I recently became interested in weaving which uses a lot of relatively expensive yet simple wooden tools. I was able to make some of the tools myself and became interested in making more complex wooden tools for weaving (and spend my money on buying yarn!) Since I have not had any experience in woodworking this sounded like a useful book to check out. And I was not disappointed!
Written in 1910 but much of it content that relates to tools and techniques is still relevant today. The publication begins with the discussion of logging, starting with preparing for the logging,felling of the trees, floating the wood to its destination, saw milling, seasoning the wood, and storing lumber. The first 3 chapters cover these topics in great detail. Even though I did not find them relevant to my interest, I found the details both impressive and interesting.
In chapter 4 the author starts the discussion of hand tools. Each tool and the technique of using it described. The book contains no images, but the descriptions are so detailed that it is possible to follow without the images.
In Chapter 5, the author proceeds to wood fasterning, covering everything from nails and screws to hindges and locks.
If found a chapter of joints quite interesting. Being new to woodworking I did not realize there were so many.
Chapter 10 covers wood finishing. The author discusses types of stains, advantages of each, a bit of history where they came from, and of course, the techniques.
The author is clearly a master craftsman with an ability to explain what he knows. I am very impressed with this book both in the amount of information and the clarity of explanations. Much of it content is still relevant today. It certainly helped me to determine which tools I need to buy and some of the techniques for using them.