I made a pass through some local antique stores today on my way home from work and found an interesting book. Interesting that is if you have galloot like tendencies. Unfortunately the trip did not turn up any interesting tools. The book is the 1902 edition of Benchwork in Wood by W. F. M. Gross. The book was orignally printed in 1887. It has coverage of hand tools, techniques, wood, and jointry. It is going to be a very interesting read.The book is divided into 3 main parts
- Bench tools – Covers all of the tools and provides recommendations on a set of basic tools needed to work wood.
- Bench work – Covers how to measure, cut, chisel and plane wood. Provides exercises
- Elements of wood construction – Information on lumber, joints, etc..
Probably the most interesting thing is that I found the book was scanned and is available on line in the Stanford Library. Here is the link. You can download the book for free in PDF format. It is 2.9Mb. Hopefully, this will be of interest to some of the folks here. Let me know what you think.
I’m hoping to get some work in the shop in this weekend. Perhaps I will begin the restoration of another plane. Also, I have a bunch of Redwood to mill in preparation for making some chairs. We will see if I get there given it is mothers day weekend and I am leaving Sunday afternoon for a week long business trip.
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