Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Animal Gliders"

What child could resist a nice long ride on a favorite animal glider? As I said in the previous post, here is a nice selection of plans for building nice animal gliders, that every child will enjoy.

As the designer of these gliders, David Wakefield found out few children can resist a long ride on one of these swings. Construction is not difficult, and Mr. Wakefield provides lots of information for a successful build and installation.

In addition to the titles of father or grandfather, projects like these will also make you a young child's favorite woodworker.

So it's Sunday, so looking forward to a couple good football games on the tube this afternoon.


"Toy Steam Train"

So it's Sunday again. It's amazing how fast time can slide by as you get older. When your young you can't wait till tomorrow, when your old you want today to last forever, lol.

So it's been a while since I uploaded any woodworking projects. I will try to save Sunday mornings for woodworking projects for the next little while. I have uploaded a few projects from Popular Science's Project Yearbooks in the past. If you are not familiar with these, they are full of lots of very nice toy, and furniture plans, mixed in are some good articles on methods of construction.

Nick Engler among others is one of the contributers for many of these nice plans. If you do woodwork, you have probably come across some of his fine books and designs.

Degrees of difficulty run the gamut from relatively easy toys to a series of beautiful, advanced, Queen Ann reproductions. I will start off today with a couple of winners for the toddler set. The first, a toy steam train, by Nick Engler, and in the next post, a nice selection of animal gliders by David Wakefield.

So here are plans for the Toy Steam Train. Don't forget to expand for best view. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sandblast Cabinet And A Workshop Primer

So after two days in the shops I am only ready to start the actual clean-up tomorrow, I did get all my tools organized and back in there proper locations. On a long project like the sawmill, my tool boxes get cleaned out and tools piled all over the place. This gets mixed with parts and material as I dig through storage looking for that part I know I stored 5 years ago, ha, ha. It would be nice if I could return a tool to it's proper location when I am done with it, but I have given up on that ever happening, lol.

So for a little break here is a plan for a nice sandblast cabinet and a older book on metalworking shop basics packed with info for the novice.

First is a nice plan for a sandblast cabinet. I think I found this on the Internet Archive. Its 5 pages of drawings and 1 page of instructions. I think I have pictures somewhere of a build that someone on the internet did of this project.

Its a small file 172 kb - pdf, to download click Sandblasting Cabinet.

The second upload today is "Practical Mechanics For Boys". Published in 1914 its older but the basics of metal shop work haven't changed. The first part is well illustrated with sound information for the novice metalworker, there is a section on fundamental devices and the back sections are full of useful information for the workshop.

I found this on the Gutenberg site and converted the html to a pdf file. It's compact at 1.35 MB, to download click Practical Mechanics For Boys.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

4' Cold Work (And Hot) RR Anvil

So I headed into the shop with good intentions to get it cleaned up, yesterday morning. The first job was to get that 6'2" piece of RR rail I had used for some cold working of metal, in the sawmill build, off the floor. Thats when I got side tracked, The rail worked great for doing cold work and as posted before I have broke more than one vise, doing rough cold work with them. I figured a large piece of rail fitted to a stand would get much use in my metal shop, and save some of the rough work I subject some of my other equipment to. When I build a forge it would handle hot work as well.

So I headed back into the house and worked out a plan for a stand to support a 4' section of rail and a nice supply of hammers. I wanted something that was widely stanced, and heavy, for stability, and to absorb heavy blows.

First job was to cut the rail, I ended up with a 2'2" piece left over. I will either build a larger double horn anvil or cut it up for dies for a power hammer (one day).

Next I cut up all of the pieces required. The floor pieces are 3" square heavy wall tubing and the upright frames are all 2 1/2" heavy wall tubing. The bottom tie pieces are 2" angle and the hammer rack is 1 1/2" angle.

I took my time squaring up the frames, used lots of clamps to hold things tight. I put heavy tacks on all the joints and then removed the clamps, flipped the assembly over and started with the heavy welds.

One of two completed frames.

Here the two main frames are tied together with the 2" bottom angles and one of the 1 1/2" angles from the hammer rack.

So here it is complete.

The stand is very stable and heavy, the whole assembly tops 300 lbs. with the rail.

Another view.

Here is a good view of the hammer rack with a good variety of hammers for various shaping work.

I have a feeling this is going to be the most used piece of equipment in my metal shop. So thats another piece of equipment that is ready for paint. Black for the stand I think. The rail will not be painted. I'll go over it with WD-40 and a power wire brush and do a lite grinding of the top surface to smooth things out and it will be ready for some heavy pounding.

So will try to start on the clean-up again tomorrow, lol.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Mechanical Engineering For Beginners"

So its Sunday and the NFL football season is back, so my Sunday afternoons are spoken for, I used to be big on sports, but in my older years the blood pumping excitement of a good football game, seems to be the only one that still holds my attention on the tube.

So for fans of early 20th century technology, like me, here is good little text from the Internet Archive that some will find very interesting and readable. It covers the technology of the time without getting overly technical, covering the concepts in a clear and understandable manner. A large section is devoted to steam boilers and steam engines, early development of more advanced water tube boilers and corliss steam engines are covered, as are steam turbines, hydraulic equipment, producer gas, and gas and oil engines.

"Mechanical Engineering For Beginners" by R. S. McLaren in 1908 can be downloaded on my Books - Free Downloads page. # 61 - 13 MB - pdf.

"Build A Coil Winding Machine"

Build A Coil Winding Machine By David Gingery has been widely distributed around the web, if you don't have a copy yet, here is your chance to get the cleanest copy I have found yet. This is a great little plan for the electrical enthusiast who likes to wind his own coils. The back cover says it best.

If  you have been here before, you know I am a fan of D. Gingery's many books on DIY projects. I don't venture into electronics beyond what I need to get by, but for the electronics hobbyist this may still be a desirable and satisfying project.

To download "Build A Coil Winding Machine" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 60 - 9 MB - pdf.

Friday, September 7, 2018

A Few More Pictures

So cleaned up the mess I made yesterday. Can't seem to get enough sawmill pictures (it's my site and I will do what I want, lol). So I moved the sawmill into the ventilated workshop space for painting.

It will be a while before I can get at it, but it is ready for paint.

Moved my newly sawed wood into storage for drying. Stacked carefully with lots of stickers. Hopefully we will not get to much warp and twist in the drying process. 

I am bragging now, but the majority of the birch sure is nice, looking forward to producing a few nice projects with this. I will be looking forward to putting up a nice supply of this wood as well. No more looking longingly at these hardwoods in lumber stores and walking away when I see the price stickers.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

200 Board Feet Is A Start

So a clear sky and a bright sun rise today, time to test out the band sawmill. 

Here is the mill all set up and leveled, ready to cut.

So I started with the poplar, loaded it with the hoist, and clamped it in place.

Here the first 8' slab, cut. 

The poplar squared up, and the first 8/4 X 6 1/2" board sliced off.

Here the first slab sliced off a 8'2" birch. I could hear the engine working a little harder, but still breezed through it.

So whats the finish like? Pretty hard to get much better, great.

Alright, so how thin can we go? Here is a 1/16" slice of veneer, sliced off one of the short birch. Finish is very nice, a few grades of sand paper would reach a good finish quickly. Still strong, I could have gone thinner, but even this is amazing. 

Here is a picture of the saw in the middle of a cut, on the 8'2" birch.

So thats it, all sawed, there is close to 200 board feet of lumber here, even a conservative $1.50 a board ft. puts the pile at $300. Starting to pay for itself already, lol. Widths are between 5 1/2" and 6 1/2". The poplar is 8/4 thick, the spruce 6/4 and the birch is 5/4.

A side view. 

Bonus, slabs for the wood pile.

The wind blew it around but the sawdust fitting worked great, plugged once with a hunk of birch bark, but great otherwise. 

All done no worse for wear. Things went quickly after the first two logs, and I got the hang of the operating procedure. No real problems, I had a weld on one of the bunk clamp nuts fail, a quick trip into the shop fixed that. A paint job and thats another long held dream, off my check list. 

So this lumber will air dry in storage, and I should be able to build some projects with it next year. YES standing tree to finished project, ha ha.