Showing posts with label hand tools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hand tools. Show all posts

Friday, November 16, 2018

"A Book Of Country Things" Part 2

So light snow all day today. Boy those Canada Geese that spent a couple of days on my property, on their early flight south, are smarter than we give them credit for. They were three weeks early and winter is at least three weeks early this year. We skipped fall all together, lol.

So it looks like a few people enjoyed the short trip to a simpler time that I posted yesterday. I will post one more chapter of this great little book. Reading Walter Needham's recounting of his relationship with his Grandpa you can't help but feel the warm an respectful relationship they had with each other.

In chapter 7 we visit Grandpa's workshop. His shop was overflowing with tools, and not a single power tool to be found, ha, ha. He had a tool for everything, and they were all hand made by him. The blades and other steel parts came from the local blacksmith. There isn't much we do now with power tools that he couldn't do then, just slower and more labor intensive.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Hand Planes

As I have mentioned many times, over the years I have amassed a large amount of resource references on a wide variety of hobby and workshop activities, which never cease to interest me. My collection of magazine paper issues number in the thousands, on the subjects of woodworking, metalworking, and engineering as illustrated in the previous few posts.

Over the last few decades my collection of digitized, online sourced magazine material, has outpaced my paper collection. My magazines file has grown to over 150 GB. Below is a scan of the magazine titles in my "Woodworking Magazines" folder.

Close to a dozen of these collections are complete, from #1 to relatively recent or until they ceased to publish. Many of the other collections are complete when you include my collection of paper copies. I thought it might be interesting to post a few select articles from some of the premier issues of these magazines.

America has produced a huge number of hobby DIY type magazines in the past century and a half, a few have survived to this day, Popular Science and Popular Mechanics come to mind. Tool manufacturers have everything to do with many of those successes, as this was the ideal media to advertise their wares. Delta, established in 1919, published many popular diy and project materials to help promote their tools and machines and was an incentive for magazine publishers to cover similar subject matter. Much of this interest reached a peak in the late fifties, the economy was thriving and people had money, and homes with workshops, to follow their hobby interests.

In 1975 Fine Woodworking published their first copy, they have been going strong ever since, even surviving the switch to online information sourcing. There success seems to have influenced a boost in the publishing industry, and many new woodwork, and other hobby interest magazines, came into publication throughout the eighties. Some have survived, some have not.

So here is a nice article on hand planes from Fine Woodworking's premier issue # 1 - 1975.

So later today and over the next week I will post a few more select articles from some premier issues of woodworking magazines.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Newnes Complete Practical Woodworking Part 2

So continuing with the "Newnes Complete Practical Woodworking" I have selected a few more articles that some may find interesting. First is an article on some simple but useful tools you can make for your shop. To start off here is the cover and the contents page, in case someone decides to look for it in the used market, where I found my copy.

Lots of good stuff for the small shop DIY'er . The tool boxes, as in a similar previous post, are ideal for the home DIY'er who does the occasional job around the house or yard, and keeps a small set of tools handy and in good shape. The tool hold-all is very convenient for small tools and fasteners, can be stored on a shelf and is easily moved to the job to save you many trips looking for different types and sizes of nails, screws etc.

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.