Saturday, March 31, 2018

Canadian Machinery 3

So here are some more short articles and machinery pictures from the 1911 volume of Canadian Machinery magazine.

Now thats a belt sander


There are a couple of good ideas for the larger crucible furnace here.


Nice jig for the bench grinder.



The picture above was in the Canadian machinery magazine, I thought I had seen it before, sure enough I found the write up with the picture below in one of the ICS textbooks.

 Nice idea for a mini cupola

I seem to have a liking for these older radial drills, might be a nice project to build a small, scaled down, fully working, model.


 You will need a source of compressed air but I don't think there's much this beast couldn't melt.




Very nice shop sized turret lathe. Just the machine if you are producing a number of parts requiring up to half a dozen repetitive operations quickly.


Newnes Complete Practical Woodworking Part 2

So continuing with the "Newnes Complete Practical Woodworking" I have selected a few more articles that some may find interesting. First is an article on some simple but useful tools you can make for your shop. To start off here is the cover and the contents page, in case someone decides to look for it in the used market, where I found my copy.












Lots of good stuff for the small shop DIY'er . The tool boxes, as in a similar previous post, are ideal for the home DIY'er who does the occasional job around the house or yard, and keeps a small set of tools handy and in good shape. The tool hold-all is very convenient for small tools and fasteners, can be stored on a shelf and is easily moved to the job to save you many trips looking for different types and sizes of nails, screws etc.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Newnes Complete Practical Woodworking

So for the woodworker here is an interesting volume from 1966 published by Newnes and edited by A.T. Collins, editor of Practical Woodworking Magazine. Aside from a portable drill or woodturning lathe, tablesaw, or jointer, hand tools are the main emphasis in the tools and equipment section. Chisels, saws, planes, molding planes, braces etc. are all covered. There are plans for shop aids and jigs and some nice articles on workshop methods.

Many of the furniture plans at the back are dated, but there are a few furniture pieces and childrens toys and furniture worth posting here in the future. For now here are three articles that some will find interesting. The first article is full of good tips on turning bowls including oval turning.

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The second article talks about glues and gluing. Most of the glue types used today were developed by the time this was written and there is good info. on their qualities and uses. Also discussed are gluing practices for strong joints. The illustration shows why sharp tools and correct clamping pressures are important.



If you have a small shop and few machine tools, the jig in this article can be quite useful. With a portable drill and this easy to make jig, many small jobs can be performed. This is a similar plan to the one in this Popular Science Annual Part 3 post except that this uses a portable drill instead of the Dremel type tool.



So as mentioned there is lots more good stuff in this volume. I will post more in the future.


Odds And Ends

So we got a couple of cm.'s of wet snow yesterday turned cold overnight and froze it to crusty ice.


The forecast is for 20 cm. of snow tomorrow, hopefully thats our April storm come early. I have another month of heating and the wood pile is getting low. I will probably have to dip into the coming winters supply on the left side of the divider, ha ha.


So I was looking through some old binders and came across a plan that brought back some nostalgic memories for me. I traced this plan from an old book I found at the Thunder Bay public library back in the 80's. The tracing paper was large format so I had to stitch it together from 4 scans. Not bad,if you enlarge the image to max size,all the instructions to build that nice gossip bench are there. I have built a version of the desk, without the roll top. The double arm is one I still want to build, The gossip bench and step stool would be nice child's room furniture. Maple, if you can get it for the benches, would be nice.


Hope someone likes this.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blacksmithing Instruction

So while we are in the smithy here are a couple of books I converted to pdf from my word files a while back.

The first one "Blacksmithing-A Manual For School And Shop" by Selvage And Allton is an excellent instructional manual, with clear step by step instructions for 48 smithing operations,heating work, fullering, forging tool steel etc. The second section deals with information on the shop and equipment of the smithy, and the last section has tables useful for the smith. Published by The Manual Arts Press in 1925, this is a nice clean copy.

To download click Blacksmithing-A Manual For School And Shop. 3 MB - pdf




The second book is "Blacksmithing" by James M. Drew, published in 1947 by The Webb Publishing Company. If the wide availability of this one on line is any indication, this one is a classic. The emphasis is on farm work and in the process covers a wide variety of smithing work.

To download this clean small manual click Blacksmithing - Drew. 3 MB - pdf





Monday, March 26, 2018

3 Hammer Builds, 1 Plan Set, and 2 Patents

So spent the afternoon clearing the lane way before it turns to 4" of ice. We peaked on our snow fall and we got about a foot less than we normally get, but it was colder than probably the last 10 years. I am almost out of this years allotment of firewood. April usually has at least one good snowfall. One of my summer projects will have to be the second complete rebuild of my snowblower. After 17 winters of snow clearing it deserves what ever attention it gets, lol.

So I opened the door to power hammers last post, and I have amassed many files in my research over the years, so I will share a few more here.

First is a file I put together mostly from info. on the Iforgeiron site. There are 3 builds in this file and a couple small articles. First a similar version of "Rusty" then a well documented Helve hammer and the last an interesting Oliver anvil hammer.

To download the file click Blacksmith Plans And Projects - Power Hammers. 2.4 MB - pdf

This guy will never be called Rusty, few bearings used but the bushings are all oozing grease. 


Very nice Helve hammer, used for working sheet materials.


Oliver The Hammer, very interesting, with a little practice, two hammers one smith is possible, lol.


I mentioned in the last post that I had lots of plan sets from the net. on file, I guess if I said it, I better back it up. "Krusty" is not connected to Jerry Allens 3 creations (Rusty, Dusty, and Super-Rusty). It is a larger nock-off, from what looks like Germany or Eastern Europe. It was originally for sale but it has been widely available on the net for many years. This is a 17 page plan set.

To download the plan set click Krusty Power Hammer. 1.6 MB - pdf


So in my research I looked at a large number of power hammer patents on the US patent site here are a couple of patents some may find interesting.

The first is a portable power hammer, click Patent: Potable Power Hammer to download. 290 KB - pdf


To download the second patent file click Power Hammer 3. 132 KB - pdf


I find patent files an interesting source of ideas. I am not looking to copy a patent but rather to see how different ideas are used to solve the problem at hand.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

"Rusty" The Appalachian Power Hammer

Going through all my web site files brings to mind how long my "to do" projects list is, And that warm sun starting to melt all this snow doesn't help,lol.

Many years ago Jerry Allen of "The Wizards Forge" came up with a power hammer plan that turned out to be very popular. With the exception of a few items like motor and bearings it is mostly made from scrap and salvaged materials and results in a efficient, smooth running hammer that would otherwise set you back a good dollar on the retail market.

I have many sets of plans for different power hammers that I have found on the web, but no plan set for "Rusty", Mr. Allen has protected them well. With me I like to build from pictures, incorporate some of my own ideas into the mix, and alter the measurements to the materials available to me. Norm Tucker below seems to have a similar attitude toward his project creations.

Off all the plans and ideas I have come across, a larger version of "Rusty" appeals to me the most.

This version built by Norm Tucker has high appeal for me. There is very little I would change about it. The idler initiated start/stop feature probably gives good control, but would wear the belt and pulleys out prematurely and because the motor is still running when tension is released there is the chance the belt may grab and give you an unexpected stroke (haven't built one yet, so this is just speculation). I will have to see what I can come up with. 

I don't pretend everyone is like me (god no,lol) so if your interested and you need the plans to build it, here is were you can get them.

Jerry Allen @ The wizards Forge, Rt,1, Box 174-D. Lost Creek, Wv. 26385. Ph.# 304 745 3886. A short version of the plans go for $15. More detailed plans go for $40. That gets you plans for three versions of "Rusty".

So many years ago I made up a word file from a web site containing a write up on the materials, sources and some construction methods for Rusty. Also in the file are many examples from other builders of their versions of Rusty such as Norm Tucker's above.

So If you want it, click Materials For The Appalachian Power Hammer to download. 710 KB - pdf





Mission Furniture-How To Make It

So for the woodworker here is a large selection of plans for a classic furniture style. Back in 1909 Popular Mechanics Handbooks published a 3 volume set on Mission furniture construction. Written by H.H. Windsor, they were quite popular,and even today, I have seen them reprinted in the retail market. I found these 3 volumes on the Project Gutenberg site in full text and imported them to three word docs. The 3 volumes are each a little less than 100 pages so I combined them into one volume and converted it to pdf. The result 264 pages of Mission furniture plans.

If you like strong functional furniture with clean unadorned lines Mission furniture may be to your taste. Material recommended is mainly quarter sawn oak and gives the style a distinct long lasting look.

To download "Mission Furniture-How To Make It" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 53 - 10 MB - pdf





Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mystic River Foundry

I can't remember the site I found this nice file on. The author did not sign the file but he mentions students and a slide display, so it may have been a school shop site.

The author purchased a pattern set at a flea market and decided to have it cast at a close by foundry, "Mystic River Foundry" in Mystic, Connecticut. The foundry owner invited the author to come on the casting day and observe the step by step process, from pattern to finished castings. The 52 picture slides document the process very well.

The pattern set looks like a small gear box, smaller but similar to the gear box required for one of the hand operated grinders in the Advanced Projects post. I mention this to point out that it is not really as difficult as it looks.

Sharon Hertzler the owner, who doesn't mind getting her hands right in there, does a great job. A good example to all those critics on line, who like to deride the hobby casting process every chance they get (I think the term is "grow a set"). Having a big guy like the foundry man around to help with that big crucible sure helps a lot, ha ha.

To download this file click Mystic River Foundry. 2 MB - pdf




Very nice little foundry with some talented people operating it. There is a link to the foundry site in the file. Check out the fine work they do.