In offering this Work on Carpentry to the
American Carpenter and Joiner, the author desires it to be
understood that the work is not intended to take the place of
any of the larger and more exhaustive works on the subject; but
is designed more particularly
for use as a hand-book by the workman that has not had time or
opportunity to thoroughly commit to memory the principles
it contains, and to occupy a small corner in the workman's
tool chest, so that it may be referred to for consultation
circumstances require it.
It is quite true that many similar books have been written on
the subject, each one of which possesses more or less merit, and
the enquiring and progressive workman will make an effort to
procure a copy of each kind, so that he may get at the readiest
methods of performing the various operations of getting the
himself that he has been able to string together a greater
amount lengths and angles
of rafters, cuts and curves for circular roofs, and lines for
hoppers, raking mouldings and other beveled work; but there are
thousands of workmen whose
limited means will not permit of
their purchasing a great number of these books, and who can not
afford to buy the high-priced volumes which contain all the
ordinary workman would require to know. It is for these men
this manual is prepared.
The author flatters himself that he
has been able to string together a great amount of real practical matter in this little work then was ever before
offered for three times its price.
Another thing too, which
the work more value, is the fact that every rule and solution
in it can be depended upon, as an experience of
many years in the supervision of workmen has given the author
ample opportunities to test nearly every rule the
Almost everything of a theoretical nature has
been avoided, so
as to bring its utility within the grasp of those workmen who
not had the benefit of a common school education, and without
the understanding of every apprentice boy.
It has been deemed
necessary to introduce a chapter on the formation of geometrical
figures, so as to give the reader the necessary knowledge
to construct understandingly the figures that follow in the
but everything of a mystifying nature has been kept out, so that
it is hoped the reader will not get frightened at the threshold
and drop the book because of the geometrical figures that
It must be borne in mind that all figures described
by pen or pencil, that have for their object the delineation of
house plans, bridges, or other like work, are composed of
combinations, and every mechanic has to meet these
combinations every day, in some shape or other, when pursuing
his regular occupation, and it is therefore quite necessary that
should know something of the principles that underlie the
of the drawings he works after.
It need hardly be said here that the material for this work
has been drawn from a large number of sources, as anyone at all
conversant with the science of carpentry and joinery will
discover that such has been the case.
Thanks are due the publishers for their liberality in
keeping the price of this book - which is necessarily an expensive
one to publish - at a sum which places it within the reach of
workman in the country.
It is believed the book will be appreciated by the persons
for whom it is designed.
New York, 1883.