|Review by MsDebbieP||posted 10-18-2011 05:05 PM||2406 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This book review is from the October 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag
Gary Roberts (Toolemera.com) is donating a book for a free draw! (See below for details)
Woodwork Joints by William Fairham 1920
1920, you say? Yes, oh yes. I have a wee bit of an addiction to books and to have in my hands wisdom that was written almost a century ago is better than having some Swiss chocolate for a treat.
The sub-title of the book found on the inside pages does a great job of describing the contents: Woodwork Joints: How they are set out, how made and where used, with four hundred illustrations and index.
Included in the list of joints are the typical names, from “glued” to “mortise and tenon” to “scarf”, “dovetail grooving”, and “mitred”. There is also a chapter on “curved work”, “miscellaneous joints” and, perhaps my favourite – “Puzzle joints” – not that you will ever see me attempt to make one.
Flipping through the pages (no, I haven’t read the entire book) I did take a closer look at the “glued joint” as this is what I’d say is my level of woodworking. But, alas, I found that gluing two pieces of wood together is not as simple as it sounds. To create a good glue joint I apparently need a jack plane, a wooden trying plane, a try square, winding laths, and a straight edge! And the process itself, well – I thought it was simply lining the wood up, gluing and clamping it together. But there is wood movement to consider as well as the grain line, because, as stated in the book “nothing looks worse than a dressing chest end or similar piece of work in which the grains run haphazard.”
This should give you an idea of the thoroughness and the high standards within the pages of this book. If you are a book lover, a book addict, or a practical woodworker who wants to improve his joinery skills, then this book is a must for your library and woodworking resources!
Now, I have to go back and flip through the pages some more—what other intriguing tidbit will catch my attention?! I can’t wait to find out. Better than chocolate, I tell you!
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Deadline: November 10, 2011
A big thank-you to Gary for the donation of “Woodwork Joints” for a free draw here at LumberJocks.com.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)