In writing this book the needs of
carpenters and joiners who are studying the scientific
principles of their work have been borne in mind throughout.
Students who are attending classes at Technical Institutes to
prepare for the examinations of the City and Guilds of London
Institute in Carpentry and Joinery will find that the following
chapters have the same aims as their syllabus, inasmuch as they
are intended to develop an appreciation of general principles
rather than to encourage empirical methods of work.
fact, the educational ideal underlying the syllabus of the City
and Guilds of London Institute has constantly guided the author.
simplest types of construction have been dealt with most fully,
and the principles they embody have been emphasized continually.
Without going into great detail, these rules have
then been applied to more complicated examples; for a long
experience has convinced the author that a student who has
grasped the fundamental facts of a subject requires a minimum of
guidance in more advanced work.
Unusual prominence has been given to the elementary
parts of geometry, measurement, and mechanics, because
students of Carpentry and Joinery constantly begin their work
without this necessary preliminary knowledge.
Among other special features' of the book are the
chapters on tools and woodworking machinery as well as the large
number of pictorial diagrams of details of construction. It is
hoped that in addition to its use by students of technical
classes the book will be of service to practical men in the
workshop and to schoolmasters framing courses of manual
are given at the ends of the chapters, and ample material for
testing the knowledge of the student will be found in the
questions—chiefly derived from past examination papers of the
City and Guilds of London Institute - which immediately follow
J. W. RILEY.