Some twelve or
fourteen years ago, I prepared a little manual on "Hardwood
Finishing," which became quite popular, and to some extent
remains so up to the present writing.
The little work, however,
was far from complete, and I have been asked by a large number
of woodworkers to extend the limits of the work, or to
reorganize and add more to the subject of
After considering the matter, I was impressed by the latter
suggestion, as the title "Hardwood Finisher" seemed to be
somewhat misleading, as the intention of the book was to give
general instructions in finishing woods of all kinds - hard and
soft - and not only making them ready for the varnisher and
polisher, but also to instruct the workman in the latter process
as well as the former.
I have therefore embodied in this new
work a number of directions for making and finishing the raw
wood, making it ready for the finisher or varnisher and
polisher; and have also given directions and formulas for mixing
the materials and applying them to the prepared wood.
It goes without saying, that to make a work of this kind useful,
it must contain much that has been published before, and much
that is taken from the workshop and from the experience of
workmen, many of whom have given me their own methods of
I am also indebted to a number of current journals,
such as "Carpentry and Building," "The National Builder,"
"Scientific American," "The Carpenter," "The Woodworker," "The
English Mechanic," "The Painter's Gazette," and several others.
While the present work may not be as complete as it might be, I
have some reason to think it very much superior to any work of
the kind now in the market, as it covers more ground, and deals
with the subject of wood-finishing in a more extended and
complete manner than any other work devoted to the subject that
I know of.
However, be this as it may, every effort has been
made to obtain the best and latest information on the subject
and to put it in such a form that the regular every-day workman
may understand what is intended to be conveyed. If I have failed
to make everything clear to the reader it is because of the lack
of ability on my part, not because of desire to do so.
FRED T. HODGSON
Collingwood, Ont., Canada.
Oct. 1st, 1904.