Showing posts with label books - free downloads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books - free downloads. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Air Engines

Air  Engines (Stirling Engines) have been around a very long time. Robert Stirling built his famous engine way back in 1816. Since then many people have built many different variations on the initial idea.

Air engines require a heat source and a method of giving up the heat in the medium (cooling). No explosive gas mixtures are required such as in the IC engine. Because of this the concept has always had great appeal.

The low power outputs have always held back the idea of the air engine especially in the face of the tremendous power achieved with the oil guzzling IC engines. However in the last 50 years or so, there has been a resurgence of interest in this technology. The ability to run clean is a draw no doubt, in this carbon adverse age. As early as the turn of the 19th century, hot air engines were built that ran on the concentrated rays of the sun. And of course most model builders are familiar with the model that runs on the heat from a cup of coffee.

If you have always wanted to build one or are just interested in the tech., here is a great book written by T. Finkelstein and A.J. Organ in 2001. The subject is well covered from Stirling's development, through the 18 and 1900's, to the modern post-revival. If your interested this is good stuff.

To download "Air Engines" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 55 - 4 MB - pdf

So a little update on our delayed spring. I can't remember the last time we still had winter snow on the ground on May 2, it's been a while. Before I did the aggressive landscaping, about half of the lane way had land sitting higher than the surface of the lane way, on both sides. This resulted in the lane way remaining soft for a long time, during spring melt, (my old Cavalier sank to the axles one year). After terracing the north side of the lane way, I dug a drainage ditch between the terrace and the lane way, and cut away the south side of the lane way to a good slope. I haven't had a problem since. I was away for a while, but it looks like the lane way drains and dries as quickly as the snow melts.

A Saw Screams At Midnight

So here is a little comic relief for the diy enthusiast. "A Saw Screams At Midnight" was written in 1956 by G.A. Mills. It's a hilarious romp through the do it yourself craze that was probably at it's most popular during the 1950's. If your looking for plans and tips, you won't find them here (though I do like his novel wall plaques,ha ha), but you should check your comic relief button, if you don't find a smile or even some spontaneous laughter here.

The home craftsman is posed by a young Carl Reiner and to hold your attention, a couple of classic beauties from that era.

If you want to see more and download "A Saw Screams At Midnight" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 54 - 3 MB - djvu

You gotta love those expressions, lol.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Navy Foundry Manual

So its been a long time since I spent any time going over my collected word files. For a slow connection its amazing how many files I put together my first few winters here. I spent this morning converting half a dozen to pdf's so I could upload them.

The first is considered by many as the bible of small shop casting and founding. "US Navy Foundry Manual" was first published in 1944, this is the newest copy published in 1958. I originally found it on an  armed forces historical site it was in html, I imported it to word where its been for over ten years. Wouldn't you know it shortly after Lindsay Publications did a reprint with a colorful cover as opposed to the drab business like Nav cover.

The manual is top shelf, covers everything needed to cast good castings. Pattern making, casting design, molding, melting and pouring, metallurgy, good and bad practice and most other information you might need to pour successful castings.

Because my word doc was 344 pages I was afraid my file might be to large to upload but it is a very clean file and the pdf came in at a nice 7.4 MB. If you cast or like to read about it, you will like this file.

To download "US Navy Foundry Manual" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 52 - 7.4 MB - pdf

The picture of the cover is from my Lindsay copy, just to add color to the post.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Getting The Most Out Of Your Abrasive Tools

So from Delta Manufacturing Co. comes this small manual dealing with grinders, belt, and disc sanders. Delta published many "Getting The Most Out Of Your . . . ." manuals covering most shop machines. More than one edition of each manual was published, this one was from 1939.

I have Lindsay's reprint of this copy, but I had a small file on disc. The pictures have a pinkish tinge to them but otherwise its a good copy. Some good information, jigs and tips for operating this equipment here, regardless of brand.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page. #51 - 4 MB - pdf

Bandsaw Resawing

So 17 years ago when I built this place and moved in, an unavoidable disappointment was the slow dial up service out here, combined with my old computer system it made for some very slow browsing. So for the first 10 years or so I made up word files of most of the woodworking, metalworking, and diy sites I browsed. I accumulated thousands of files. It was great in hind site, since many of those sites no longer exist, except on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. And in a way I guess I have a Wayback Machine of my own, to bring back many of these articles.

So here is a file I thru together many years ago, I could have straightened the lay out better before converting it to pdf today, but the info is all there for the interested. The file named "Bandsaw Resawing" covers resawing methods and info from three sites and a couple more nice articles on setting blade tension and setting up the bandsaw. If you own a bandsaw you will find something of use here.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page. #50 - 2 MB - pdf

A Charcoal Kiln

So here is another reprint from Lindsay Publications, "A Charcoal Kiln Made Of Cinder-Concrete Blocks". The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station developed and published the design back in 1946. If you have the hardwood and the need for charcoal, barbecuing, forge and smithing hobby, or foundry hobby this design will provide lots of lump charcoal relatively cleanly ( a process that is normally quite dirty, I still remember the charcoal mounds still in use back In Portugal, when I was a child). It is large enough that if you have a market to sell into, it will provide a modest supply.

You get good building instructions along with very informed operating procedures and a set of drawings to guide your construction.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads to download. # 49 - 6 MB - pdf

Sunday, March 11, 2018

"Technical Drawing" by W. Abbott

"Technical Drawing" was first published in 1958 this edition from 1976. This volume is a good example of the use of these drawing texts for more than the drawing instruction since there are so many of them. There are lots of prospective and section drawings of different parts and assemblies and these are what I find attractive in the variety of texts on this subject. They provide ideas and inspiration when coming up with my own parts and assemblies, some even provide full plans for various interesting equipment, such as the air engine assembly in this post "Manual Of Engineering Drawing".

To download "Technical Drawing" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 48 - 4 MB - djvu

"Pipefitter's And Welders Pocket Manual"

This is the 2nd edition of Audel's "Pipefitter's And Welder's Pocket Manual". I just discovered I had it on disc and have found that much of the information contained in the previous "Pipe Fitters Manual" is also contained here. This is a nice small pdf file so I will upload this one,instead of scanning the previous file. At 335 pages this volume covers much more, including steam and hot water heating systems,refrigeration and air conditioning, sprinkler systems, and plastic piping, domestic and industrial.

It is widely available around the web, this one from the Internet Archive, is a very clean copy.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 47 - 3.5 MB - pdf

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Furniture For The Craftsman by Paul D. Otter

So its been a while since anything was uploaded for the woodworker, so here is an older book from the internet archive with some nice designs and ideas. Unlike many books from that time this book is written for the home diy craftsman, less technical and more hands on. It starts off with a discussion of  different furniture styles, then moves into the tools of the craft (for the clamp challenged there is an interesting glue-up press that is about as quick to operate as anything I have seen). This is followed up with interesting furniture ideas for every room in the house and many ideas for some very interesting outdoor furniture. It finishes of with information on finishing and upholstery. I am sure most woodworking hobbyists will find something interesting here.

To download "Furniture For The Craftsman" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 45 - 9 MB - djvu

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Art Of Woodworking And Furniture Making

So as mentioned in the last post I spent a lot of my spare time the last little while scanning this great little book. Good resolution sends my file sizes through the roof and so there's a balance that I have to reach. I am still playing with different settings to reach a point where the files have max. usefulness and still reasonable upload times.

The Art Of Woodworking And Furniture Making by A. Gregory was published in 1946. The emphasis of instruction is on sound construction, good workmanship and well-selected materials.Embellishments are limited to well-designed handles and moldings. Many of the 42 examples of fine furniture outlined, remind me of a few different styles (arts and crafts come to mind). A couple of the pieces bring to mind the joinery and designs of the master cabinetmaker James Krenov as does the instructive literature.

The book starts off with a discussion of the joinery used in well built furniture with clear illustrations of each. There is a good discussion of proportion, the emphasis being sizing for use, the user, and the materials being utilized. It then follows up with 42 fine examples of construction with pictures and drawings. the final chapters are discussions of plywood and laminated board, veneering and inlaying, and ends with wood finishing; handles and fittings.

All in all very good information for building quality furniture you will be proud of. I found this in a dark corner of a used book store many years ago. I have not found it on the web, if I missed it, I blame my slow connection,ha ha.

To download "The Art Of Woodworking and Furniture Making" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 44 - 14 MB - pdf

Sunday, December 31, 2017

"How To Make Woodwork Tools"

Happy New Year Everyone
May all your goals be fulfilled in 2018
And all your projects exceed your expectations.

So here's a nice small book for the woodworker who likes to work wood with hand tools of his own making. Charles Hayward wrote a number of books as a woodworking journalist back in the 40's and 50's. "How To Make Woodwork Tools" appears to be a collection of his articles in Woodworker magazine and published in book form by Evans Bros. Ltd. If you are familiar with Robert Wearing's great books on making your own tools, Charles Hayward's books may have been the precursor that provided inspiration.

To download "How To Make Woodwork Tools" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 43 - 5.4 MB - pdf

For the woodworker, check back here in the new year, I am currently working on a scan and clean-up of a excellent book on the art of woodworking and furniture making, that I found back in 93, in a great little used book store, in Belleville Ont. Published in 1946 the solid construction and appealing designs are timeless.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

American Machinist And Mechanic's Notebook Projects

Its been way to cold to go anywhere near the outdoors ha ha, -32*C, -42 with the wind chill last night. Nothing I could do except feed the wood stove, nurse a bottle of premium CC and ginger ale, and read a few good books. I also took the time today to play with my flat bed scanner and make a couple of pdf"s. I had a couple of short compilations of projects from American Machinist and some other old magazines that Lindsey Publications had put together back in the 80's and sold for 2 or 3 bucks each in his catalog.

Its a time consuming project to scan, import into word, resize and clean up, convert to pdf save a copy and then reduce the res. on a second copy so its small enough to upload in a reasonable amount of time. It's nice to see the finished product though. I have 1.5 GB of American Machinist magazines and twice that much in American and Canadian Machinery mags. These were all big in the first quarter of the last century, but if you like old iron these old mags are fascinating. I am hoping to make more compilations in the future.

As mentioned these two were compiled by Lindsey Publications. I have seen 1 or 2 of these projects circulated on the web, but most of it is fresh or hard to find material for the web. The first is a 15 page compilation of metalworking projects from American Machinist including some good molding information for casting.

To download "Projects From American Machinist" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 41 - 4 MB - pdf

The second compilation was put together from projects in a number of electrical and engineering magazines from 1916 to 1926. There are some nice projects here for the home shop tinkerer, some small chemical balance scales, a universal lathe attachment, a small carbon arc crucible furnace, a practical high frequency Tesla coil, that will fry you if your not careful. From the article "Constant caution will well repay, and is preferred to saying it with flowers". No beating around the bush there, ha ha. There is a small surface grinder, I have seen this on the web but never the whole article. You will also find a neat simple hand milling machine, and a 1 HP gasoline engine of simple construction.

To download "Mechanics Notebook 20" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 42 - 9 MB - pdf  

Even if you choose not to play with these ideas in the shop, they make for interesting reading.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Text Book Of Metal Turning

Atlas, Logan, South Bend and many others have all written very good books on how to run a lathe. They of course feature their lathes and often accompanied a purchase of their lathe, serving as operating manuals.  This does not tarnish there usefulness in general lathe operations. Methods, operations, and tooling are generally transferable across different brands. South Bends "How To Run A Lathe" is a good example of one that has become very popular for general use. I have half a dozen different editions on disk and a couple paper editions on my shelves. I will upload one when I do my South Bend rebuild.

Hercus Machinery an Australian company built a 9" South Bend precision bench lathe nock-off that sold quite well. It was so close, that looking at the two lathes it looks like some parts can even be interchanged. Not to be outdone, they to put out a lathe operation book called "Text Book Of Metal Turning". It is chock full of good information, covering all the basic operations done in the lathe from turning between centers to taper turning and thread cutting. There are handy chapters on useful information, practical examples, and tables.

I have just made up a 47 page pdf of a Hercus rebuild that I found on the site. Charlie does a great job of rebuilding a rebuild that went wrong in an article titled "YOU SPENT $2000 ON WHAT???" here's the link:

To download "Text Book Of Metal Turning" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 40 - 3 MB - pdf

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Engineers Illustrated Thesaurus

So from 1952 comes this great little book. With short explanations and corresponding illustrations, most aspects of the engineering field in 1952 are covered. Explanations are clear, practical, and uncomplicated. The illustrations are a nice compliment to help clarify the many engineering examples covered in this volume. Much is covered, from fasteners to prime movers to industrial processes.

Below is the title page and a great little introduction. The last paragraph is about as clear an explanation as I have ever seen about why perpetual motion machines are a non starter in this universe, (nothing in - nothing out). I know people, who should know better, who still believe they are possible. If a multi-verse is our reality, they must have reincarnated here from another universe where the laws of physics are different, lol.

To download "Engineers Illustrated Thesaurus" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 39 - 13.4 MB - pdf

So back to the football game. Enjoy.