Infill Planes


Masters' Library


Modern Carpentry by Frederick T. Hodgson, 1917





Good wine, says Shakespeare, "needs no bush," which of course means that when a thing is good in itself, praise makes it no better.   So with a book, if it is good, it needs no preface to make it better.

The author of this book flatters himself that the work he has done on it, both as author and compiler, is good; therefore, from his standpoint a preface to it is somewhat a work of supererogation. 

His opinion regarding the quality of the book may be questioned, but after forty years' experience as a writer of books for builders, all of which have met with success, and during that time over thirty years editor of one of the most popular building journals in America, he feels his opinion, reinforced as it is by thousands of builders and woodworkers throughout the country, should be entitled to some weight.

Be that as it may, however, this little book is sent out with a certainty that the one and a half million of men and boys who earn their living by working wood, and fashioning it for useful or ornamental purposes, will appreciate it, because of its main object, which is to lessen their labors by placing before them the quickest and most approved methods of construction.

The necessity of preparing a second edition of this work has become so urgent that its publication cannot be longer delayed.

The demand for it has almost out grown our means of production, and our supply is about exhausted, so we hasten to take advantage of this condition to enlarge and improve the work and render it more acceptable and valuable than ever.


The additions and improvements now made to the work are of so very useful and practical a character that we are sure they will prove of benefit to the workman, and to the general student of the carpenter and joiners' art.

It is hardly necessary for me to indulge in a long preamble setting forth the good qualities contained in the contents of this work, as all this has been before the people now for several years; all recent developments in the carpenter trade, however, have been added, so that the present volume will be found to contain the very latest practice of doing things.

The additional matter and diagrams will, I am sure, commend themselves to the workman, and will, I hope, prove a help to him in his everyday labors.



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