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.