Making Useful Things of Wood Author:Franklin H. Gottshall A book containing simple projects of good design and true workmanship appeal is the craftsman's dream. In this how-to-do book, Franklin H. Gottshall offers thirty-three new and unique projects which utilize a wide variety of materials, processes, and techniques suited to various degrees of skill. — These projects involve work in cabinet-making, t... more »urning, carving, designing, finishing, inlaying, etc. The exceptionally fine designs, including modern and American period approaches, aim for simplicity in construction and economy of time. They are also keyed to appropriateness in present-day homes.
Those who are acquainted with the author's previous books will find the same simple and logical approach to construction in this work. His method is to describe each project in a short paragraph. This is followed by a bill of material which tells the number of pieces required, as well as the use and dimension of each. He concludes with a step-by-step plan of procedure.
Besides these detailed instructions on procedure, each project is accompanied by a photograph or pen-and-ink sketch of the completed article.
There are also many sketches of unusual construction details and difficult operations placed within the instructions. These provide the worker more of an incentive to read the instructions.
Much of the beauty of a project made of wood will depend upon the quality of its finish. In assisting the craftsman to turn out a first-rate project, the author dedicates a final section of the book to wood finishing. Considered here are: sanding, varnishing, various types of staining, painting and the care of brushes.« less