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

Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Mechanical Engineering For Beginners"

So its Sunday and the NFL football season is back, so my Sunday afternoons are spoken for, I used to be big on sports, but in my older years the blood pumping excitement of a good football game, seems to be the only one that still holds my attention on the tube.

So for fans of early 20th century technology, like me, here is good little text from the Internet Archive that some will find very interesting and readable. It covers the technology of the time without getting overly technical, covering the concepts in a clear and understandable manner. A large section is devoted to steam boilers and steam engines, early development of more advanced water tube boilers and corliss steam engines are covered, as are steam turbines, hydraulic equipment, producer gas, and gas and oil engines.

"Mechanical Engineering For Beginners" by R. S. McLaren in 1908 can be downloaded on my Books - Free Downloads page. # 61 - 13 MB - pdf.






"Build A Coil Winding Machine"

Build A Coil Winding Machine By David Gingery has been widely distributed around the web, if you don't have a copy yet, here is your chance to get the cleanest copy I have found yet. This is a great little plan for the electrical enthusiast who likes to wind his own coils. The back cover says it best.


If  you have been here before, you know I am a fan of D. Gingery's many books on DIY projects. I don't venture into electronics beyond what I need to get by, but for the electronics hobbyist this may still be a desirable and satisfying project.

To download "Build A Coil Winding Machine" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 60 - 9 MB - pdf.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

"Metal Spinning"

So I got into the shop for an hr. this morning and the look of the way the engine cable was hanging was starting to bother me, so I welded a short, side extension to the cable support piping.

There we go, thats better.


So as promised here is a copy of "Metal Spinning". This is a reprint by Lindsey Publications, the original was published in 1936 and was written as an instruction manual for the novice. You will find info on what is required to set up your lathe for spinning and the tools required. The last chapter is a collection of projects for the novice to try out. Nice little manual on a hobby that you seldom see anymore. My Rockwell/Delta lathe is certainly heavy enough, I'll have to try it sometime.

To download "Metal Spinning" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 59 - 11 MB - pdf. 




Sunday, August 26, 2018

"Getting The Most Out Of Your Lathe"

So last week I completed the upload of  "Wood Turning Visualized". Here is a popular little book that focuses more on the machine, in addition to wood turning you will also find instruction for metal turning, and metal spinning on the lathe. "Getting The Most Out Of Your Lathe" is another Delta publication, in keeping with the rest of Delta's "Getting The Most Out Of Your ..." series.

This is a short book, but like the rest of the books in this series , it is packed with information. Metal spinning is one of those activities that has been called a "lost art". Modern methods have largely made metal spinning obsolete, but it is still used to produce one of's and specialty work. For the home hobbyist, this is an interesting use of the lathe, that will let you produce shapes that are normally produced on large expensive press equipment. 

Lindsey published an interesting little book on metal spinning that I will scan and upload next week.

So to download "Getting The Most Out Of Your Lathe" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 58 - 14 MB - pdf.





Front Dogs And "Shipyard Outside Machinist"

So I got out to the shop for a few hrs. yesterday afternoon and completed the 4 front dogs. I will probably make more, in different lengths and configurations, in the future, but these four should get me started.


So to beef up this short post, here is a book that may attract limited interest to the subject matter, but the shipbuilding enthusiast, and heavy work machinist, will find much information here to hold his interest. This was published by the Department Of Public Instruction, Harrisburg, in 1942. This was in the middle of WWII, ships were being sunk as fast as they could build them, so this was meant to instruct many of the new metalworkers, required to build these ships.

At 315 pages it is not short, much of the info, has wide application beyond shipbuilding work, correct use of tools and measuring equipment has universal interests.

To download "Shipyard Outside Machinist" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 57 - 16 MB - pdf.






Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wood Turning Visualized Part 3

So a little late getting part 3 uploaded, spent the morning scanning, cleaning up, and assembling the pdf. Got it uploaded, but for some reason it didn't take, arrrrgggg, ha, ha. Had to upload it again.

This is the last part of this great little book. This part presents a large collection of turned shapes, face plate turned vessels, and various projects. Stools are great for practicing your turning skills, there are a few presented here.

I'll try to start on a new upload next week. Not sure on the subject matter yet.

To download Part 3 of Wood Turning Visualized go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 56 - Part 3 - 5 MB - pdf





Sunday, August 12, 2018

Wood Turning Visualized Part 2

So here is part 2 of "Wood Turning Visualized"  that I promised last week. As mentioned before, if you are new to wood turning or thinking of getting started in this satisfying hobby, this book is the practical, hands on, instructor you need.

The 48 pages in part 2 starts of with safety precautions while using the lathe, takes you through the basics of spindle and faceplate turning,  shows you some jigs and aids to make your turning more productive, and takes you into some practice turnings and projects. Enjoy.

To download "Wood Turning Visualized" Part 2 go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 56 - Part 2 - 8 MB - pdf.




Look for Part 3 next weekend.

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