Introduction

Certain farm jobs, such as repairing broken equipment, adjusting machinery, putting handles in tools or grinding and sharpening them, can be immediately and most economically done by the farmer who has a properly equipped farm shop. Time is usually too precious to take a trip to town. It is advisable, therefore, that each farm have a fully equipped shop to efficiently handle jobs of this kind when the occasion for them arises.

Some of this work, of course, can be done on days when the weather prevents work in the fields. It is on such days too, when homemade labor-saving devices may be constructed which help to better carry on farm work.

To get the best results out of the shop requires, of course, that it be properly equipped. Given the equipment, the farmer must learn how to do the various jobs that demand his attention. The object of this and subsequent chapters is to assist both the agricultural student and the farmer in knowing how to equip his shop, and how to do such jobs as grinding and sharpening cutting tools, fitting tool handles, and forging simple steel tools.

The author wishes to make acknowledgment to Henry Disston and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., for the use of Figures 72, 73, 75, and 76.

COPYRIGHT, 1930 THE BRUCE PUBLISHING COMPANY PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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