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
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
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
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.
FRED T. HODGSON