A Compendium of Useful Information for the Practical Man/Carpentry and Woodworking/Sloyd System of Woodworking Training



The woods, white birch, cherry, red oak, and white wood, will be abbreviated, W. B., C., R. O., W. W.

The dimensions will be given in the inch and the metric system. In Sweden the latter is used. On all the drawings, the dimensions are stated in inches. The full dimensions do not always appear on the drawings, but they are given in the statements under each drawing.

As the ordinary rule has no smaller dimension than one sixteenth of an inch, each number of millimeters is expressed in the nearest equivalent in inches and sixteenths of inches. The abbreviation cm. represents centimeter.

All models, when finished, are to be smoothed with sand-paper, but only on those parts where the use of it is absolutely necessary.

Coarse sand-paper, No. 0 or 00, should first be used; then fine, No. 1.

The tools are always named in the order in which they are used for the making of the models.

The Sloyd system of wood working By Benjamin B. Hoffman, Otto Aron Salomon

Sloyd Knife



A sloyd knife should be made of the finest grade of tool steel, highly tempered, having an extra strong blade with a thick back, and having a handle that fits the hand with an easy grip. A No. 7 sloyd knife with a 2 1/2-inch blade is an excellent knife for bench work, and for knife work.

Educational woodworking for home and school By Joseph Charles Park

Kindergarten Pointer


1. Long cut (i.e. split) a straight-grained piece of wood in its entire length (the entire work to be done with the Sloyd knife), so that two of its surfaces will be at right angles to each other.


2. Cut the required thickness, having first measured same with an inch rule or meter measure.

3. Taper the four sides, having drawn a small square on one of the ends. The object will now have the appearance of a regular four-sided truncated pyramid. Cut the corners, making a regular octagonal truncated pyramid. Cut the corners again, making a regular cone.

4. Measure the required length and cut off at the broad end.

Exercises.—Long cut and cross cut.

The Sloyd system of wood working By Benjamin B. Hoffman, Otto Aron Salomon