Friday, October 19, 2018

1001 How-To Ideas - Part 3

So here is the second part of that Metalworking section I started yesterday. I will do one more post of odds and ends from this book and call it a rap. It may already exist at the, money's no problem, high end, but what I need is a scanner that I can feed the book to, no matter how old and tattered, press "pdf print copy", and it automatically scans the whole book, cleans it up, crops and centers, and spits out a print ready copy as clean as the original when it came off the press line, lol.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

1001 How-To Ideas - Part 2

So as mentioned I will upload lots of tips and tricks  from the "Science And Mechanics Handbook Annual No. 5, 1957". Today I will upload the first part of a 13 page Metalworking section, lots of tips and ideas here, some more useful than others, but all are interesting reading for the workshop addict.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1001 How-To Ideas

So the weather has become an easy excuse for sitting in front of my computer, instead of being outside doing some work. Todays no different, cold and still snowing out there.

I mentioned yesterday that "Science And Mechanics" magazine published many books focusing on the many projects, tips, and tricks regularly published in their magazines. I have found two over the years and one, "1001 How-To Ideas" stands out. I would have liked to have scanned the whole book and uploaded it as a pdf, but the 200 pages would have required lots of time consuming cleanup, and even more time to upload the big file on my slow connection. So instead I will upload the more useful sections as individual pages, over the course of a number of posts.

Here are the covers of the two books I have. A unique feature of some of the "Science And Mechanics" cover artists was their sense of humour. Notice the child in the second cover below, lol. In another magazine cover you see a hobbyist sitting at his workbench, engrossed in a project, meanwhile the lady of the house is standing in the doorway, all done up for a night out on the town, the look on her face, a little sour, that someone had forgotten, ha,ha.

Below: An artist tagger in the making ha,ha,ha.

So I will try to get most of Section II (contents below) posted over the next little while.

If you find your original idea here then it's not original, as they say "there is little new under the sun". If your not aware of a previous version, it can be overlooked. If your aware but claim it as your own creation anyway, then the kudos must feel a little tainted. I mention this because I have seen it done with many ideas. The one that stands out here is the engine valve, bench anvil.

Hope most found something useful here. Stay tuned more to come.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

50-MPH Thrills On A Hydro-Kart

A long time popular magazine, that unfortunately did not survive, "Science And Mechanics" magazine, first started out in 1929 as " Everyday Mechanics". Over the years it changed it's name a couple of times and changed ownership even more times. In 1984 it published its last issue. Thats unfortunate, it had a close resemblance to the PM and PS mags., covering the developments in science and technology of the day, but there was an even greater concentration on workshop projects and improvements, home renovation, and many different hobbies and crafts. I have only 5 magazines, they are rare in the used market, you can find them on amazon, e-bay, and abe books, but the price when you include shipping, makes the few you can get expensive. Like PM and PS they published many books, aggregating many projects, tips, and jigs from the magazines. I have found two of those, and one in particular, is full of good tips and workshop ideas, that I will post from, in the next few posts.

So for those 50-mph thrills. This Hydro-Kart project was very popular in the early 60"s. I say that because both Popular Science and Popular Mechanics published similar plans around that time. I think something like this could still be a pretty neat project. Certainly your parts sourcing will be different, but if anything, you will have a greater selection in todays market. Smaller engines and more HP for instance, could eliminate the second engine. If I remember correctly the PM plan used a small outboard, a similar size today, probably puts out twice the HP.

So from the 1962 "Science And Mechanics" magazine is a plan for a 50-mph mini-speed boat.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Woodcraft # 1-Antique Tool Collecting

One of the more recent magazine publications to start up was "Woodcraft" in 2005. As has become a trend, "Woodcraft" is an extension of "Woodcraft Supply Corp.", much like "Today's Woodworker" was an off shoot of Rockler's "The Woodworkers Store", back in 1989. Both are popular suppliers to the renewed interest in woodworking and other workshop interests, among millions of Americans. Canada, and probably the rest of the developed world, has seen a similar surge in interest.

Woodcraft went into publication on three core components Projects, People and Products. To this end the first section is usually a collection of nice medium to advanced projects, followed by a focus on a few craftsman doing beautiful and diverse work around the country and finished off with reviews and articles on the latest tools and products available on the market.

In the following short article Dana M. Batory, an antique tool collector, discusses three popular antique tools that when restored to their former glory, would be the envy of any small home shop hobbyist.

So I will post a couple more magazine firsts over the next week. "So thats all fine and dandy but how do I get access to all these project resources", you may ask. The used book stores, I have found, all have milk crates full of good used magazines, if you are persistent it is not hard to come close to completing whole collections of magazine titles, even more collected titles, like Fine Woodworking. If you like downloads the Internet Archive has a huge collection of woodworking magazines in their "The Magazine Rack" collection.

So I can kiss good by to any hope of an Indian Summer. This is what we got this afternoon and it will continue into tomorrow afternoon. Not much relief in the forecast either, so looks like an early winter. MAN give me a break, LOL.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Scroll Saw On Steroids

It's called a Walking-Beam saw, and if you don't like the cost of a large throat band saw or would rather avoid the more involved task of building one, this is a easier alternative. You can cross cut a infinitely long panel 32" wide on this saw, or rip a panel twice that width down the middle. Try to do that on your band saw. You can even do inside cuts, work your band saw can't do unless you have a blade welder.

It's called the poor mans band saw, probably because it's cheaper and so much easier to build. For blades you can use a band saw blade of a size according to your needs, cut it up into 20" lengths and punch pin holes in the ends, you may have to heat the ends to avoid cracks in the punching process, inexpensive and easy.

It has been said that all the machines a wood turner (spindle or bowl) needs in addition to the lathe is a band saw and drill press. This walking-beam is a perfect and easier alternative to the band saw. It will rough out huge chunks of wood for the bowl turner and do the diagonal center cuts for centering spindle work.

It's not high on my list but I would love to build one of these for my ventilated shop space. It would handle rough construction type work, and do the work of a slew of saws like the band saw, table saw, miter saw, radial arm, and yes, even work that is to large for the regular scroll saw.

The build and plan are by Mark White, back in 1980 he was a teacher of house construction and boat-building at Alaska Community College. This article was published in Fine Woodworking # 24 - 1980.

Does the frame design look familiar to you? Yes, it does to me too. Back in 1943 Popular Mechanics published a plan for a foot powered scroll saw in their Shop Notes, that had a similar frame design. If you would like to check this out, here is the link to that post. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Peek At The Fall Colors

So the fall colors are starting to peak, unfortunately the lack of sun for two weeks now, dulls the enjoyment of the bright colors. It looked like the sun was going to breakout today, I rushed out with the camera and managed to get a couple of pictures, before it retreated back behind those dark clouds. Hopefully I will get another chance later in the week.

Frame And Panel Doors

So continuing with woodworking magazine firsts, here is an excellent article from the premier issue of "Woodwork" first published in 1989. The article "Making Frame & Panel Doors" by Peter Good, is an excellent tutorial on making a popular style of door that finds use in house elements as well as furniture pieces.

 From "Woodwork" # 1 - 1989

3 Phase - Is It Worth Converting

This is a subject that often comes up in discussions and is seldom agreed on, as to efficiencies or DIY methods. The article I post here today, (from Fine Woodworking # 24) is not much different. It starts off with one mans simple set up, that seems to work well for him. However the size of his idler and the single phase starter, don't match up with claims of greater efficiency. However if your machines are 3 phase and you can't afford to convert to single phase or, as is often the case with larger machine shop equipment, the motor is built into the equipment and would require major modification to incorporate a new single phase motor, then this may be the way to go.

That may be the way to go, but I tend to agree with Mike Graetz's comment, in the following issue's comment section. If you must go with 3 phase, the method outlined in the "Editor's Note" below is a better way to go. It eliminates the single phase starter motor in favour of starter capacitors and reduces the size of the idler to more closely match the rest of your 3 phase motors. This increases the efficiency of the conversion, but you still won't be using less power than running a single phase motor. How ever there are still many benefits to three phase. Used three phase machines are often cheaper to purchase, and three phase motors are of simpler construction and easier to reverse, just switch any two leads.

I have lots of articles and plans on 3 phase conversion, but I have ruled it out long time ago. Most woodworking machines are easy to convert to single phase. My General band saw and Delta/Rockwell lathe were three phase so adding single phase motors was just part of the rebuild. I have passed on some three phase machine shop machines, but I think the weight of all that iron had something to do with it too.

"Boom" Workshop Grenade

In the same issue was an article reviewing jointer-planers by James A. Rome. In the article he relates the following mishap that he had in his shop. Fortunately he didn't get hurt, just scared, and I doubt he was easily distracted when working in the shop after this incident. The cutter head guard deflected the pieces of shrapnel, but the comparison to a grenade going off, is not far.