The subject of wood-finishing is
one that interests every person who has anything to do with the
construction or decoration of buildings, be he architect,
carpenter and joiner, painter, decorator or carver, and it is to
meet the requirements of these artists and artisans, in these
respects, that this work has been prepared.
In order to make the book as
complete as possible it has been necessary to consult a variety
of authorities on the subject, and cull from them whatever in my
opinion - based on experience - I thought best, and here and
there add to, or eliminate, such matter as my experience proved
to be good on the one hand, and what I thought useless or absurd
on the other.
I am of course aware that there are
some methods of finishing that I have not touched
upon; such as the finishing of musical instruments, toys, wooden
bric-a-brac, lacquered Japanned ware, walking sticks, etc.,
But as this work is only intended for the finishing of
wood-work employed in the construction and completion of
buildings, it was thought better to confine it to that
department alone; thereby keeping its cost within reasonable
Among the works drawn from I may
CABINET-MAKING AND UPHOLSTERY, THE BUILDER AND
WOOD-WORKERS, CARPENTRY AND BUILDING, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN,
FURNITURE MEN'S MANUAL, SPON'S WORKSHOP RECEIPTS, THE WORKSHOP
COMPANION, ENGLISH MECHANIC, HOUSE PAINTING AND DECORATING, THE
PAINTERS MAGAZINE AND COACH PAINTER, ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA,
ninth edition, and many other works.
While believing the work, as now
presented to be equal, if not superior to any published on the
subject; I feel that it is defective in some minor points; as it
would be impossible to convey to the mind of the operator all
the minutiae of each and every process required in
wood-finishing; for the perfect wood-finisher can only be the
outcome of experience and observation added to the knowledge and
instructions derived from the teachings of others.
FRED T. HODGSON
NEW YORK, August, 1892.