Sunday, July 30, 2017

Breezeway Roof Beams Complete.

So finished and took a couple of pictures just as the thunder rolled in. Completed the third support beam today. I'll be happy to put the ladders behind me, ha ha. There are a couple of small jobs yet at the garage and house joints and then I can start with the rafters. here are a couple of pictures.

The entry way is 9'1" X 7'3", from the top of the entry to the peak is 4'. It is another project but this will be lots of room to store my canoe on a couple of pulleys and a small boat winch.

Just checked my e-mail there are hundreds of beautiful Russian women who want to meet me (O BOY) and apparently Tesla invented a generator that can power your house, it doesn't require fuel or maintenance. He forgets to tell you that you have to eat 50 lbs. of beans every day so you can pass gas into the intake every 5 seconds. LOL.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jig And Fixture Design Manual- Henriksen

Muscles are feeling it today, so take it easy today. Here is a great book on jig and fixture design. published in 1973 by Industrial Press Inc., it covers the subject very well. There are many good older books on jig and fixture design, a much fewer number of newer books on the subject, CNC, CAD, and CAM have reduced there importance in production work. But for the advanced machinist and home hobbyist, including woodworking set-ups, there are many good ideas in this manual for producing repeat set-ups, lacking computerized machine control. Lots of good pictures and illustrations without to much math theory. The book is available in PDF on the Internet Archive site, but it is a much much larger file than this djvu file at 12.7 MB.

Download "Jig And Fixture Design Manual" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Second Roof Beam Complete

Up and down a ladder all afternoon to complete the second roof support beam. For better support for this large roof rather than scabbing the support beam on the posts I cut joints in the ends, for the beam to sit in. Doesn't seem to be much interest in books or construction projects so probably no need to say this, but I will say it anyway, when making a long beam like this one, stagger the joints, two joints on one post is a weak spot.

The first picture is the finished joint to accept the beam. No power tools here, cut with a hand saw standing on a step ladder, be safe tie the ladder off.

Stagger your joints.

All finished, two down and one to go.

A future project will be to add a steel channel on each side of the beam. Bolted through the posts and beam it will receive a hoist to do vehicle and equipment maintenance, no more jacks, and it will be easy to unload heavy items off my truck.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Breezeway Support Posts

Took a while but the sun finely came out. I finished the low end support posts and H beam, looks great and very solid, ready to accept rafters. After fiddling for what seemed like a long time to get all the main support posts level and in correct position, I got them concreted in. I got my weight training in for a week, damn those 6 X 6's are heavy. lol.

Distance between main posts is 9' 1" so I can easily park with out pulling in the mirrors, and offset 2 feet to the garage side so I can park my tractor and snow blower along side and still access the entry without moving the truck.. Here are a couple of pictures.

Moose On The Loose

Caught this big guy walking across the bottom of my lawn this morning. Bare with me the pictures were taken from far away with a low end camera. When I took the first picture he must have heard the click because he stopped and looked right at me. I took another picture and asked him to come closer for a proper picture. He heard my voice and took off at a bouncy gait down my trail. lol.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1949

In this installment you will find nice articles on drill press routing, attaching wheels to shafts, riveting aluminum, and lost wax casting. There are a couple of nice plans for a portable bench saw cabinet with tool storage, and plans for a mini power tool system. For the hobby home machinist there is half a dozen very nice plans for machine accessories.

Download the file at this link:

For the hobby model machinist here is a power point file of 27 images of some really sweet eye candy. I can't remember where I got the file but it was probably on the Sherline Tools site since it is obviously a promotional item.


To download this projects picture file click the following link:
Projects.ppt - 3 MB

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Woodworking Joints

Here is a book that anyone who works wood will enjoy, novice or advanced. "Woodwork Joints" covers most joints that anyone could ever hope to use from the glue joint to a selection of puzzle joints and everything in between. Each joint is illustrated and described with intended use. There are also illustrations of nice pieces of furniture where specific joints are used.

If you have ever wondered, what kind of joint should I use here, This book might have the answer.

You can download "Woodworking Joints" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Roofing Over The Breezeway

So on to the next project. I have wanted to roof over the breezeway between the house and garage/workshop for many years. Winter has always been a problem with the drifts blowing in and I would much prefer to park under a roofed open area than the garage, freeing up the garage for a heated dedicated workshop for rougher work, welding, casting, forging etc. The breezeway is half crushed stone and half patio with patio stones occupying a 20' X 23' area. The patio area will be roofed over.

When I purchased the patio stones I was told not to drive on them, that they would crack. I installed them with a 6" crushed stone base, well leveled and compacted. I then put 2" of fine screened sand on top of that, well leveled. It has been in place for 10 years now, I have driven on them with a loaded truck many times including unloading a heavy mill/drill on them and never cracked a stone.

So I have 3 options, 1. I can remove them and pour a 4" concrete pad, 2. I can keep them in place and pour a 2-3" veneer pad on top or 3. I could just go with the patio stones. I don't want to waste the patio stones so I will go with leaving them in place and if I find need for it I can always add a 2-3" veneer later.

So I picked up my materials order today except for the roofing shingles, pick those up when I am ready to install them.

I got started yesterday, removing the railing and privacy screen and framing on the back railing. The posts were installed 4-5' deep and have not moved, so I left them in place and will be built up to height with new posts and scabs. I dug the holes for the 4 main central support posts, they will be 6 X 6's and concreted in. The outside posts will be attached to the house and garage. The roof slope will match the outdoor equipment shed (at the back, on the left in the picture) 7' at the back rising to 11'4" at the front to match the garage peak.

Forecast is rain tomorrow so I will probably concrete the main posts Thursday.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Books - Woodworking - Metalworking

Still with the basics, here are two more great little books for novices starting out with woodworking and metalworking hobbies.

The first one is "Wood-Working For Amateur Craftsman" it was published by Popular Mechanics press and is one of the clearest explanations of the basics of good woodworking practice that I have come across. Proper use of the handsaw, planes, squaring procedures, labeling, and marking out the work are all clearly covered, with lots of good illustrations. You are then led through the building of 6 simple to more complex projects. The emphasis in the building is on the proper procedures of working the wood with basic hand tools, more so, than the projects themselves. No power tools here but I think it is still a good thing to learn how to work wood with hand tools, before advancing to power tools. And of course some of the best craftsman out there avoid power tools like the plague. Very good basic knowledge.

The second book "First Lessons In Metalwork" is not as exciting as some I have seen but it is a nice clean older copy with good basic information. A good part of the book deals with smithing work and covers the working and composition of different metals, cast iron, wrought iron, and steel. there is a chapter on heat treatment and touches on drilling, sawing, filing, and soldering. It,s older but the smithing information is timeless.

Both books can be downloaded on the Books - Free Downloads page.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Inexpensive Basics For the Novice Blacksmith.

To get started with some free downloads for various workshop interests, here is a great little book and a picture and idea compilation for the novice smithing enthusiast who does not have a lot of money to get started with this hobby.

The first one is a book published by Intermediate Technology Publications, "Basic Blacksmithing With Local Materials". This book was intended for the advancement of these trades in developing nations where materials and funds for these activities can be a challenge. The book is clearly written and illustrated with step by step methods for making your own tools and the different operations involved in shaping metal. There is good information on the use of salvaged metals and there properties. The goat skin bellows and hearth forge probably will not be of much interest, but the next compilation has some inexpensive ideas for these. And yes all the work demonstrated is done on a RR anvil.

The next file, "Scrounging Metal And Survival Blacksmithing" is a compilation of  pictures and ideas gathered and assembled from around the web. Some of the pictures are more entertainment than useful. It was many years ago so I can.t remember where I downloaded it from, and the file gives no indication of its source either. In any case it covers some inexpensive forges and sources of materials, the back half has lots of good info on basic metal shaping and forge work.

These two files contain all the basic information a novice would need to get started, inexpensively. both of these files can be downloaded on the free download page at this link. Books - Free downloads

Herons On The Lawn

The two big herons where back on the lawn this morning. I managed to get a few pictures, they are taken through smugged window glass and resized, so the clarity isn't the greatest, but enough to see what a heron is all about. Here are some pictures.

After they left, one left a gift on the lawn, a big 12" long feather. A very special evolution , a strong hollow stem (can anyone say straw) and unique fletching make for an almost weightless material. It's easy to see why older cultures came up with so many uses( quill pens, arrow fletching, decoration etc.) for this unique material.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1948

In the 1948 Popular Mechanics issues you will find a couple of nice articles, one on carbide tool use and one on making strong cabinet joints with dowels. There are plans for a larger cement mixer, a nice pipe fitting drill press, two power belt/disk sanders, lots of accessory plans for around the machine and woodworking shops, and for something different a very solid looking 4 wheel bandsaw.

As mentioned before these files could be much larger, but I try to include only the the clearest most useful or interesting plans for todays shop hobbyist. Now granted it is my opinion in their selection and others may disagree, for those wishing to explore these old magazines further, haven't checked lately, but they were all available on "Google Books".

Here's the link for the 1948 highlights.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Porch Siding Installed

So I got the siding installed this afternoon. Turned out very well, the line-up to the house siding was bang on. I couldn't match the color of the J mold since the siding was all custom order back when I built the house, but I am happy with the slight contrast of this J mold.

The project is complete except for a coat of stain. Turned out very solid, a little overbuilt but I like overbuilt, all 4 X 4's would have been sufficient but the 6 X 6's for the main supports give the design a beefy look and long life. The eave extensions are a little larger than is normal for a structure this size but they keep the inside dryer, save for wind driven rain, and keep the foundation dryer. Here's some pictures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project, even the sore muscles from the roofing,  had given it 3 weeks so I got a week to spare. I will post an up-date when I get the stain applied to the exposed wood.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ready For Siding And Stain

Got a late start today siding will have to wait till tomorrow. So I completed the sheathing inside and out with 3/8" exterior grade plywood. I installed a 2 X 6" treated railing all around. I have lots of double 4 vinyl siding  that I pulled off the garage/workshop when I added the firewood and materials storage shed, so I will be using that for the exterior siding below the railing. Above the railing and the interior I have a gallon of Rez redwood solid stain that should be a nice accent. If I decide to add screen panels and/or winter wind break panels later, then I will also add a screen/storm door for now it will remain open. Here are todays pictures.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rail Framing Complete

Well I wanted to complete the framing and sheathing today but the dark clouds rolled in and its drizzling out there now. I did get the framing complete and if the rain doesn't last maybe a little sheathing work later. When the finished railing goes on it will be 42" high which is just right for my height. Now that I have a good idea of the enclosed size (outside dimensions are 8' X 12') I find it a comfortable size lots of room for a barbecue and 2 or 3 nice rustic benches, my resin will be banned to the 8' X 12' patio where the weather wont effect it to much. Here's the framing pictures.

Framing Tip

Break time, thought I'd upload this tip before I forget. When making up stud walls the ends of the top and bottom plates often tend to split specially if your using spiral coated nails. A little tip I have been using for a long time is to drive the nails in at opposing angles so they cut across the grain. You will get less splitting and better holding power. I have disassembled frames in the past and cursed the holding power of the angled nails whereas nails driven straight in usually come apart with a couple swipes of the hammer.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fascia And Porch Ceiling Installed

Nice day for working outside sunny not to hot. I applied the fascia this morning and tied it in to the house fascia. Two different manufacturers so the ribbing doesn't exactly line up but looks ok.

I applied the porch ceiling in the afternoon. Used 3/8" exterior grade plywood, not the greatest finish but still better than OSB which doesn't hold up to well when exposed to the weather. A couple of coats of stain will improve the look greatly. Here are some pictures.

So I will start with the railing wall tomorrow, hopefully finish ready for stain Sunday.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Soffit Installed

Still nursing some sore muscles from yesterday, didn't work to hard today. Installed the soffit on the eaves and closed up the end roof slopes. I am not insulating the porch or closing it up, so no need for vented soffit, I went with 3/8" exterior grade plywood well supported on all edges. It will get painted or if it looks ok, a coat of redwood stain which I have lots of, later. The fascia boards will be brown aluminum to match and tie in to the house. Here are a few pictures.

So I will install the fascia tomorrow and sheath the interior roof. If all goes well I will build the closed in railing over the weekend. I considered an open railing with spindles but then I thought that I may want to install screen panels in the summer or plexiglass panels in winter to cut the wind, so closed below the railing will provide more future options.

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1947

Woke up this morning a couple of big brown Herons on my lawn. I have had Canada Geese overnight on there fly south, but never seen Herons before (thought they were Storks at first). They kept there distance from the house and I couldn't get a decent picture, I really have to do something about that.

Just one file today, lots of good stuff in the 1947 issues and it is a larger file. There is a great article on ball bearings, a number of plans for small sheet metal brakes, a great two part article on power tool short cuts, a nice power filing machine, and a super plan for a 10" tilting arbor saw, which I am sure provided inspiration for many of the shop built saws being built today.

The criticism to these old plans is often that "they are old", but if you look around the web you will find that many of the plans out there are similar or updated versions of these plans, weather deliberate or totally coincidental the ideas all started in these old magazines.

Popular Mechanics stopped running the "Shop Notes" title in 1960 but continued to run similar articles, under different titles. I will continue to highlight these articles till 1975-76. I have files into the 2000's but after the 70's the concentration shifted more to colonial furniture projects and these are all available in there popular year books and DIY encyclopedias which can be found in any used book market.

Here is the link for 1947.

I am a little sore today, roofing exercises different muscles than you normally use. If I get any work done this afternoon I'll post some pictures this evening.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Porch Roofing Complete

Well the weather was a roofers dream today, the sun didn't pop out even once but didn't get a drop of rain either, and there was a cool breeze blowing. Completed the roofing shingles. The shingles are Dakota 25 year with double adhesion strips. I managed a 5" overlap at the house joint, my house shingles are starting to curl on the windy edges and will need to be done in another 2 or 3 years, I'll give it a better overlap then. The eaves got a drip edge and roofing felt underlay. So the job went smoothly, the only casualty was a blister on one knee, some pads would have helped lol. Here are a couple of pictures.

It can rain now, most of the work left is under the roof.

Home Training In Cabinet Work # 28, 29 And 30

In this set of articles a number of interesting plans for around the house. This completes the articles in this series. Stickley published a number of other article series in the Craftsman magazine, including some on sheet metal tinwork for around the house. I may upload more in the future if there is interest for them.

In # 28 there is plans for a stool, arm chair and table in a solid unique design. Here's the link.

In # 29 find plans for a wall cabinet, folding card table and a blast from the long past a phonograph and record stand. Here's the link.

And in the last of the series are plans for a nice table/desk, a screen and a bookcase/cupboard. Here's the link.

If anyone is interested in Stickley designs and "The Craftsman" magazine and would like to see more plan type articles, message me and I will try to put together a few more files to upload in the future.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Roof Framed and Decked

So went at it hard this morning and completed the roof framing. Went smoothly, my miter saw made quick work of the rafter angles. Installed the roof decking this afternoon, No skimping here, I went with 5/8" T&G exterior grade plywood. All was surprisingly square, Cut one sheet in half for the offset and the rest all fit tightly into place without any adjustments. Here are some pictures.

Got to run into town for some trim tomorrow, so I'll do the shingles Wednesday.