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The lumber pocket books of a century ago were known as “ready reckoners,” for quick calculation of board and log measure.

This one has far more in it, dealing with how to split rails and pull stumps, how to harden wood for pulleys, weights of cord wood by species, rules for calculating saw speeds, rope strengths, weight of seasoned versus dry lumber, when to cut trees, substitutes for black walnut, and dozens of other nuggets. All of it makes for good reading.

Smyth-sewn softcover, 3 1/2" × 5 1/2", 180 pages. First published in 1905. Reprinted in 2006 as part of our Classic Reprint Series.

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