Published by McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Extract from Introduction of book:
Book 1 of Practical Australian Carpentry concentrates on the work of the carpenter engaged in single-storey domestic construction, an area that appears set to comprise a large part of the carpenter's work well into the future. The carpenter will be working not only with wood, but also with new materials and methods made available to the building industry by advances in technology. He or she may also take on the role of a builder and coordinate all work on a site, and so must have a working knowledge of other appropriate trades.
This book (Book 2) deals largely with joinery work and the activities more usually confined to the workshop. Joinery may be defined as the wooden fittings to a building where a pleasing appearance is important. The timber used will largely be seasoned. Joints should be well made, fixings should be concealed wherever possible, and the finish of the work should receive special consideration. Features of good joinery are clean flat surfaces, straight sharp arrises, well-designed and well-fitted joints, accurate dimensions, and proper selection and use of materials.
The manufacture of traditional joints, and the step-by-step production of standard items such as windows, doors, fitments and stairs, are covered in the book. Additionally, the reader is taken into more complex aspects of structural carpentry, with details of the construction of oblique and unequally pitched roofs, two-storey buildings and cavity masonry building. An introductory chapter on pole frame building has been included, as this type of construction is gradually becoming popular in this country.
In today's changing world the traditional roles of the carpenter and the joiner are becoming blurred. Similarly, the distinction between joiner and cabinet-maker is not easily made.
Tradespeople tend to specialise in a narrow area of their work, and therefore become very competent in that area. However, no matter what class of work is undertaken, most carpenters would agree that there is much to be learned from the examples of workman- ship achieved by the traditional carpenter or joiner, and therefore much job satisfaction to be gained.
The reader will soon find that extensive reference is made to Book 1. There are many tools, procedures and details already covered in this earlier volume, and repetition of these sections would have meant the exclusion of much of the new material in Book 2. Books 1 and 2 should be considered companion volumes.
About the Authors: The senior author is Jack Barrington, well respected former Senior Tutor and Head of Carpentry and Joinery at North Sydney Technical College, who has contributed his vast amount of accumulated knowledge, gained by teaching students in the trade over many years. His coauthors are Dieter Mylius, Manager of Information Services at the Sydney Building Information Centre and newspaper columnist on building matters; and Stuart Arden, architect, owner-builder, graphic designer and until recently, Tutor of the School of Building at Liverpool and Randwick TAFE Colleges. Stuart now teaches Interior Design at Sydney College of the Arts.
Illustrations: Black & White
Units of Measurement: Metric
Chapter 1 - The workshop
2 - Power tools in the workshop
3 - Sheet products and workshop materials
4 - Joints in joinery work
5 - Windows and doors
6 - Stair construction
7 - Arches and centres
8 - Curved work and mouldings
9 - Interior fitments
10 - Advanced roofing
11 - Roof trusses
12 - Two-storey construction
13 - Cavity brick construction
14 - Pole frame construction
15 - Surface coatings