Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1955

Not to many plans in the 1955 issues but some nice articles. There's a nice article on turning wood balls (for your croquet set for example) on your wood lathe. A good introduction to wrought iron work (mild steel nowadays), another on reamers, counterbores and countersinks, one on grinding tool bits for your metal lathe and a very informative article on table saw alignment. If you make up your own bandsaw blades there is an article on silver soldering  your own blades including jigs.

For plans there is a plan for making your own T-bolts and clamps, a nice saw filer for extending the life of your non carbide saw blades and a unique hand shaper for generating accurate  metal surfaces, you have probably seen this plan before as it has been profusely circulated around the web.

I am due for some R & R and a few road trips, so I will not be uploading next weeks PM highlights, but it will be back the following week.

In the meantime here are a couple of pictures of a recent road trip to Thunder Bay. The sleeping giant is a land formation on the sibley peninsula across the harbor from the city of Thunder Bay. It's a hazy view but you can see the outline of the giant in the distance.

From the harbor

And from a higher point at a city park.

Quite a few years ago my son and I did a camping trip to the sleeping giant provincial park on the sibley peninsula. I have found it one of the better camping experiences in Ontario. Miles of challenging hiking trails, wildlife, breathtaking views and nice sand beaches.

On this trip my son and I decided to climb the trail to the top of the giant. We could have driven to the base of the trail but decided to hike the trail that climbs up and down the full length of the giant before making the climb to the high point. It was a full days hike and we were sore for two days afterwards, but felt very satisfying.

Starting the climb

Climbing the chimney

Almost there, starting to look tired 

At the top, over to 2000 ft. to the surface of the water, to hazy to get a view of the city across the bay. This picture is looking towards the foot of the giant at the tip of the peninsula and the entrance to the bay and harbor.

Hope you liked this little trip.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Before And After

So I went with Rez redwood stain on the porch, I wanted to add some color between the dark browns of the trim and the light siding and this certainly does it. Busy day got the second coat on the soffit and couple coats on the porch.

Got in a fight with a couple yellow jacket hornets looking to move in under the eave, It was an unfair fight as I was on a ladder with a paint can in one hand and a brush in the other, they dipped and bobbed and circled me but I finally got lucky and painted their jackets red with a couple of swipes from my paint brush. Hopefully the rest of the gang doesn't show up for revenge, ha, ha.

I still have the floor and inside knee wall panels to do, Tomorrow if it don't rain. So heres the finished look.

And here are the before and after pictures.





So the essentials are done. There are lots of little things I still want to do, I'll post the occasional picture. A few are full blown projects which I'll try to document.

Monday, August 28, 2017

New LINKS Page

Just a little note here to inform readers that I have added a links page. Readers with similar interests as myself may find some useful info. here.

To access, click this, LINKS or the link in the Pages section.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Let There Be Light

So it was a long day but we did get a lot accomplished. First off I finished the exterior of the new workshop with a second coat of stains.

Added the first coat of stain to the porch soffit.

Let there be light ha, ha. Installed the new light circuit. A relatively smooth and trouble free job, Had to drill very few holes as I routed my cables through both hollow H beams, just a few staples to keep things neat and they are mostly completely out of sight. The old patio quartz light was switched from the garage, so I changed the single pole switch for a three way switch and added another at the house entrance, they control two sets of lights , the old quartz light on the left and a pair of halogen floods on the right. Lots of light from the floods ,not so much from the quartz. If I find I have need for more light I will switch out the old quartz for a couple more floods.

Pattern Design

Designing good patterns is essential to any home caster making his own parts. Molding, proper metal solidification and finish all depend on properly designed patterns. "Pattern Design" is an excellent book on the subject. I have Lindsay Pub's reprint of the book but for shop use I like large copies that I am not afraid to get dirty, so I found a decent copy from the Internet Archive and loaded it into my word program, centered, cleaned up, and resized and then repackaged in pdf. I don't have the software or ability to white out the background but it does not take away from this excellent book. I printed it off in book form and bound it as described in a previous post. Makes for a nice large, tough copy for shop use.

The book covers the full subject of pattern design and building. There is good coverage of many examples of small patterns useful for the home caster and also covers the methods of producing huge industrial castings such as a 50 ton, hydraulic press. head casting or huge pump and turbine housings.
There is a very nice chapter on match plate work for low cost production work, for the caster who is going to make multiple castings of an item.

You can download "Pattern Design" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Supplies Recharged, Apron Form Removed

Went out to my material storage shed this morning, came back out sweating and shaking with heart palpitations, all I could find was the plywood and white pine I am saving for some kitchen and bathroom cabinet work I am planning. Jumped in my truck and raced into town to alleviate my condition.

Aw that feels much better, LOL. Joking aside I will need some of this to complete the door ideas I plan and to make up the lattice panels for the porch. The 6 X 6 I have left in the photo below will be used to make up a stump style stand for my RR anvil.

Removed the form on the apron this afternoon. Weather has been unusually cool for this time of year so the drying and curing is going slow, thats good for the finished strength. The load of crushed stone I got makes excellent concrete, just the right mix of fines to coarse material and it was very clean, no organic material to muck things up. Its a shame I have to spread the half load left on the lane way but I am developing a soft spot, so that is where it will have to go.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Apron Poured

So I finally got the apron poured today. Planning your pour and preparing all your materials ahead of time will save you a few problems when playing with concrete.In the first picture I dug out the gravel and installed the form , leveled it lengthwise. It's important to put a slope in the apron so water drains away from the entrance and foundation. I put a 1" in 2' slope on the apron.

All poured and finished.

The apron is 3" thick by 2' wide and 20' long, I considered adding some steel but a pad this long and narrow is going to crack steel or no steel. So I saved my steel and instead cut two control joints at the entrance posts. If it cracks it should crack along these control joints, I can then caulk the joint with a flexible caulk to prevent the freeze/thaw cycle from widening the crack.

It's supposed to be nice this weekend hopefully finish the stain and get the electrical done.

Five Hundred And Seven Mechanical Movements

The weather has finally cleared up, hopefully pour the apron today. In the meantime here is some old time eye candy. If proliferation is any indication "Five Hundred And Seven Mechanical Movements" is quite popular even today. Lindsay Publications sold many reprinted copies and I have seen it in the used market, it is also available for download on a number of sites around the web.

This is a nice clean copy digitized by Google which I have further cleaned up by repackaging the pdf. Lots of old mechanical movements, the principles of mechanical advantage haven't changed in the intervening years, just modernized to suit the advanced designs of modern machines. Lots of good ideas here that can still be utilized by the diy'er. Each mechanism is accompanied by a short description.

You can download 507 Mechanical Movements on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

First Coat On The Back

Rain and cool weather is to last into tomorrow, makes it hard to do concrete and stain work. I did manage a couple hrs. yesterday between downpours to apply the first coat on the back exposed wood. Went with dark maple to match the front and aluminum trim.

So one more coat on the fresh air workshop and two on the porch, a concrete apron and were done. I'll putter away with the door ideas as time allows. I like the plastic lattice it is tough as hell and easy to work with. I love the open porch but to cut drifting and wind driven snow in winter I may consider making up removable lattice panels and I will be installing a half height dutch door as well for the same reason. Flies are only a problem at dusk and at night so screening is not high on my list.

So a very productive summer, I'm due for a couple weeks vacation then I'd like to rebuild the Startrite metal band saw I got earlier this year, before I get into my fall chores (again already wow lol).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Basic Machines

Not sure if "Basic Machines" by N.L. Davis was originally written for the military or for Coles original publication in 1977. In any case the military adapted it for their training purposes and made it available to the public. This is the military version. It is the same as the Coles version which I have in paper, with the exception of a couple of chapters on computer mechanisms, which were obviously obsolete for military purposes.

The book covers all of the basic fundamentals of machines and how they work. Block and tackles, wheels and axes, gears, internal combustion engines and much more. All of the principles are clearly illustrated with diagrams that make learning mechanical advantage easy. In this military version there is a large multiple choice quiz at the back to see how much you have retained.

If you have ever wondered how a depth charge works (haven't we all lol) This book has a clear explanation. To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page.

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1954

Well the forecast was all wrong, poured all morning, no concrete today and I am stuck inside till after lunch at least. Decided to relax and upload a couple of files instead.

I made up the PM file over the weekend, so will get it up early this week. In the 1954 highlights  you will find plans for a large capacity jigsaw, it uses a small engine block but a salvaged small compressor block will do just as well, a great welding table that I will build a larger version of when my new workshop is all set up. Great plans for a small lathe index attachment, circle cutting tool, locating faceplate and others. You will also find some nice articles on metal spinning, and casting custom designed plastic knife handles.

Hope there is something here for everyone. To download click the link, Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1954.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Almost Finished

Completed the front of the new workshop ☺today and applied the first coat of stains to the exposed wood. Rather than go with all dark maple I decided to go with cedar on the panels above the entrance for a little contrast. It looks a little patchy right now but this will all even out when the second coat goes on. Here's a couple of views.

I like it. If the forecast co-operates I'll pour the 2 foot apron along the front tomorrow and then I can concentrate on finishing the stain on the porch and fresh air workshop.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Step By Step Guide Book On Home Wiring

Got a couple hrs. in on the breezeway project today, hopefully finish the front tomorrow. I have a couple of outdoor receptacles within the enclosure, I will be adding a couple more. For lighting I had an outdoor Quartz light on the side of the garage, I had to remove it to allow for the roof . I will reinstall it on two three way switches one at the garage and one at the house entrance. In addition I will install two additional flood lamps, hopefully this should make for comfortable night time work when needed.

I don't do enough wiring to keep other than very basic circuits in sharp memory so for more complicated circuits I have many books on the subject to refer to. For home circuits other than supply panel wiring, "Step By Step Guide Book On Home Wiring" is a quick no muss no fuss reference guide. I have it printed off in a three ring binder, and simply pull the page with the circuit I need for a quick reference on the job. Large clear illustrations, clearly labeled, make it hard to go wrong. Lots of good clear information that is sometimes hard to find in larger volumes.

Please read the "Important" notice at the bottom of the contents page. If you have a hard time matching two black wires or don't know the difference between hot and neutral, don't pretend you do, call an electrician. Be skeptical of forum advice, not all, but some posters are better at gawking at an accident they helped create than being helpful.

You can download "Step By Step Guide Book On Home Wiring" on my Books - Free Downloads page, 6 MB pdf.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Framing And Sheathing Completed

Moving right along, completed the framing and sheathing on the front. Installed a vinyl drip edge and aluminum fascia boards on the beam above the entrance. The panels below will be covered in vinyl siding and the open areas will get plastic lattice. I don't have enough vinyl left to do the top but this is well protected from moisture by the eave above so it will get two coats of solid dark maple stain to match the fascia boards.

Front view

Looking out the front entrance from the back entrance.

By golly, I have a new workshop, lol. Kidding aside it will remain a dedicated parking space for my snow blower and main vehicle in the winter. In the summer I can see it becoming my favorite fresh air workspace. It is very well protected from the weather but is still very well ventilated for my propane system, back-up generator, fuel storage etc. I am toying with the idea of removing the doors from the equipment shed to ventilate it better, and adapt the doors for the top hung sliding door on the back entrance. For a front entrance screen I am kicking around an idea for a roll up slat screen. The 1 X 3's would be drilled through on edge to accept 3 cables with 1/2" pipe spacers between slats. The screen could be rolled up or down on a worm drive, as required, such as in windy winter conditions and still maintain good cross ventilation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Manual Of Machine Drawing And Design

Well it has to be one of the soggiest summers in recent memory. More rain days than non-rain days and this weekend is no exception. Fortunately with the new roof I can continue to putter away on the front enclosure assemblies for the breezeway project.

Slow starting today, thought I would upload a great old book, "A Manual Of Machine Drawing And Design". Kudos go out to the Cornell University Library digitizing staff. All the very best uploads to the internet archive are done by the Cornell staff. The digitized volumes are spotlessly cleaned up and centered, except for the content of course, you would never know the volume is 100 years old.

There are lots of old books on drawing and machine design out there, this is one of the best I have come across. This was written when the steam engine and locomotive were still king, so much of the instruction centers around the assemblies involved in this technology. There are enough measured drawings at the back to build the complete boiler and engine assemblies for a locomotive. This may not be everyones cup of tea, but it makes for interesting reading. There is some math involved, but this is unavoidable in a volume on machine design.

Lots of very clean and mostly measured drawings, if you like old tech you will love this. You can download "A Manual Of Machine Drawing And Design" on my Books - Free Downloads page, it is 13 MB in pdf.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1953

Better late than never here are  the shop notes for 1953. There were few large plans in the issues this year, but lots of short 1 page shop accessories plans, included here are plans for a cone mandrel, lathe mounted wood shaper, tapping jig, speed changer, grinder tool rest, automatic punch, and others. Some good articles on wheels for power tools, plane know-how and molding planes and scrapers, shaper jigs for end cuts, and clamps for work holding.

I wasn't going to include a plan for a very heavy duty drill press, but even if you never plan to build one it is an interesting article. Its made from old auto parts, a Ford Model-A and a 38 Chev. If I had access to an old scrap yard I might consider scrounging the parts for this beast.

Here's the link to download Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1953.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Roofed Breezeway Update

So I have been puttering away on the breezeway project the last few days, got the soffit and fascia all done and started on the end enclosures. Completed the back today, just needs stain and a top hung sliding door. The door will be similar to the enclosure 2/3 panel and 1/3 privacy lattice. I went with resin plastic privacy lattice, it is 3 times the price of treated wood lattice but I find the wood doesn't last and looks terrible after a few years. I covered the base panels with that used siding I had left. I should have enough left to do the 4 bottom panels on the front and back. The top front I have yet to decide on a finish, moisture is not as much of a problem so maybe just stain. Here are some pictures.

Hopefully I can finish the front this weekend, then I have a week of stain and paint to finish, on the porch and breezeway. I have yet to pour a 2' X 20' concrete apron along the front as well.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Copper Work - Rose

I spent the first 6 years of life in the central highlands of Portugal, home of the Lusitanians. One memory I have of the time is the yearly visit to our village of the tinsmith. He would arrive with his tools and materials on a mule and set up in a corner of my grandfathers bar. The people of the village would come to him with their orders for the tinware they required. I used to sit and watch him work for hrs., producing amazing vessel shapes and hardware with a few tools and sheet material. When he was done he would pack up his mule and move on to the next village.

I mention the above story because this memory comes back every time I look at this book. "Copper Work" by A.F. Rose is a great little book on sheet metal work Its amazing the variety of vessel shapes and flat work that can be produced with a few hand tools, time and imagination. This book, though small, covers the subject very well with lots of design diagrams and pictures of finished work. Here are some page images.

You can download "Copper Work" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Finished The Roof, Ready To Move On

Didn't go at it to hard today, finished up the siding on the garage above the roof line and installed aluminum cladding on the boxed in house gable, a little bit of caulking and we are all done ready for soffit and fascia .

A little more explanation on the boxed in gable. Not boxing it in would have meant cutting the house siding and establishing a water tight joint there, in addition the co-joining roofs would have created a water dam which would have been hard to seal up. Boxing in the gable solved both of these problems relatively easy. Here are a couple of pictures.

Well I think a bottle of the captain's best is in order, cheers all. Thats from the heart not a pilfered signoff.