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

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.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cloudburst 2

As promised here is the second volume of Cloudburst. Here you will find more of the same, wall to wall projects and information for living the self sufficient rural lifestyle. If the media is any indication many of these ideas are being adopted by the urban lifestyle as well. Growing and preserving your own fruit and vegetables in places like community gardens, rooftop bee hives, generating your own power with PV's, etc.

As mentioned before many of these ideas are improvements on previous ideas. Progress never sleeps, if nothing else these ideas can act as incentive  to advance these plans to utilize the more advanced tech available today, PV's for example.

To download Cloudburst 2 go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 38 - 10 MB - pdf

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cloudburst 1

This week from my "Self Sufficient Living" folder comes two little gems. They were written in the early seventies with the "back to the land" movement in mind. There are two volumes Cloudburst 1 and Cloudburst 2. I will post the second volume tomorrow.

Cloudburst 1 starts off with plans for a 16' dome. If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative design, this is a nice plan in a doable size.

If you have a stream on your property with some drop in elevation or the potential for a small dam, there are many plans for producing your own small scale power, with low tech home built equipment.

As I have mentioned before "their's nothing new under the sun" it's all just an updated version of early Popular Mechanics shop notes articles, ha ha ha. Its easy to see that many of the plans and articles in these volumes got their start in the pages of Popular Mechanics.

Check out the contents page below, I think most people will find something of interest there, even today.

To download Cloudburst 1 go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 37 - 9 MB - pdf

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mechanical Engineering Craft Studies Part 1 and 2

For the metal working enthusiast here are a couple of volumes that together constitute an excellent course in machine shop work and general metalworking. The emphasis is on machine shop work but also covers to a lessor degree, shop drawing, machine building, casting, forging, sheet metal, welding, machine hydraulics and most other aspects of metalworking. There is also some math, to the degree that would be expected of most machinists, without getting to deep into the theory.

You can treat it as a source of good practical information or use it as a instructive course in the discipline, with questions to test your knowledge at the end of each subject, and answers at the back of the books.

First published in 1971, before computerization, but still very pertinent for most home shop level work.

To download "Mechanical Engineering Craft Studies Part 1 and 2" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. Both are djvu files, 5 MB each, #'s 35 and 36.

Monday, November 13, 2017

How To Run A Metal Working Shaper

"How To Run A Metal Working Shaper" by South Bend Lathe Works is a classic that has been around a long time. It is available for download on many sites around the web. I got this original copy from Lindsey Publications many years ago. I scanned it into my word program to center and enlarge and converted it to pdf. It is a larger file but I will be able to print it of in large format for a bound copy for the shop.

Shapers as they say, "are machines of the past", other machines such as modern mills can do most of the jobs a shaper can. Large industrial models are still common in the used and scrap market but small home shop sized machines are rare and expensive, when you do find them. There are operations that a shaper can do in the home shop that would require equipment beyond the price of most home hobbyists, set-ups are quick and require no special tooling. I would love to have a small home shaper. The few that I have seen, have parts missing and are priced much higher than my modest shop budget would allow. I haven't given up though, one day when I can justify the time, I want to build a version of D. Gingery's shaper.

To download "How To Run A Metal Working Shaper" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 31 - 14 MB - pdf

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Gas Engine - Sheet Metal Folding Machine

So this years firewood is going great, should finish today if I put in a full days work. For those looking for a plan or a little light reading this weekend, here are a couple of small manuals that might be of interest.

"The Gasoline Engine" by B.P. Warwick

For the engine enthusiast this old manual (1898) has some nice documentation of the early gasoline engine. Warwick, himself the inventor of a small early type, covers the different types of engines available at the time with lots of information on their construction. This would be of interest to the modeler building those early engines or anyone interested in the development of the early gasoline engine.

The download is available on my Books - Free Downloads page. # 26 - 11 MB - pdf

"How To Make A Folding Machine For Sheet Metal" By Rob Hitchings

This little manual has been around the web ever since uploaded most of the ITDG (Intermediate Technology Development Group) workshop manuals many years ago. There are 10 that I am aware of and I have a handful in paper and another handful in digital download. This one gives good instruction on the construction of a nice sheet metal folding machine. Welding equipment is necessary.

Other manuals include a pipe bending machine, metal cutting shears, treadle powered wood lathe. foot operated drill press, hand operated hole punch, slip roll machine and others.

Download "How To Make A Folding Machine For Sheet Metal" on my Books - Free Downloads page. # 27 - 2 MB - pdf

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Handyman's Workshop And Laboratory"

The forecast looks better for tomorrow, so put the shingling off for another day, still puttering away with the house and garage joints and boxing in the end gable. Made a quick trip into town for some flashing this morning, on the way home came on a transport pulled over with lights flashing. Slowed down as I approached, there was a huge black bear dead on the shoulder of the road just behind the truck. They usually just keep on trucking, must have caused some damage to the truck. Where's your camera when you need it. lol.

So here is a book that some may find better old time fireside reading than useful. I would disagree there are lots of good ideas here with some imaginative updating. "Handyman's Workshop And Laboratory" was compiled from "Scientific American" magazine and published by Munn and Co. Inc. It is a large volume at 504 pages and covers a large variety of workshop activities woodwork, metalwork, electrical, laboratory chemistry, model making and others.

This information is from another time so much care must be taken with some of the chemistry stuff, modern methods may have deemed old methods unsafe.

There are plans for a great little shed workshop, a very interesting pedal powered multi-machine and even a model of a powered Wright Bros. biplane. Lots of interesting old stuff here.

Download "Handyman's Workshop And Laboratory" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Books - Woodworking - Metalworking

Still with the basics, here are two more great little books for novices starting out with woodworking and metalworking hobbies.

The first one is "Wood-Working For Amateur Craftsman" it was published by Popular Mechanics press and is one of the clearest explanations of the basics of good woodworking practice that I have come across. Proper use of the handsaw, planes, squaring procedures, labeling, and marking out the work are all clearly covered, with lots of good illustrations. You are then led through the building of 6 simple to more complex projects. The emphasis in the building is on the proper procedures of working the wood with basic hand tools, more so, than the projects themselves. No power tools here but I think it is still a good thing to learn how to work wood with hand tools, before advancing to power tools. And of course some of the best craftsman out there avoid power tools like the plague. Very good basic knowledge.

The second book "First Lessons In Metalwork" is not as exciting as some I have seen but it is a nice clean older copy with good basic information. A good part of the book deals with smithing work and covers the working and composition of different metals, cast iron, wrought iron, and steel. there is a chapter on heat treatment and touches on drilling, sawing, filing, and soldering. It,s older but the smithing information is timeless.

Both books can be downloaded on the Books - Free Downloads page.