In getting out the present work it has been my
constant aim to take up the subject of building construction in
a systematic and concise way. With this object in view, I have
first treated the subject of geometry in so far as it proved a
help in carpentry. Every example given involves some fundamental
principle of carpentry and if thoroughly mastered will prove of
inestimable value later on in the work.
chapter is devoted to the use of the steel square in carpentry
in which a number of suggestions are given, especially along the
line of roof framing which will help to simplify what was
formerly a troublesome part of carpenter work.
In treating the subject of house framing, both
good and faulty methods of construction are given so as to more
clearly bring out the errors most common in the trade. Various
ways of constructing cornice, sills and porches are illustrated.
Framing studding and joist bearer and cutting window openings
are also described in a comprehensive manner.
In the chapter of roof construction it has been
thought best to start with the simplest shed roof and work into
the more complicated roofs, covering in the chapter all the
principles involved in their construction.
The department of questions and answers is one
of the most useful, interesting and instructive parts of this
They are questions which have arisen in the daily work of
practical carpenters all over the country and in answering them
my aim has been to make them as clear and concise as possible so
as to be understood by everyone.
Original illustrative diagrams, over two hundred in number, are
contained in the work, including many full-page illustrations
which give clearer and better ideas than could be given in any