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- Thou shalt make an efficient set-out of all work. For a good drawing is like unto a beacon set on a hill.
- Thou shalt arrange that the best-looking timber shall stand in the best place, and the worst shall be hidden away.
- Choose or prepare a face-side and edge, at all times preparing the side before the edge, and marking both in a manner that cannot be misunderstood.
- Mark for each group of pieces a pattern, and, clamping it alongside its fellow, quickly transfer thy marks with ease and confidence.
- Group thy operations, for repetition is the mother of accuracy and speed.
- At all times sever wood fibres across the grain before attempting to split out the waste from a mortise or a housing;
- Bore all screw holes slack in the shank and tight in the thread, for thou shalt ensure a close fit and avoid evil temper.
- Leave on all thy lines until the end of a job, for the destruction of evidence is that may be of a criminal.
- Fit intricate joints separately before assembly, and clean up such faces as ‘will later ‘ be inaccessible.
- Prepare a truly level surface and make a trial clamping of thy work before applying the glue.
- Glue the joints and clamp hard so the glue can chill. See that thy job is square, and thou shalt clean it up with care, remembering that a “flat” surface is the mark of a clever workman.
- Thou shalt not sandpaper away any quirk or edge from a mould.