Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1951 Popular Science Annual

So I was cleaning out my book shelves today and came across some Popular Science annuals from the early 50's. They have seen better days, the spine glue was brittle and turning to powder and the non-acid free paper was burned brown and brittle. I decided to dismantle them and scan the interesting articles and projects before I lose them altogether. Discarding them freed up some much needed space on my shelving as well.

So here are a few of the first projects worth keeping from the 1951 Popular Science annual. I will upload a few more over time or make up a couple of pdf's. If anyone has a preference it's ok to say so.

Most have experienced sloppy miter gauge fits, even straight from the manufacturer, carefully done, this is an easy fix.

Very solid looking pipe vise and easily upscaled for larger work, well worth it if you have seen the price of a good one.

Nice grommet setting tool, nice for modifying things like tarps for camping gear. Grommets are available at most hardware stores.

I don't know if this is the original source of this idea, I seem to remember something similar in Popular Mechanics, but I have seen many people document the process around the web with good results. I will have to try this with some heavy Butterfield taps I have.

Remember this one from your school days, I know I do, lol. Fortunately didn't set anything on fire.