Woodworking for Beginners: A Manual for Amateurs

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907 - Woodwork - 551 pages
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Iam 57 y.o. just started woodworking .I love this book it covers the bases that other books and mag. over look . The section on trees/boards is easy to under stand unlike other books that get into to much detail and is overwhelming . Over all I am enjoying this book a lot . Take time to read it . its worth your time  

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Page 253 - The square described on the hypothenuse of a rightangled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares described on the other two sides.
Page 140 - ... imposed upon it, and never sawn at all, the toes are fastened by a leather strap. Another strap goes round the heel in a sort of loop fashion, securing the foot, but at the same time giving the heel full play. A special ski boot is worn over enormously thick horsehair stockings. This boot has no hard sole at all, and, instead of being sewn at the sides, the large piece of thick leather which goes under the foot is brought well over the top and secured to what might ordinarily be called a leather...
Page 2 - Indian workman is seated on the ground, hence the small elevation of the axes of his lathe. The boy, who gives motion to the work, sits or kneels on the other side of it holding the ends of the cord wrapped around it in his hands, pulling them alternately ; the cutting being restricted to one half of the motion, that of the work towards the tool.
Page 2 - The practice is as follows ; — when any portion of household furniture has to be turned, the wood turner is sent for ; he comes with all his outfit and establishes himself for the occasion at the very door of his employer. He commences by digging two holes in the ground at a distance suitable to the length of the work, and in these he fixes two short wooden posts, securing them as strongly as he can by ramming the earth and driving in wedges and stones around them.
Page 263 - It is for this reason that the cottage is one of the embellishments of natural scenery which deserve attentive consideration. It is beautiful always, and everywhere. Whether looking out of the woody dingle with its eye-like window, and sending up the motion of azure smoke between the silver trunks of aged trees ; or grouped among the bright cornfields of the fruitful plain; or forming...
Page 1 - Nevertheless he can use Tools, can devise Tools: with these the granite mountain melts into light dust before him; he kneads glowing iron, as if it were soft paste; seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without Tools: without Tools he is nothing, with Tools he is all.
Page 4 - ... worth of highly polished and elaborate machine-made implements, and contemplate the work often done with them, — with everything binding that should go loose, and everything rattling that should be tight, and much work that has to be done twice over, with an indication everywhere of a poverty of ideas, — and then recall the Japanese carpenter with his ridiculously light and flimsy tool-box containing a meagre assortment of rude and primitive tools...
Page 4 - ... their fathers were not carpenters, nor will their children be ; and herein alone the Japanese carpenter has an immense advantage over the American, for his trade, as well as other trades, have been perpetuated through generations of families. The little children have been brought up amidst the odor of fragrant shavings, — have with childish hands performed the duties of an adjustable vise or clamp ; and with the same tools which when children they have handed to their fathers, they have in...
Page 234 - Shrink back to my paternal cell, A little house, with trees a-row, And, like its master, very low.

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