Showing posts with label book review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book review. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Capotosto's Woodworking Wisdom"

So in the previous post I featured a tenoning jig by Rosario Capotosto, this jig was also included in one of my favorite books by Mr. Capotosto. Throughout the last 30 years of the last century Mr. Capotosto was a huge asset for many of the woodworking related magazines. Possibly 100's of his articles and plans were published in many magazines, Popular Science and Popular Mechanics being the big standouts. In addition Mr. Capotosto published many good books on the subject.

"Capotosto's Woodworking Wisdom" is probably my favorite of his books. It was published in 1983 by Popular Science Books and Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. This book is full of useful tips and jigs for the workshop, lots of plans to make your shop safer and more productive. In addition there is a nice collection of projects for around the house and yard.

So in addition to the tenoning jig in the previous post here are a couple of more jigs, you will find in this book. I purchased mine new when it went into publication, nowadays the used market is your most likely source, I have never come across it online but people with better online skills than I have, may find a source.

Edit: Want to make a nice jig even better? Here is my suggestion, rout a recess in the base to fit a hard drive magnate and epoxy in place. Everyone has at least one dead hard drive kicking around, ha ha. The magnate will give a solid attachment to the table saw top for consistently accurate adjustments from a small lite jig like this.

Boy it's a good thing I live on a highly porous sand moraine,otherwise I would be sitting in the middle of a swamp right now, lol. It has been heavy, steady rain for two days now and it's not supposed to stop till tomorrow.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Review - Wood's "Woodworking Tools You Can Make"

In 1991 Wood magazine and Meredith Corporation published "Woodworking Tools You Can Make". The book is a collection of projects featured in Wood magazine between 1980 and 1990. If you are familiar with Wood magazine you will know that there are some very nice plans and workshop ideas featured in this magazine. This book is a collection of the best tools and workshop storage ideas featured in the magazine for that decade. Here are the contents and some pictures.

Plans are very complete, taking you through the build process step by step. Material lists and sources are also very complete, and often include kit sources for assemblies that require machined components, such as the headstock and tailstock spindles for the lathe. That was back in the 80's so it is doubtful these sources are still available, but alternatives can be found,  such as replacement parts for conventional machines, or you can always make your own if you have the means.

The book can be found in the used market, where I found this, like new copy. Failing that, all the plans were published in Wood magazine as mentioned above, back in the 80's. I mentioned the lathe to a person on a forum and the issue it was in, a while back. He quickly found the copy (if it was a paper copy, he didn't mention it) on line, so they are out there.

If I am feeling ambitious and my site is still up, I will scan and share the book towards the end of the year.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Machine Tool Reconditioning

So Football day today, I have to thank our southern neighbors for the best sports entertainment on the tube, on these cold January days.

So the lost art of scraping is not lost if you have a copy of "Machine Tool Reconditioning" by E. F. Connelly. Probably the best information on the why and how of scraping and machine tool reconditioning out there. Written in 1954, after numerous printings the Connelly family renewed the copyright in 1985 for another printing. I am not aware of a renewal since. In the early 90's Lindsey Publications got a hold of the publishers remains and sold them in his catalog. At $40 a pop  they didn't last long. There are links to a poorly scanned and uploaded copy on the web, though I can't remember where now, a search should find it. It's probably a long shot but if someone is foolish enough to accept used book prices for it, it would be your gain.

Here are images of the cover, title, and contents page. Here also is the first chapter "The Art of Scraping" a beginners overview. I will try to upload Chapter 6 "Manipulating The Scraping Tool" later in the week. That would provide the basics, at 533 pages there is much more to scraping and tool reconditioning. If I get a request for more info I'll try to get more chapters uploaded in the future.

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And here is a worn machine chuckle.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Review: Chainsaw Lumbermaking by Will Malloff

As mentioned in the previous post this is a review of Will Malloff's great book "Chainsaw Lumbermaking" published by Taunton Press in 1982.

Will Malloff has a lifetime of experience on the subject and has a number of patents in the field including the development of the ripping chain tooth geometry. The book covers all aspects of chainsaw lumber making and it's easy to see the knowledge that only hands on experience can bring. Will will take you through choosing and maintaining your saw to operating a commercial mill (like the Mark III Alaskan Mill) to making your own mill and lots of plans for making your own tools and accessories.

I was aware of this book for a while, from my Fine Woodworking magazines, the price made me wince though. So you can imagine, my heart almost skipped a beat when I walked into a great little used book shop in Belleville Ont. in 1994 (yes I can still remember that far back lol), and there it was on the shelf, hardcover edition, in new condition, with a used price of $10. If my body was 20 years younger I would have done back flips lol.  Here are some pictures. Click on the images to expand.

Here are a couple more pictures of the 2x4 mill in the previous post in use.

The back cover.

If you like the subject matter and you come across this in the used market, snap it up you will not regret it.

Well it's supposed to hit -48*C with the wind chill tonight, can,t feed the wood stove fast enough lol.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review: The Lost City Of The Monkey God

So my favorite R&R activity is catching up on my reading, and this book certainly got me going. Started it yesterday and just finished it, couldn't put it down. The Mosquitia region of Honduras remains one of the very few scientifically unexplored regions of the world. For hundreds of years rumors of a lost city and an advanced civilization in this area have abounded. Since the 1800's various characters have attempted to find it without success.

Flash forward, a team of devoted believers manage to convince the operators of an advanced laser mapping technology called Lidar to map 3 areas where they believed the lost city might be located. The results where astounding, they found what they believed to be the ruins of two huge cities which thrived in pre-columbian times and suddenly disappeared 500 hundred years ago.

A large team was assembled including the author of this book with the intention of putting boots on the ground to explore this lost corner of history.

The book covers a lot of historical information in the process of recounting the teams harrowing experience on the ground. The writing is fast paced and entertaining. A real life page turner. Enjoy.

Here are some pictures and the first two pages of the book. It was published this year by Hachette Book Group Inc. and is available everywhere.