Since the appearance of the original volume of “Workshop
Receipts,” the Publishers have been continually receiving
inquiries for books or articles on a variety of subjects not
possessing in themselves sufficient importance to warrant their
being described in special treatises, yet interesting to a great
number of readers, and collectively worthy of publication in
The result of these inquiries was a determination to issue a
series of volumes bearing the same title “Workshop Receipts”
devoting each series to a special class of subjects.
Thus the Second Series dealt with operations and industries
having a more or less Chemical basis; while the Third Series
embraced Metallurgical and Electrical matters. Both attracted
much attention, and have been in every way successful.
There still remained a number of subjects of equal utility and
of every-day application, connected with Handicrafts and
Mechanical trades, coming within the scope of all intelligent
persons, and certainly not less interesting than the contents of
These have been gathered into the Present
(Fourth) Series. While each Series possesses its own special
value, the utility of the four volumes has been completed by
furnishing the fourth with a General Index to the whole set.
From the great range of subjects dealt with and the facility
thus afforded for reference, the four series of “Workshop
Receipts” may be said to constitute in themselves a well-stored
library of technical information such as no other publication
The descriptions and instructions are given in plain
language, aided by diagrams where necessary; technicalities are
explained, and every care has been taken to check the
quantities, and to make the index a real guide to the contents.
C. G. Warnford Lock