In presenting the American edition
of this little work to the public, we believe we are supplying a
want that has long been felt by the Young Mechanics of this
country, and many others who desire to become versed in the
practical use of tools. We know of no other book published in
this country or England, in which the method of using tools is
so clearly explained; and although written more especially for
boys and beginners, it contains much information that will be of
great value to the practical mechanic.
The author is evidently
thoroughly acquainted with his subject, and understands how to
communicate his ideas in a simple and concise manner.
The first six chapters are devoted
to the description of Tools for working wood and the manner of
using them, beginning with the simplest operations, requiring
but few tools, and gradually leading on to the more difficult,
giving examples of all the methods of joining and finishing work
that are in common use among good workmen, and in this
connection we would like to call attention to the small number
of tools the author requires for performing all these different
operations, the idea among amateurs and boys generally being,
that if you only have tools enough you can make anything.
is not so, and if the beginner will follow the advice of the
author, and buy a few good tools, and learn the use of them
thoroughly, and gradually add to his stock as his knowledge of
their use increases, he will find it greatly to his advantage.
The next five chapters relate to
the lathe, and the art of turning.
The author follows the same
plan as in the first part of the book, and gives more practical
information in these few pages than we have seen in any other
book on the subject, most of them being written apparently for
finished mechanics, and not for beginners.
The Art of Turning as
an amusement is beginning to attract considerable attention in
this country, but not so much as it deserves and would obtain,
if it were more generally known how many beautiful and useful
articles can be produced in the lathe.
The expense of the
necessary tools has deterred many from attempting to learn this
branch of mechanics; but we believe if any one has the time and
patience to devote to the work, they will never have occasion to
regret the money spent for this purpose.
The last four chapters contain
practical instruction in model-making and working in metal. This
part of the book we would particularly recommend to inventors
who desire to make their own models, as it contains information
in regard to files, drills, and the various small tools used on
metal, and also directions for laying out work, which are
invaluable to a novice in such operations, and will save him
much time and trouble.
As this book was originally
published in London, where the facilities for getting many kinds
of small tools are better than in this country, perhaps a little
advice as to the best way of getting such tools as may be
required will not be out of place.
In most of the large Hardware
Stores, carpenters' tools will be found, put up in chests, at
prices varying from five to fifty dollars or more; but we should
not advise the amateur to buy any of these, as the quality of
the tools is not always reliable, and as they are usually fitted
up to make as much show as possible for the money, they contain
many tools which are of very little use.
The best way is to make
a list of the tools required, and select them for your self.
The most important thing is to have
the Cutting tools of good quality. We give below the names of
some of the best makers of tools; if you purchase any of these,
you may be sure of the quality.
On Saws, — HENRY DISSTON,
GROVES & SON.
On Chisels and Gouges, — BUCK
BROS, MOULSON BROS.
On Plane Irons, — MOULSON
BROS., WM. BUTCHER.
On Files, — P. S. STUBS,
GREAVES & SON, EARL & Co.
On Rules and Squares, — STANLEY
RULE AND LEVEL Co.