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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Atmospheric Forge & Heat Treat Oven

So I spent yesterday morning running errands and settling in for winter. I was almost home when the blizzard started, It blew hard all night and is supposed to continue all day today. Nothing else to do but cook up some tasty treats (winter's coming on, like the bears, a little insulation will help, lol) , fire up the wood stove, and settle in in front of the computer, for the week end. Life is good ha, ha.


Near the top of my build list is a forge, soon I hope. I have lots of plans for forges, and some ideas of my own. One plan that I have always found attractive was published by David J. Gingery Publishing back in the 90's. It was built and the manual written up by William T. Goodman and Robert W. Holmee. It has a very nice appearance but I would make some changes to the shape and refractory of the firing chamber. The refractory in the plan is a little thin in my opinion and there are more efficient materials that can be used today.

It took me a while to find this book, I think I eventually found it on a torrent site. The scan is not great (I cleaned up the two pages below), but it is complete. So if you would like a proven plan for a nice and very convenient forge or just want some good ideas for building one, this should do it.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 65 - 4 MB - pdf




Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How To Make A Hand-Operated Holepunch

So as mentioned before I will be uploading a few more "Workshop Equipment" series titles, published by Intermediate Technology Publications.

Today you can download "# 7 How To Make A Hand-Operated Holepunch". As I mentioned before I have taken a bit of time to assemble this file, and you will not find a cleaner version of this title on the internet.

I would consider this project one of the more advanced in the 10 volume series. If you have not done a lot of metalworking before, it is important to go slow and verify your work continually before welding up your assemblies. The finished hole punch will be a great time saver for anyone who requires a lot of holes in sheet metal. It will punch holes up to 25mm or 31/32" in 16 guage  material.

Probably the hardest part of the project will be, making up accurate punch dies. Above 9/32 to 31/32, lacking a suitable supplier, you will have to make your own. Instructions are in the manual.

For holes 9/32 or smaller a cheap alternative is to adapt the punch dies from a hand hole punch, done easily enough.This inexpensive set cost only $34, 10 years ago. It works, but it is a slow process. Installing the dies in your new holepunch would greatly speed things up.


So If you would like to download this nice plan manual, go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 64 - 4.4 MB - pdf.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

How To Make A Pipe-Bending Machine

So I have mentioned "The Workshop Equipment Series" before, published by Intermediate Technology Publications. There are 10 manuals in the series covering a variety of workshop equipment, mostly metalworking. I have three paper titles and over the years have found 8 of the 10 titles on line. I am still missing # 8 and # 9. The problem with the downloaded titles is the poor quality of the scans, missing pages, and poor page alignments.

So I decided to do my own scan of one of my paper copies, "# 5 How To Make A Pipe-Bending Machine". I can safely say that this is the best quality scan, of one of these titles, that you will find on the internet.

The plans in this series were all well developed, materials are common steel sections, and similar materials. One requirement of most of these projects is a basic ability to do welding in your shop.

So if you would like to download this plan, to build a piece of essential shop equipment, go to my
Books - Free Downloads page. # 63 - 3 MB - pdf




Saturday, October 20, 2018

Jig And Fixture Design by The Institution Of Production Engineers

Here is an interesting little book on jig and fixture design. It was produced by the Institution Of Production Engineers in the UK in 1973. It is full of good information on accurate drilling and machining for repeatable production. The introduction says it best.





It's not a large book at 66 pages, but there is no shortage of examples, well illustrated and explained.

To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 62 - 5 MB - pdf


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