However lucid instructions may be it is impossible in such a complex subject as cabinet-making to foresee every difficulty which may occur to the novice or to give directions which shall cover and apply in every instance. Unless the design and specification are alike each piece of furniture differs in some detail of construction from others, and on each point of divergence the beginner may, even if he does not meet with a serious difficulty, be in some doubt as to the best or correct method. To meet such cases the publishers have pleasure in stating that they have arranged with the author of this book for those who wish to do so to avail themselves of his advice and experience.
This is no doubt an innovation, but there are few whose information on any craft is derived mainly or even partially from books who have not felt that it would be an advantage to avail themselves of skilled advice. The want is no doubt partially supplied by some technical periodicals, but from the interval which must necessarily elapse before the inquirer's answer can be published, much, and often valuable, time is necessarily wasted. By direct correspondence this can be avoided, and there are no doubt many who will gladly avail themselves of the facilities now afforded of quickly obtaining reliable advice and guidance. In addition to helping those in difficulty, it will be of interest to many to know that they can be supplied with either small or working drawings, and that in the event of these being made by themselves they can submit them for rectification if necessary. By this means loss caused by mistakes, which may not be discovered till the work is being proceeded with, can be avoided, and beginners will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are working on correct lines.
It is only natural that the author cannot undertake this work or devote time and attention to it without remuneration, and it is quite impossible to give a scale of fees which will be applicable in every instance. The fees will be regulated by the information required; or, in the case of drawings, by the amount of work, and will be kept as low as they consistently can be in order that all may avail themselves of the privileges offered.
Those who wish to avail themselves of the Author's aid must proceed as follows :-
State as fully as possible the cause of difficulty and information wanted, or if drawings are to be revised, send them. As soon as possible Mr, Denning will state his fee, and on receipt of this will supply what is wanted.
All letters for him must be enclosed to the publishers with a stamped envelope directed merely Mr. Denning, leaving space for his address to be filled in by them. A stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed for Mr. Denning's reply, which will be sent direct to the inquirer.
Every care will be taken, but no responsibility can be undertaken either by the publishers or by the author in the event of loss or mistake.
Mr. Denning may be consulted in any part of the country on payment of adequate fees and travelling expenses, so that those who wish to fit up or arrange workshops or rooms may have his advice. He will also undertake to recommend unusual or new tools which may be specially applicable to any particular class of work. Indeed, to sum up it may be said that the author is willing to act as adviser on any matter connected with furniture, and in making this arrangement the publishers feel confident that they are studying the best interests of the readers who may desire to improve themselves.
It may also be said for the benefit of those who wish to take personal lessons in cabinet-making, that in most of the larger towns Mr. Denning can give the names of skilled artisans who will do what is necessary.
(Signed) Whittaker & Co.