Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 3

So hopefully there is interest in this fine volume of metalworking information. Here are the next 5 chapters, starting with, safety in the use of tooling then moving to the principles of tooling and then planning for tooling. Next we move to the shaping to rough sizes section. Covered first is foundry work, this is followed by a chapter on shaping by forging.

For those following this posting check back next week for Part 4 and the next set of chapters.

To download click Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 3 - 8 MB - pdf

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Shaker Chair - Engine Hoist

So I am shooting for 31 posts in 31 days, be there tomorrow ha, ha. Well the bloom is off the rose and I can check "web site" off the bucket list. I'll continue to do the occasional post of interesting info. or completed project from my "have to build" endless project list, but I need to focus my attention on other matters.

So the first of two nice projects today is a authentic Shaker swivel chair from the 1974 Mechanix Illustrated. Very nice.

The second project is something every metalworker can use, not just for lifting engines. This engine hoist is a good example (from the April 1983 Popular Mechanics magazine) of how many of these early designs are being cheaply reproduced for the import market. Most importers carry a $200 version of this hoist. You can still build it for less than $200 and have the satisfaction of building it yourself.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Solutions For The Small Hobby Shop

There are many people who would like to practice hobby interests but are often limited by the space available. Model making, toy construction, small wood and metal craft interests do not require a large shop or dedicated machines that eat up floor space and produce lots of noise and dust. Hand tools and portable power tools are more suitable for a spare room apartment shop or a small basement space or outdoor shed in a typical townhouse. So the challenge is to set up an efficient method of working with these tools in a smaller space.

I have assembled this pdf with plans from a couple of sources, (1989 Popular Mechanics Yearbook, and 2012 Fine Woodworking Tools And shops) that together make for one solution to the limited space workshop.

The set up consists of three constructions. All three are on mobile casters so they can be moved around to utilize your space or tucked off to the side when not in use. The first is a power tool table which will allow you to set up two portable power tools as stationary power tools at the same time. With the right adapter bases you can run any portable tool as a stationary tool, lots of storage, nice design, looks solid and accurate. To compliment this table is a small-parts cabinet that doubles as a out feed  support for the circular saw. Lots and lots of storage for all those small nails, screw, nuts, bolts, and parts that accumulate over time. The third piece comes from FWW’s Tools And Shops. No shop could be called a shop without a workbench, the problem is most good ones are large and heavy. This design is unique and perfectly suited for the small shop. Made from mostly sheet material it incorporates a wet dry vac. combined with a commercially available cyclone collector for dust control. A solid top with a unique inexpensive clamping system and convenient power access for your portable tools.

A small shop equipped in this manner with good quality portable tools would provide all the needs for a hobbyist to produce some nice work in a small space.  I could go on about how a band saw and a drill press would be nice but that would be getting beyond the scope of the small shop. Smaller bench top units could be easily incorporated into this set-up.

To download the pdf click Solutions For The Small Hobby Shop - 6 MB - pdf. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

12" Band Saw Revisited

Yes your right Kris the 12" band saw in the 73-74 shop notes was not complete. Thank you for your interest. At the time I could not find the "continued on" page and uploaded it anyway. Here is the complete article. I could not find it in my yearbooks or encyclopedias so the resolution is not much better, as I am depending on googles original archiving from over a decade ago.

Click images and then click again for best view.

Yes the hardware kit is mostly hardware store items. Using plywood wheels instead of V pulleys is easily done as in my 12" band saw build. Installing the motor in the base and driving the bottom drive wheel through bearings in the frame and outboard pulley is in my opinion preferred and would give you the option of different blade speeds. Hope this helps.

Band Saw Users Guide

So from the 1989 Popular Mechanics yearbook comes this nice band saw users guide. The band saw is in most opinions the most useful machine in the shop. It can do most cuts that other machines can and much more. Crosscuts are limited by the throat depth, but there is not much else that it can't do.

There are many user guides out there, this one stands out for it's nice table extension plan  and a great circle cutting guide plan. I have seen many different circle cutting jigs, this one is easy to build, the two eccentrics make it accurate and easy to adjust.

Click to expand, click again for best view. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Winter 2017-18

So I spent this afternoon clearing the latest snow fall. Brought along the camera and took a few pictures. Not a lot of snow this year, certainly less than normal, however this was counterbalanced with more days below -30*C than I recall in recent memory. The worst part of this winters weather is the many sudden wild swings in temp. from very cold to plus temps usually accompanied with rain or freezing rain, lasts a day or two and then we plunge into the deep freeze again. Its forecast to be +3*C and drizzle tomorrow and -28*C Sunday.

Here are a few pictures after I finished the lane-way today.

1946 Popular Science Annual PDF

So here is a 30 page pdf of the two previous posts of the 1946 Popular Science annual, in addition there is a further 10 pages of projects to complete this years highlights. For those interested in some of these projects the pdf makes it convenient and keeps everything together.

To download the pdf click 1946 Popular Science Annual Highlights. 9 MB - pdf

Here,s a chuckle from the Metalworking Dropbox.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 2

So hopefully the first part of "Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering" found some interest. For those interested here is part two. This part covers the next four chapters starting with hardening and tempering of metals, moves to testing for properties and then covers protection and coloring of metals. Chapter 7 introduces the fabrication of a lathe to illustrate purpose and standards of tooling.

As mentioned before this is as good basic information for the hobby metalworker as you will find anywhere, in a easy format.

To download click "Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering" Part 2. 6 MB - pdf

Furniture For The Craftsman by Paul D. Otter

So its been a while since anything was uploaded for the woodworker, so here is an older book from the internet archive with some nice designs and ideas. Unlike many books from that time this book is written for the home diy craftsman, less technical and more hands on. It starts off with a discussion of  different furniture styles, then moves into the tools of the craft (for the clamp challenged there is an interesting glue-up press that is about as quick to operate as anything I have seen). This is followed up with interesting furniture ideas for every room in the house and many ideas for some very interesting outdoor furniture. It finishes of with information on finishing and upholstery. I am sure most woodworking hobbyists will find something interesting here.

To download "Furniture For The Craftsman" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 45 - 9 MB - djvu

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1946 Popular Science Annual Part 2

So here are 3 more projects from the 1946 PS annual for the hobby machinist. These are more advanced projects, but must tooling for threading and small turning and milling work in the lathe. the solid sanding table and faceplate make for fast  finishing of flat surfaces.

First is a nice threading dial indicator.

The second project is a very useful draw-in chuck and spring collet set.

A nice plan for a heavy sanding disk and table, including pattern instructions. Iron would be nice but cast in heavy section aluminum would also be great.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Two Recent Reads

So catching up on some reads lately, the Trump related "Fire And Fury" caught my eye. Found it was more about Bannon than it was about Trump, and the stick you in the back, before you stick me, environment that permeated the west wing, in an effort to curry favour and influence over the self centered all powerful.

Hey nothing new about that, thats the experience of most people in most environments be it work, social or even the occasional forum ha, ha. Not an environment I ever cared for, always wondered how anyone got anything done. As for Trump the excerp from the next book might explain alot.

The other read I just completed "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops" by George Carlin is a collection of Carlin's stand up rants and routines. Carlin's insights into human nature and the human condition are often hilarious and always insightful, I have always found his delivery very entertaining.

Below is an excerp of one of his rants. Be warned there is some very colorful language here. If you object don't read.

I included the last quote to show he spares no one. Even those nice people north of the border get put in their place, LOL.