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Woodworking techniques, tools and projects, and reference books

-Handicraft For Boys | by A. Frederick Collins
Did you ever think about what you'd do if you were shipwrecked on a tropical island like Robinson Crusoe ? Well, if you had a good, strong pocket-knife with you it wouldn't be so terribly bad and in a few months' time you'd have fashioned all the things you'd need to furnish a three-room palmetto bungalow. To be sure your furniture wouldn't be very highly finished but it would be awfully artistic and while in a civilized community it might be looked upon as a rare exhibit of savage workmanship, it would serve you nobly and well in your island home. But you don't have to be marooned on a lonely isle or limited to the use of a jack-knife to show your prowess as a worker in wood. All you need to do is to get some out of the way room where there is plenty of light for a workshop and buy a few good tools to work with and you'll take as keen a pleasure in making useful things with your own hands as Robinson Crusoe did.
-Let's Whittle | by LeRoy Pynn, Jr.
Whittling as a real constructive effort and not just cutting shavings from a stick requires practice, patience, and persistence, but its reward is a deep satisfaction and pride in a job well done. It provides an outlet for creative and artistic faculties. This book is destined for anyone who may be interested in a hobby that pays big dividends in satisfaction to the worker. It is my hope that the diagrams and illustrations will be interesting as well as instructive and will stimulate your creative imagination so that you will want to continue with your own projects.
-Carpentry And Mechanics For Boys | by A. Neely Hall
A boy with a hobby learns independence of thought and action
-Woodwork For Beginners | by Ira Samuel Griffith
This book has been written in the hope that it may be of service in those grammar schools where a more extended treatment of subject-matter, such as that contained in the author's Essentials of Woodworking, is not possible of utilization to an extent sufficient to warrant its adoption as an individual text. The average time presupposed for the accomplishment of the subject-matter contained herein, with its efficient application in the form of projects or models, is from one to three hours a week for a period of two years, or its equivalent. One-third of this time may well be devoted to correlated mechanical drawing.
-Advanced Projects in Woodwork | by Ira S. Griffith
Advanced Projects in Woodwork is a collection of projects designed to meet the needs of classes in high school woodworking. These projects presuppose familiarity with woodworking processes, tools, and the two simple joints required in the making of projects contained in the author's Projects in Beginning Woodwork and Mechanical Drawing
-Correlated Courses In Woodwork And Mechanical Drawing | by Ira S. Griffith
The author wishes to state that the basis of the following courses rests more upon the art or practice of teaching manual training than upon the theory. It is the result of carefully prepared plans executed under public school conditions by the author himself, covering a period of some nine years of experimentation. Wherever plans, or theory, were found producing results which common sense indicated plainly were not for the pupils' highest good, practical expediency supplanted theory.
-Carpentry | by Ira Samuel Griffith
It is the author's hope that the following text may be of service to apprentices to the trade, to vocational and trade school students, and to manual training students. The author's experience as a carpenter leads him to feel that not a few journeyman carpenters may find their horizon widened and their usefulness as framers of the unusual roof increased by a study of Chapter IV where an effort has been made to indicate how the principles involved in framing the square and octagonal roof may be "generalized" so as to make possible their application to roofs of any number of sides. Beyond this, the book makes claims to being nothing more than an elementary treatise of the essentials of carpentry.
-A Manual Of The Hand Lathe
I did not write this little book with the intention of apologizing to the prospective reader, so soon as I had done so, but with the honest, I hope not egotistical, feeling that I had something to say that was not generally known. We live to learn and to impart what we know to others, and I have taken this method of giving my experience in a pastime that is elevating, artistic in every sense of the word, and a wholesome relief from the cares of business.
-Handbook In Woodwork And Carpentry | by Charles A. King
This series consists of five volumes, four of which are intended as textbooks for pupils in manual-training, industrial, trade, technical, or normal schools. The fifth book of the series, the "Handbook in Woodwork and Carpentry," is for the use of teachers and of normal students who expect to teach the subjects treated in the other four volumes.
-Elements Of Woodwork | by Charles A. King
In preparing this book, it has been the author's purpose to present, in as complete and concise form as possible, the knowledge which every wood-worker should possess regarding the care and use of his tools and the material upon which he employs them.
-Elementary Turning | by Frank Henry Selden
The series of exercises given in this text is the result of the author's experience in teaching turning. Each model has been developed for the purpose of teaching a correct use of the tools, so that pupils can do excellent work without the long drill to acquire skill or the necessity of scraping where cutting tools should be used. If turning lathes are to be used in the school, they should be used properly. It is the hope of the author that this manual will aid such instructors as are trying to teach a rational method of turning.
-Elements Of Construction | by Charles A. King
This volume deals with the use of the common woodworking tools, the simple forms of construction used in fastening wood together, and the reading and understanding of simple drawings - all of which will be found of indispensable value, not only to the student of manual training, but to those who, either as amateurs or professionals, have anything to do with work of a mechanical nature. The problems in elementary construction are intended to familiarize the pupil with their various uses, and one or more of these problems, bearing upon the work he is to do, should precede the undertaking of any really important work
-Inside Finishing | by Charles A. King
In many places carpenters are classified as framers or outside men, and joiners or inside men; the subject matter treated in the following pages refers especially to the work of the latter, as it deals with the fitting up of the house to make it habitable after the framing, covering, and outside finishing have been completed. Certain aspects of carpentry of interest to the prospective contractor are also dealt with, and suggestions are offered which will be of assistance to him in placing his business upon a satisfactory basis.
-Constructive Carpentry | by Charles A. King
Before undertaking the work included in the following pages, the student should have passed through that contained in "Elements of Woodwork" and "Elements of Construction," or their equivalent. In preparing the material for this book, it has been the author's first purpose to arrange and present the subjects in such a manner that they will be easily adaptable to use in technical schools for students of architecture and engineering, and in trade and industrial schools for the teaching of the principles and methods of building construction, to students who plan to make carpentry a means of livelihood.
-Elementary Woodwork | by Frank Henry Selden
The object of this work is to place before pupils who are beginning woodwork such information as will lead to a correct use of the tools and lay a good foundation for advanced work without lessening in any way the other benefits of school shop work. It is designed for elementary rather than technical instruction, and therefore many problems and suggestions found in other works have been omitted. Great care, however, has been taken to arrange and illustrate the exercises employed so that pupils will avoid the common error of using tools improperly in the first years of work, and thus escape fixing habits which later will cause much trouble. We are certain there is no need of using tools improperly in the first years of shop work.
-Manual Training: First Lessons In Wood-Working | by Alfred G. Compton
The series of lessons in wood-working here presented is intended, principally, for use in schools in which hand-work is pursued as a part of general training. The order of sequence is designed to lead the pupil from one tool to another of larger capabilities, and from one operation to another requiring a higher degree of skill
-Carpentry for Boys. How-To-Do-It Series | by J. S. Zerbe
In simple language, including chapters on drawing, laying out work, designing and architecture, with 250 original illustrations.
-The Mechanical Properties Of Wood | by Samuel J. Record
Including a discussion of the factors affecting the mechanical properties, and methods of timber testing
-Manual Instruction: Woodwork. The English Sloyd | by S. Barter
Manual Instruction, especially when wood is the material used, may be nothing more than the development of mechanical skill in the use of tools; and, as such, it is understood by many of its advocates. But this is not what 'Educators' conceive Manual Training to be. The Manual Training of the school must be a training which places intellectual and moral results before mechanical skill...
-Wood-Block Printing | by F. Morley Fletcher
A description of the craft of woodcutting & colour printing based on the japanese practice by F. Morley Fletcher with drawings and illustrations by the author and A. W. Seaby. Also collotype reproductions of various examples of printing, and an original print designed and cut by the author printed by hand on japanese taper.
-Wood-Carving. Design And Workmanship | by George Jack
Be you apprentice or student, or what is still better, both in one, I introduce the following pages to you with this explanation: that all theoretical opinions set forth therein are the outcome of many years of patient sifting and balancing of delicate questions, and these have with myself long since passed out of the category of mere "opinions" into that of settled convictions. With regard to the practical matter of "technique," it lies very much with yourself to determine the degree of perfection to which you may attain. This depends greatly upon the amount of application which you may be willing or able to devote to its practise.
-Woodwork Joints | by William Fairham
To be successful in woodwork construction the possession of two secrets is essential - to know the right joint to use, and to know how to make that joint in the right way. The woodwork structure or the piece of cabinet-work that endures is the one on which skilful hands have combined to carry out what the constructive mind planned. And it is just here that the present Volume will help, not alone the beginner who wishes preliminary instruction, but also the expert who desires guidance over ground hitherto unexplored by him.
-Selected Woodwork Shop Problems | by George A. Seaton
The persistent demand for certain numbers of the Manual Training Magazine has made it evident to the publishers that some of the articles in these numbers ought to be reprinted and sold at such a price as will enable teachers to purchase them in quantities for use in their classes. Moreover, it is believed that from time to time in the future, the Magazine will publish articles which, owing to their special value, ought to be reprinted soon after they appear in the Magazine.
-Tool Processes In Woodworking | by A. P. Laughlin
This little book is intended to set out only those things that a boy must know in order to do intelligent work with the usual woodworking tools. It is peculiar in what it omits as well as in the way it presents its subject-matter. It omits everything that the boy can find out easily for himself or that does not contribute to his understanding and skill in the use of tools. Under the head of Reference Work these omissions are suggested as topics for study. Let the students look up these matters as they come to them. A few reference books will do for a large class when used in this way and the boys will come to see the value of books and learn how to use them in their work.
-Manual Training In The Grades | by Frank Halstead
The following courses in Manual Training for the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades were prepared after eight years of careful study, during which time the author visited over 250 cities and towns in the New England States, New York and New Jersey. The courses are arranged progressively and presented in as clear and simple a way as possible, - the drawings themselves being self-explanatory.
-Shop Projects Based On Community Problems | by Myron G. Burton
Modern Educators have come to realize that the only avenue of approach to the child's mind is through the light of his experience, therefore recent text-books are being so arranged as to utilize the things with which the child comes in contact outside of school as well as in the classroom in guiding him into new fields of knowledge. Under the old school the plan of the text-book was to arrange the subject-matter in a logical and scientific way, giving but little consideration to the immediate interest of the child, or to the natural steps of his development. This so-called logical arrangement placed the paramount consideration on a skillful organization of the great store of racial subject-matter, and was no doubt quite satisfactory to the learned scholar or the mature mind provided with a broad field of experience...
-Workshop Notes & Sketches For Handicraft Classes
Being a first year's course in wood & metal working
-Boring, Recessing And Multiple Turning Tools
A boring tool or boring-bar is, in itself, a very simple tool and yet, in its various applications, it may require considerable forethought in order to obtain a tool which will be exactly the right one for the job. In order to properly design any kind of a cutting tool, an intimate knowledge of the actual working conditions which are met with in using the tool is a valuable asset. There are a number of factors which influence the design of boring tools and there are also many types of machinery to which boring tools may be applied...
-Problems In Woodworking | by M. W. Murray
A Realization of the difficulty in obtaining drawings of good models which can be given as class exercises has led to the preparation of these problems. The aim has been to save teachers the labor of making drawings and blue prints of models, many of which are in general use at the present time. No attempt has been made to plan a course of study or to arrange the models with any special regard to a logical order of exercises, but for convenience they have been grouped by grades. No models have been included which have not been successfully made by boys in the three upper grammar grades.
-A Laboratory Course In Wood-Turning | by Michael Joseph Golden
The practice of wood-turning is an art relative to which there is little published, and there is, in consequence, little chance for arriving at conclusions as to the best method for performing any given operation; so there is a wide diversity in the methods by which different operators arrive at the same results. Some use one tool almost exclusively, while others use a large variety of tools. The following exercises are designed to give the operator command of the more commonly used tools, using each for the operations for which it is especially fitted.
-Elementary Sloyd And Whittling | by Gustaf Larsson
Sloyd is tool work so arranged and employed as to stimulate and promote vigorous, intelligent self - activity for a purpose which the worker recognizes as good. By 'Elementary Sloyd' is meant bench work in wood, in two dimensions adapted to children from eight to twelve years of age. In 1889 I published a series of working drawings for 'Preliminary Sloyd' with a teachers' 'sloyd Manual of Working Directions.' The changes and improvements made since that time are the results gained from the experience of many teachers, and are embodied in the course here outlined.
-Sloyd: Educational Manual Training | by Everett Schwartz
The object of this book is to give to teachers a complete system of work, based upon purely educational principles, extending from the kindergarten through the high school; a system that has been tried with success in some of the best schools, and pronounced most excellent by leading educators of the country; a system, too, that the best educated mechanics consider sound and practical as well as progressive. Moreover, it is a system that will set teachers to thinking and inventing for themselves; and, while it will give them an opportunity to learn how to make correctly with tools the models preparatory to teaching, it will cause them to see the vital connection between the Manual Training and the other school work.
-Scientific Sloyd | by Anna Molander
"Sloyd" is the verbal expression for a combined mental and manual training along correct pedagogical lines. Its purpose is a distinct educational one in opposition to the merely domestic and mechanical industries. The word "Sloyd" is derived from the Swedish language.
-The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slojd | by Otto Salomon
As practised and taught at naas containing explanations and details of each exercise. With practical directions for making the models.
-Hand-Craft: The Most Reliable Basis Of Technical Education In Schools And Classes | by John D. Sutcliffe
A text book embodying a system of pure mechanical art, without the aid of machinery ; Being an english exposition of slojd as cultivated in sweden, and generally adopted by all scandinavian peoples, to their great advantage.
-Handcraft In Wood And Metal | by John Hooper and Alfred J. Shirley
A handbook of training in their practical working for teachers, students and craftsmen
-Manual Training For The Rural Schools | by Louis M. Roehl
A Group Of Farm and Home Woodworking Problems
-Art And Education In Wood-Turning | by William W. Klenke
This book is intended primarily for the use of students in normal schools, high schools, colleges or similar institutions and for lovers of all things useful and beautiful in wood-turning. It aims by means of text and illustrations to give such facts about the art of wood-turning as are needed by students and teachers in the schools. In giving these facts, whenever there is a question between two methods of procedure, the one being the method of the factory expert in wood-turning, and the other the method of the art craftsman in the school, the latter has been employed. As a result it is sometimes true that a less direct method is recommended than is employed by the commercial turner, but this is justified on the ground of the purpose of the book, which is fundamentally educational.
-Lathe Design, Construction And Operation
A complete practical work on the lathe. giving its origin and development. its design. Its various types as manufactured by different builders, including engine lathes, heavy lathes, highspeed lathes, special lathes, turret lathes, electrically driven lathes, and many others. Lathe attachments, lathe work, lathe tools, rapid change gear mechanisms, speeds and feeds, power for cutting tools, lathe testing, turning tapers, methods of milling and grinding in the lathe, thread cutting, lathe installation, etc.
-Bench Work In Wood | by W. F. M. Goss
Most of the illustrations presented with the following chapters are in the form of Mechanical Drawings. To the novice, these may appear confusing; but careful attention to some of the principles underlying their construction will enable him readily to interpret their meaning. A mechanical drawing, as distinguished from a perspective drawing, or picture, instead of giving all the characteristics of an object at a glance, presents them in detail, giving in one view one set of elements, in another view another set of elements, and so on, until the form of the object is accurately defined.
-Design and Construction in Wood | by William Noyes
The purpose of the following studies is, (I) to give to beginners in woodworking an opportunity for the acquisition of skill in the handling of tools, and, (II) some practice in designing simple projects in wood.
-Our Workshop
Being A Practical Guide To The Amateur In The Art Of Carpentry And Joinery
-The Art And Craft Of Cabinet-Making | by David Denning
A practical handbook to the construction of cabinet furniture the use of tools, formation of joints, hints on designing and setting out work, veneering, etc. Together with a review of the development of furniture
-The Cabinet-Maker's Assistant
A series original designs for modern furniture, with descriptions and details of construction. Preceded by practical observations on the materials and manufacture of cabinet-work and instructions in drawing adapted to the trade.
-The Carpenters, Joiners, Cabinet Makers, And Gilders' Companion | by F. Reinnel
Containing rules and instructions in the art of carpentry, joining, cabinet making, and gilding; veneering, inlaying, varnishing and polishing, dying and staining wood, ivory, etc, the best methods of preparing glue, cements and compositions and a variety of valuable receipts; with illustrations showing the various methods of dove-tailing, mortice and tenonding, etc. etc. etc.
-Elementary Woodwork | by George B. Kilbon
The title given to this book was chosen because of the purpose to present fundamental exercises in a simple form for the use of beginners. Effort has been made to detail operations minutely, hoping to be of service to novices, though well aware that no book can be a substitute for an efficient instructor. The arrangement is from the easy to the difficult by successive steps, and is designed to give boys of twelve years and upward primary command of the use of a set comprising the principal wood-working tools. The smaller planes and saws are chiefly used. Other tools are of standard size. Small pieces of wood are used, since elementary instruction can be better given thereby. The different kinds of nail-driving, and the use of gauge and try-square, are first taught on boards prepared by machinery. The ability to use each tool should be mastered before undertaking the study of another.
-Exercises In Wood-Working | by Ivin Sickels
With a short treatise on wood written for manual training classes in schools and colleges.
-Modern Carpentry And Building | by W. A. Sylvester
Giving methods of obtaining the various cuts in carpentry. also, stair building, builders' estimates, slide rule, steel square, strength of materials, mathematical rules, etc. Also giving a mumber of half-tone views of beautiful modern residences, together with convenient modern floor plans; Also, a complete set of framing flans, showing most approved method of modern construction.
-Elementary Principles Carpentry | by Thomas Tredgold
The theory of carpentry is founded on two distinct branches of mechanical science: one informs us how strains are transmitted through a system of framing, and is determined by that part which treats of the equality and distribution of forces; the other, how to proportion the parts, so that they may be sufficiently strong to resist the strains to which they are exposed, or that which treats of the strength or resistance of materials. Each of these will be considered in the most simple manner the subject will admit of, with the addition of rules and practical remarks.
-Rustic Carpentry | by Paul N. Hasluck
This Handbook contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a number of articles on Rustic Carpentry contributed by various authors to Work - one of the journals it is my fortune to edit.
-The Carpenters' Guide | by Harvey Miller
Treating on lines and the square also giving practical rules and methods on carpentry
-Wood Turning | by George Alexander Ross
This little work is sent out with the hope that it may prove of practical benefit to those into whose hands it may come.
-Turning Lathes | by James Lukin
A Guide To Turning, Screw-Cutting, Metal-Spinning, Ornamental Turning, Etc. For Technical Schools And Apprentices
-A Course In Wood Turning | by Archie S. Milton, Otto K. Milton
This book is the outgrowth of problems given to high school pupils by the writers, and has been compiled in logical sequence. Stress is laid upon the proper use of tools, and the problems are presented in such a way that each exercise, or project, depends somewhat on the one preceding. It is not the idea of the writers that all problems shown should be made, but that the instructor select only such as will give the pupils enough preliminary work in the use of the tools to prepare them for other models following.
-Text-Book Of Modern Carpentry | by Thomas William Silloway
Comprising a treatise on building-timber, with rules and tables for calculating its strength, and the strains to which each timber op a structure is subjected; obserbations on roofs, crusses, bribgcs, etc.; and a glossary, explaining at length the technical terms in use among carpenters.
-Woodwork Course For Boys | by William Nelson
Consisting of a graduated series of thirty models, arranged so as to cover the requirements of the science and art department, south kensington. Containing full working drawings, and practical directions for making each model.
-Woodworking For Beginners: A Manual for Amateurs | by Charles G. Wheeler
The aim of this book is to suggest to amateurs of all ages many things which they can profitably make of wood, and to start them in the way to work successfully. It is hoped that, in the case of boys, it may show them pleasant and useful ways to work off some of their surplus energy, and at the same time contribute toward their harmonious all-round development...
-Carpentry For Beginners - Things To Make | by John D. Adams
There is no lack of textbooks telling the amateur carpenter with mathematical exactness just how to make a dovetail joint or a mortise and tenon connection. The beginner has no difficulty in finding ample instruction as to the theory of carpentry, and may read at great length precisely how to hold the hammer or manipulate a plane. With this phase of the subject the present volume has no concern. It is not expected that those to whom the book is addressed aim to become professional carpenters. The object of the volume is 'merely to present as clearly as possible an interesting 'and practical field to the young craftsman, and this is sufficient for the reason that if the work is made 'interesting he will soon find out all he needs to know about tools, and if the results are of practical value he will not lack encouragement...
-Educational Woodworking For Home And School | by Joseph C. Park
Manual training is a general term which signifies the expressing of ideas in things by means of tools in working with such materials as paper, cardboard, clay, wood, iron, brass, copper, tin, etc. Manual training does not include work with apparatus, neither is its purpose to teach a trade. Man is by nature a tool-using animal and has been so from remote periods of antiquity. Let us stop to consider briefly how much of the history of mankind is written in the tools that have come down to us. We look at the pens made of reeds which were used by the ancient Egyptians and a series of facts are revealed by means of those tools which were used by man more than four thousand years ago.
-The Elements Of Wood Ship Construction | by W. H. Curtis
"The Ship's Foundation" Every structure must have a suitable foundation. Floating structures, such as ships, are built on temporary foundations called slips. When completed they are then launched, or permitted to slide into the water. While the slip is purely a temporary foundation for the ship during construction, it usually is permanent in itself and may be used for many ships.

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