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  Hardening, Tempering, Annealing and Forging of Steel by Joseph V. Woodworth - 1902    


In preparing this treatise the author has had as an incitement the knowledge that there was very little information to be had on the treatment and working of steel of practical value to the general mechanic. For this reason he is convinced that a practical book on the treatment and working of the metal as modern demands necessitate, that is, in regard to heating, annealing, forging, hardening and tempering processes, cannot fail to prove of interest and value to all mechanics who use tools or who are in any way engaged in the working of metals.

When the fact is considered that tools made from the best grades of steel will not perform the work required unless they have been treated properly during the various heating processes, the value of a knowledge of the most satisfactory and approved arrangements and methods to the mechanic is at once apparent. 

With the object in view of giving to practical men a book treating and presenting this paramount subject in a clear, concise and practical manner, the author has drawn upon a personal experience of many years, gathered all the information obtainable, eliminating all unnecessary and obsolete matter, and added all that is approved, up-to-date and authentic.


In regard to originality we lay claim to very little, for, although the facts contained in a large number of the items have been gained through years of experience at the forge, bench and machine, we are indebted to others for a greater portion, and merely claim to have, as a great poet has said, "gathered the fruits of other men's labors and bound them with our own string." 

To the technical journals, notably the American Machinist, Machinery, the Iron Age, the Scientific American, the Age of Steel, Modern Machinery, and Shop Talk; to master mechanics of well-known shops, to many American machine-tool and tool and die making concerns, and to individual fellow craftsmen, the author takes pleasure in herein acknowledging his indebtedness, with thanks for a laree number of facts contained in this volume.

Although the writer is aware that his efforts will meet with criticism from those who may feel that it is not technical enough, or that some particular process or special method has been ignored, he is pleased to assure the reader that all that it does contain has been authenticated, and he is convinced that the majority will find in its pages information which will assist them in overcoming trials and difficulties met with in the working of this "truly wondrous metal."

Brooklyn, N. Y., December, 1902.




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