Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 6

So were nearing the end of this fine, practical and hands on textbook. Hopefully the student and the experienced have garnered information not previously available to them. In this installment are two chapters, 17 Finishing and Assembling and 18 Erecting Finished Assemblies. As in previous chapters there are lots of illustrations clarifying the concepts and methods discussed. This completes the more practical sections of this textbook. In the last section, "Chemistry For Craftsmen" are 3 parts. Part 1 "Intro. To Chemistry of Engineering Materials", Part 2 "Corrosion Of Metals", and Part 3 "Chemical Changes And Heat Treatment". These have been touched on before, in this section the science behind these concepts is explored in greater detail. Look for this last part next week.

Click on Pictorial Textbook Of Engineering Part 6 to download 8 MB - pdf.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Scraping And Generating Plates Without a Master

So here is another gem that I found in a used book store many years ago. "Practical Mechanics Handbook" by F. J. Camm was first published in 1938, this copy is from 1942.

I did not white out the background in the following pages and you can see that the acid burn is starting to brown the pages, so I will definitely be scanning this at a later date. I will share it then.

In the mean time here is a nice, short, but information dense chapter on hand scraping from this fine volume. A while back I read a back and forth on a forum concerning generating accurate surface plates using the 3 plate method. Agreement was not mutual. The description here is short but very clear in how to go about generating plates without a master (labor intensive, but thats the nature of the beast). In addition there is good information on the scraping procedure and making your own scrapers. Enjoy.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The "Father" of the "Do-It-Yourself" Category

Paul Nooncree Hasluck (1854 - 1931) has been called a pioneer of the diy movement, I would go so far as to call him the father of the category. He has authored books on the subject as early as 1878 and his numbers are unrivaled. He has authored or edited well over 100 titles. If you do a search, no one seems to be able to nail down a firm number. His subject matter covers a very wide and diverse swath of diy topics woodworking, metalworking, smithing, glass work, leather work, tin work and on and on. He even wrote a book on building your own coffin, if thats what you need lol, wow.

Most, but not all of his books are available for free around the web. The Internet Archive lists 84, some are multiple uploads of the same title,  The Librum Online Library has a huge number of titles though not all free and there are many other sites around the web, such as Google Books, that have his books available.

In addition many modern publishers have reprinted many of his books and they are available on line and in bookstores. Lindsay Publications and 10 Speed Press are 2 of the reprinters among others.

By far, for me, the best experience is finding the originals in used book stores. I only have a dozen of his books in paper most original and a few reprints.

Below is a picture of  an original 5 volume set of "Cassell's Cyclopaedia Of Mechanics" edited by Paul Hasluck and two reprints "Metal Working" reprinted by Lindsay Publications and "The Handyman's Book" By 10 Speed Press.

Volume 1 of the 5 Vol. set. Excellent shape considering it was published in 1903.

Lindsay's beautiful hard cover reprint of "Metal Working"

Large Tool Chests

So to expand on the previous posts subject matter, a larger collection of tools will require a larger tool chest for proper storage. Paul Hasluck had some good ideas in his book "The Handyman's Book" (See the above post for more on Paul N. Hasluck). Published in 1904, don't let that put you off, it is full of good information and lots of great illustrations and woodcuts.

These tool chests are still popular today. All the senior hands I worked with as a Power Engineer in a paper mill, all had tool chests like these. The company had provided materials and they all built their own tool chests in earlier years. They didn't hold saws and planes, rather pipe wrenches and combination wrenches, but some were going on 30 years and still holding up well. Loaded up they can get heavy, but many had built short stands on casters to wheel them around.

This copy of "The Handyman's Book" is a reprint by 10 Speed Press. It is harder to find on the web than many of Hasluck's other books and at 760 pages it is huge. I might do a multi-part upload at a later date if anyone expresses interest.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Portable Toolcase

Recently a parent of a son working towards his Scout woodworking badge expressed thanks for some of the woodworking articles found on this site. The son was looking to build a toolbox as a gift for a relative.

Following is another plan from "Woodworking Plans And Projects" of a very nice portable toolcase that would suit the typical home owner or even apartment dweller. You don't need to have a large shop or be a shop hermit to require a basic set of tools to do repairs and small projects around the house and yard. This toolcase is an excellent solution to keep your tools together, easily stored, and portable. The article has good instruction for cutting good quality, hand cut, dovetail joinery, for the novice to improve on his or her skills and produce a good quality and useful toolcase.

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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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