Sunday, May 20, 2018

Early PM Shop Notes Projects

So here is the third file I made up from those early (1905 - 1930) PM Shop Notes volumes. This file is not as large (41 pages) as the other two. Pickings were slim after pulling all the Romig plans for the other file. Never the less, some of these are more interesting than practical today, but thats an opinion,some may find many of them worth challenging, like the tool box below.

To complete this little collection, click Early PM Shop Notes Projects  to download. 11 MB - pdf



So as mentioned before their is enough content on this site now, that someone looking for projects to build, should have no trouble finding something of interest here.

There is a lot of work I need to do around the place and get my hands dirty on, and I want to fit in a few good road trips this summer, so I will be posting a lot less.

First on the list is dismantling my old Cavalier. It runs fine but the suspension and body have seen better days. I could repair and resell, but used Cavaliers, 15 years old, aren't worth much. I offered it to family for "FREE" but nobody bit. Ha ha. I guess I can use some parts for my sawmill build. The motor still runs great, not sure what I will use that for yet. Hows a 142 HP lawnmower sound? lol, lol not really.


Cheers

Finger Joint Machine And Router Table

So here are a couple of nice plans from the 1987 Popular Science Supplement. The first is a finger joint cutting machine. There are many nice plans out there for finger joint cutting jigs. Most use the table saw to do the work with various blades, blade stacks, or dado stacks. Some are more complicated than they have to be and do not have much adjustment to compensate for things like, blades that run less than true.

If you have a bit of floor space and like to use finger joints for lots of joinery, this dedicated little machine might be for you. A 1/2 hp or larger motor, a ball bearing spindle available at most hardware stores, and a good quality 6" dado stack are the main parts needed. The rest can all be easily shop built. There is lots of adjustment, so once you have set up a snug fit, you can quickly start to produce stacks of finger jointed boards. As the author alludes to their are other applications this can be used for.

My feeling is that safety was a consideration in the design, the blade lives below the table, it is raised into the work with a simple foot pedal feed, and returns below the table, when the pedal is released. Additional guarding on the underside would insure nothing wanders near the blade from the underside.



The second project is a uncomplicated router table by R.J De Cristoforo. The table has nice built in storage and guards for the different functions, the top is solid looking. What more do you need? Some plans offer more in eye appeal but function no better for their intended purpose. A characteristic of R J's designs, I find, often omit unnecessary additions that don't contribute to tool function.




Saturday, May 19, 2018

Plans By J. V. Romig

During the early 1920's Joe V. Romig was one of the most prolific authors of plans and articles for the home diy'er, His plans and articles were published in both Popular Mechanics and Popular Science.

This 69 page file covers the majority of his work. I left some of it out, like a 8" jointer, the 2 knife square head is considered unsafe today, and a table saw, with limited adjustment (Joe was not a woodworker). I also left out some industrial sized cranes and farm equipment that were to far off topic here.

A few of his plans incorporate concrete for mass, a method developed during the first world war to get around material shortages. Since then their has been a bit of a revival with a few sites using this method to build mass in machine tools and avoid cast iron.

So I hope some will enjoy this collection of plans. Many of them are still very practical for the small hobby shop.

To download this file click Plans By J. V. Romig 15 MB - pdf





Short Plans From Pre 1930 Shop Notes

So as promised here is a 71 page collection of short plans and ideas from the pre 1930 PM Shop Notes. The 26 previous Shop Notes volumes (1905 - 1930) are widely distributed around the web and at least one company, Algrove Publishing, has reprinted them.  For this reason I did only the post 1930 uploads in my previous posts. For those who have not accessed these volumes but have some interest in what might be in them, here is a collection of short (less than 1 page) but more outstanding plans and ideas in these volumes. There are 2 more files coming with larger projects including one devoted to J. V. Romig and his plans.

To download click Short Plans From Pre 1930 Shop Notes 13 MB - pdf





Friday, May 18, 2018

Rescanned Belt Sander And Internal Wood Threading

So here is a better scan of a light belt sander I posted before. I can't find the belt length stated anywhere but a rough calculation puts it at a 48" belt. If you can find a larger double shaft motor you can double up on the belts similar to my 32" belt unit in another post.



Here is an interesting little jig for threading the nuts of wood vise screws. Size doesn't matter, if you have the screw this jig will cut the nuts for it ( no innuendo here, what can I say, thats the terminology). Ha ha.


So it's been a long haul, lots of workshop plans and info.posted on this site now. Enough that a person looking for a project can do a search and probably find something close. I have invested a lot of time with these posts and for a break I am going to back off for the next 3 summer months. If I get any interesting travel or wildlife pics, I will make the effort to get them up. If you like some of the older PM Shop Notes, check back this weekend, I just completed  3 files that might garner some interest. I'll get them up tomorrow and Sunday.

Cheers

A Superior Sawhorse

Everybody needs a couple of good sawhorses, if you do any kind of outdoor work. Here is a very useful design from Mother Earth News's "The Home Hardware Handbook". It is a very useful design for cutting dimension lumber with the portable circular saw. On a conventional sawhorse this is usually a dodgy operation with respect to safety and the accuracy of your cuts. This design addresses both of those concerns.



Of course no one ever builds just one sawhorse, you need two, one to support the long end of the board you are cutting, right. When thinking of this it crossed my mind that nowadays when I build something outside or for framing, I use 2 X 6's as much as I use 2 X 4's especially for exterior framing and anything requiring superior strength. To this end, the second sawhorse should be made 2" wider than the above design so both sizes can be cut with the same degree of safety and accuracy and still have the long outboard end supported.

The design below has had the width measurements adjusted to accept 2 X 6's for safe crosscutting. I was too lazy to make a new drawing, ha ha.




Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sawmill Dreams

So I spent the afternoon cleaning up my trails, getting a start on my wood pile. As mentioned before, they weren't to bad, considering how bad that winter ice storm was, so pickings were slim.


A bad wind storm brought this one down, just off one of the trails. I have dreams of building a small band sawmill. This is a good candidate for some nice clear spruce boards, relatively straight and 16" diameter. I will have to cut it up into 8' lengths and bring it in, before the bugs get at it.


Right behind it, making it easier to eventually bring it out, is this fine example of a big birch. 22" diameter at the base, lots of fine birch boards in this one. Makes me want to start on that saw mill, ha ha.



An Inexpensive Panel Saw

So power is back on. I would like to think they replaced or repaired the piece of equipment that has caused some resent surprise outages, but more likely they were just reconnecting the cottagers for the season. The grid has been neglected for so long it's like an old car, when things start to break down, it's one thing after another.

So here is a plan for an inexpensive panel saw. Short of industrial equipment, its hard to find something easier to break down large panel material, than with a panel saw. Purchased units are quite expensive and many diy plans are built for heavy use. I have at least one for a future upload. This plan is inexpensive and relatively easy to build. For the home DIY'er who occasionally has need to break down sheet materials, this will simplify the process and save you lots of time.

This is another project from R.J. De Cristoforo published in the 1985 Popular Science DIY Yearbook.


R. J. is no spring chicken at this stage of life, but he makes it look easy to use the panel saw to break down full size panels.




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

An Indicator, A Vise And A few Quickies

So back to the metalworking shop here is a plan for a nice clamp-on model maker's vise, a cleaned up and clearer scan of a test indicator for the lathe and around the shop. There is another method for cutting keyways in the lathe and a quick little jig for drilling round work.




Keyways are a characteristic common to most shaft, motor, and pulley assemblies in shop built machines of wood or metal construction. Just set screws can come loose and score shafts, keyways and set screws are a better way to go. Above is another idea for cutting keyways in the lathe. If you have a compound slide or have built one from the couple of plans I have posted, you can cut keyways using the above idea in the wood lathe as well. Don't try to hog it off in one pass, feed slowly taking a number of passes to reach the depth required.

If you use this method use a high power low speed drill, like the one below. I purchased this one shortly after "Mastercraft" came out with it. I liked it so much I bought a second one. Lots of power, it draws 7 amps, and the reversible variable speed runs 0-650 rpm. I work them as hard as my Makitas and so far they are holding up well.



Log Hauler

So does Hydro run software that monitors the web for when their name is referenced, or was it just a coincidence. An hour and a half after my post yesterday I get a automated call informing me the power would be out for a couple of hours on Thursday, for grid maintenance in my area. As the saying goes " you may be paranoid but that doesn't mean their not trying to get you" I forget what movie that is quoted from, ha ha, lol.

So here's a nice quick plan for a big log hauler. A great toy for the aspiring young big rig driver. Don't forget to glue those logs together, not safe to have those big logs rolling around loose.

Original plan from John Capotosto in 1983 this copy from Popular Science DIY Yearbook 1985.