The Practical Man's Book of Things to Make and Do

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Read Books, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 388 pages
The Practical Man's Book Of Things To Make And Do - J. E. Wheeler - INTRODUCTION - IT does not matter very much what particular form the pastime may takewhether it be woodworking, metalworking, household decoration, gardening or any other of the numerous spare-time occupations-the man with a hobby is generally far happier, more resourceful and better able to think things out for himself than one who has no interest in anything other than his usual routine of work, meals and sleep. . The man who can use tools properly is to be envied, for the field in which he can exercise his ability and skill is practically unlimited. He need never be bored for lack of something to do. There are hundreds of useful things to be made out of doors during the summer months and innumerable articles which can be constructed in the shelter of a room or workshop during the long evenings of winter. And not only does such employment occupy spare time in a pleasant manner and satisfy the natural instinct to create something with ones own hands, but it is possible to make such recreations pay for themselves. Numerous cases can be instanced where new tools and equipment have been procured out of small commissions-such as making or repairing articles of furniture, decorating rooms, cycle repairing and what not and many an amateur has looked to his tools as a temporary means of earning a livelihood when other ways have failed. The man who selects carpentry as a means of occupying his spare time is to be congratulated on his choice, for few crafts involving the use of tools offer more variety. More over, working in wood has the advantage of promoting much healthy physical exercise. Each kind of handiwork, however, has its own peculiar charm and...................

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