INTRODUCTION

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Most of the pieces of furniture described and illustrated in this book are small in size and therefore economical as to the material needed. They have all been made in the author's classes of second- and third-year high-school boys.

While not intended for beginners or very young students, these projects are not too difficult for boys who have learned "to square to dimensions" and to make a respectable mortise-and-tenon joint. A few simple exercises in wood turning may be given as a parallel course.

The majority of the designs are adaptations of classical prototypes, which are widely known and appreciated and therefore welcome, or at least acceptable, in most American homes.

In order to produce a finished article that will compare favorably with factory-built furniture, several refinements in design and construction, as simple veneering and carving, have been introduced. These processes are not difficult, but rather unfamiliar or untried by the nonprofessional woodworker. They have therefore been described in some detail in separate chapters. To spend a little time on the study and practice of veneering and carving is well worth while, because such refinements not only add enormously to the appearance of a piece of furniture, but also and this is more important give students an entirely new interest in woodworking, an eagerness to achieve, and a wholesome pride in their accomplishments.

Although this book was developed in schoolwork it is hoped that it will not be limited to this field, but that it may also prove interesting and stimulating to the many who practice woodwork as a hobby.

Grateful acknowledgment is hereby given to The Veneer Association for use of Figures 2, 3, 4, 4A, and 37, to the Mahogany Association, Inc., for Figures 35 and 36 and to Albert Constantine & Son, Inc., for the use of Figures 55 and 56.

I wish in particular to acknowledge my indebtedness to Air. W. F. Leicester, vice-president of the Casein Company of America, who encouraged me to ex- periment with casein glue both for veneering and furniture making in general.

HERMAN HJORTH
Yonkers, New York
March 23, 1939