Saturday, February 17, 2018

Manual Of Engineering Drawing

So here is a change from the recent diet of plans, "Manual of Engineering Drawing" published in 2004 has made the rounds around the web, I found this copy on The Internet Archive. A better title might have been "Manual of Engineering Design". You can only do so much writing about orthographic, isometric, and oblique projections, thousands of books have been written on the subject over the years. I have many of them in paper and on disk, and treat them as a resource for the many section and machine drawings within their pages.

This manual starts off covering drawing techniques and then moves into areas that would be better described as machine design covering screw threads, keys, fits, cams, springs, bearing technology and many other topics. It is new enough to touch on CAD and CAM design and manufacture as well. A well illustrated volume that does not get overly technical, some might even call it light reading.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 46 - 6 MB - pdf

Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 5

Been under the weather for the better part of a week, but I think we got her beat now, so better late than never, here is part 5 of "Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering". This part includes chapters 15 and 16. Chapter 15 covers "Simple Marking Out" essential to making machine components that fit together with accuracy.

Chapter 16 "Fitting - Tools For Fitting To Size By Shearing" covers all aspects of what I would call bench work. Lots of info and tips for working with chisels, hacksaws, shears, files, scrapers, taps, dies, drills and others. These skills would benefit anyone without a shop full of machine tools and even they have to resort to bench work sometimes.

To download click Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 5 - 8 MB - pdf

If you are following look for Part 6 next weekend.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Some Light Reading

So I haven't got around to making up the "Pictorial Textbook" file yet, but in the meantime here is a little light reading that some may find interesting. "Making The Small Shop Profitable" is a reprint from Lindsey Publications, first published by The American Machinist in 1918. Its a great little book full of articles, kinks and tips for the small shop and covers most aspects of metalwork which would be performed in the small shop. When I have time to scan and package the whole book in a pdf I will upload and share it here.

So here is the first contents page, a couple of "kinks" pages and the first two articles that some may find entertaining and interesting light reading.

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Knowledgeable workman who take pride in their work are few, scumbags who will take advantage are many. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rod And Bar Bender

So here is a second project from P. Blandford's "24 Metalworking Projects". This is another fabricating project that is very useful around the shop, takes up little space and can be stored away when not in use. If you make or repair things in your shop sooner or later you will have need to bend some rod or bar stock for some specific purpose. There are many different plans for benders out there, this one is easy to build and will handle basic bending work in 3 standard sizes 3/8",1/2" and 5/8", also works with 1/4 " but bends wouldn't be as tight.

For the novice please note this is for use with solid stock. For tubing, formed dies are required such as in this article  A Few Vintage PM Workshop Jigs.

Reproduction Oak Welsh Dresser

So here is another classic project from "Woodworking Plans And Projects" a reproduction oak Welsh dresser by Steven Hurrell, complete with time worn distressing. This is a great looking piece of furniture that would be at home in any style kitchen area. With care, in the reach of most woodworkers. Steven states "Although not a project for an absolute beginner, with a little thought and determination most competent woodworkers can achieve first class results."

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 4

So here is part 4 of "Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering". This part covers chapters 13 and 14. Chapter 13 covers shaping by fabricating and includes folded, rivetted, soldered and welded seams. The next section, hand shaping to accurate sizes, starts off with chapter 14 and covers measuring principles and practice.

Welding tech has made big advances since 1963 and most measuring equipment such as calipers now have digital read outs. But you can still benefit from this fabricating info. and a good understanding of measuring principles and practice.

To download Part 4 click Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 4. 8.5 MB - pdf

Saturday, February 3, 2018

And One For The Metalworker - Bench Shear

Percy Blandford wrote a large number of books for Tab Books Inc. unfortunately in my opinion the emphasis was on quantity over quality. There were a few exceptions to this view point, "24 Metalworking Projects" was one of them. There are some nice well thought out and illustrated projects in this small volume.

A bench shear comes in handy for small sheet metal cutting and trimming and will cleanly shear small metal shafting as well. Importers regularly sell 8" and 12" units in the $100 to $200 range. If my 12" is any indication, their quality is borderline.

The following plan carefully made can easily exceed the quality of the imports for less price and more satisfaction.

One For the Woodworker - Rocking Horse

So from "Woodworking Plans And Projects" published by The Guild Of Master Craftsman comes this article on carved rocking horses. Definitely in the class of heirloom, these horses will make the carver/woodworker and the young recipient very happy. Written by Anthony Dew, he has written 3 books on the subject. The latest (written in 1993) "The Rocking-Horse Maker" is published by David And Charles and has step by step plans for nine horses from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, carousel horse.

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I'll post another project from this book next week, if anyone has a preference for one of the listed articles, message me the article and I will include it.