An experience, somewhat
extended, in teaching academic branches of learning as well
as woodworking, has convinced the author that the most
effective teaching of woodworking can be accomplished only
when its content is made a subject of as diligent study as
is that of the other and older branches. Such a study
necessitates the use, by the student, of a textbook.
It is important that a beginner
should become impressed with the necessity of keeping his
tools in the best condition. Good results can be obtained
only when tools are kept sharp and clean, and used only for
the purposes for which they are made.
sharpened and properly used permit one to work
easily as well as accurately.
When it becomes necessary for
the worker to use undue strength because of the dullness of
his tools, "troubles" begin to accumulate and the "pleasure
of doing" is soon changed to despair. Orderliness and carefulness,
with knowledge and patience, are sure to bring good results;
just as a lack of them will bring failure.
The bench top must not be
marked with pencil or scratched unnecessarily.
are to protect the top from any accidental cuts and should
always be used for that purpose. Bench tops that are scraped
and shellacked or oiled every other year ought to remain in
as good condition as when new except for the few accidental
marks too deep to remove, which the thoughtless boy may have
Good workers take pride in
keeping their benches in good order. Tools that are not in
immediate use should be placed in their racks that they may
not be injured or
cause injury to the worker.
At the close of the period the
bright parts of tools that have come in contact with
perspiring hands should be wiped off with oily waste kept
for that purpose. All tools should then be put away in their
proper places and the top of the bench brushed clean.
beginner should also understand that, important as are the
results he may be able to produce in wood, more serious
results are being produced in himself in the habits he is
Carefulness, neatness, accuracy, ability to
economize in time and material, ability to "think" and "to
do" because of the thinking, honesty, orderliness - these are some of the more important results that are oftentimes