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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
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.
To say more in this preface is unnecessary and a waste of time
for both reader and author.
FRED T. HODGSON.