Showing posts with label plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label plans. Show all posts

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1947

Woke up this morning a couple of big brown Herons on my lawn. I have had Canada Geese overnight on there fly south, but never seen Herons before (thought they were Storks at first). They kept there distance from the house and I couldn't get a decent picture, I really have to do something about that.

Just one file today, lots of good stuff in the 1947 issues and it is a larger file. There is a great article on ball bearings, a number of plans for small sheet metal brakes, a great two part article on power tool short cuts, a nice power filing machine, and a super plan for a 10" tilting arbor saw, which I am sure provided inspiration for many of the shop built saws being built today.

The criticism to these old plans is often that "they are old", but if you look around the web you will find that many of the plans out there are similar or updated versions of these plans, weather deliberate or totally coincidental the ideas all started in these old magazines.

Popular Mechanics stopped running the "Shop Notes" title in 1960 but continued to run similar articles, under different titles. I will continue to highlight these articles till 1975-76. I have files into the 2000's but after the 70's the concentration shifted more to colonial furniture projects and these are all available in there popular year books and DIY encyclopedias which can be found in any used book market.

Here is the link for 1947.


I am a little sore today, roofing exercises different muscles than you normally use. If I get any work done this afternoon I'll post some pictures this evening.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Home Training In Cabinet Work # 28, 29 And 30

In this set of articles a number of interesting plans for around the house. This completes the articles in this series. Stickley published a number of other article series in the Craftsman magazine, including some on sheet metal tinwork for around the house. I may upload more in the future if there is interest for them.

In # 28 there is plans for a stool, arm chair and table in a solid unique design. Here's the link.

In # 29 find plans for a wall cabinet, folding card table and a blast from the long past a phonograph and record stand. Here's the link.

And in the last of the series are plans for a nice table/desk, a screen and a bookcase/cupboard. Here's the link.


If anyone is interested in Stickley designs and "The Craftsman" magazine and would like to see more plan type articles, message me and I will try to put together a few more files to upload in the future.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes 1930-31-32

You may be able to tell by now that I love the old PM shop notes. As mentioned in another post I have the Algrove Publishings reprint of the 1905-1930 shopnotes volumes, 1930 is actually 1929 content. I also have half a dozen originals from the 30's and 40's but they are rare and pricey. For those interested in some of the pre-1930 volumes WK Fine Tools.Com has a dozen of them for free download at the following link:

A decade ago Google had access to every pre 2000 Popular Mechanics magazine published back to 1905. I made up a pdf  volume of shop notes for every year from 1930 to the 70's. Each volume is between 150 and 200 pages and 30 to 40 megs each, to large for my slow connection to upload. So what I have done as seen in my 1950 upload is make a small pdf of 30-40 pages of the best info., ideas and plans for each year to upload, 1950 was exceptional, I had to make three for that year. So I will start with 1930 and work my way up into the 70's. 

To get started I will upload 1930-31 and 32. Here's the link for 1930:

To download 1931 Shop Notes this link:

And the 1932 volume can be accessed at this link:

If you like this stuff like I do for its practical and/or entertainment value, enjoy.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Home Training In Cabinet Work No. 2

The second article of "Home Training In Cabinet Work" covers a number of tables, from a small plant stand to a large drop leaf table. All are designed in the distinct Stickley style with high quality joinery, a full bill of materials and measured drawings.


For the details and 5 more designs please click the link below for the 13 page PDF download.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

1950-1 PM Shop Notes

As mentioned earlier I will try do an occasional upload of older PM Shop Notes plans and ideas. I have found browsing around the web that many of the plans and ideas around the web, passed of as "new", are really updated or modified versions of many of the ideas in the shop notes of old popular mechanics and popular science magazines. There are others ("Model Engineering" comes to mind) but these were the most prolific, for this type of information. Long before the recycle and reuse movement of today, these old plans and ideas often put alot of emphasis on the reuse and re-purposing of salvaged and worn out items to keep the costs of pursuing these interests low.

Today I put together a pdf of the first couple dozen pages of my 1950 PM Shop Notes compilation. There are some very interesting plans and info here for the workshop enthusiast.


The first is a great jig plan for a shaper sled. The second is a very complete article on vapor zone grinding including plans. For the wood machine purist the third is a massive 24" disk and oscillating spindle sander, completely made from plywood. For the metalworker with a vertical metal cutting bandsaw, there is a very good article on cutting complicated shapes that rival castings.You will also find a few other good ideas for around the shop.

To download the 18 page pdf click the link below.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Home Training In Cabinet Work No. 1

Gustav Stickley was a very popular furniture builder in the early part of the last century and advocate of the Craftsman ("Arts and Crafts" style) movement of the time. From 1901 to 1916 he was the owner and editor of " The Craftsman" a very popular magazine of the time, Not only the Stickley style of furniture but also craftsmen home designs, sculpture, architecture and culture were covered, in the US and also in many countries around the world.

The magazines are all available for download in large volumes on the Internet Archive site. Buried in those volumes is a set of 30 articles he authored titled "Home Training In Cabinet Work". He does not offer much in the line of instruction but the pages offer many designs of basic Stickley furniture, his view point being that you learn best by getting your hands in there and doing it. He includes a good sprinkling of more advanced designs like a Morris chair and many rustic outdoor furniture plans.


The first article is longer at 17 pages as he introduces the series of articles and makes some interesting comments on craftsmanship. I will try to upload all 30 articles, 1 every Wednesday, in pdf format.
To download the first article click the link below.


Friday, April 21, 2017

A Few Vintage PM Workshop Jigs

Well got woke up early this morning when the power went out briefly, looked outside 1" of fresh snow blowing around. Rather than go back to bed ended up spending the morning browsing through some of my shop files. I have a complete collection of Popular Mechanics magazines in paper and on disk, not so crazy about the post 2000 issues but I love the old stuff. I also have all the pre 1930 "Shop Notes" and some "What to Make" volumes. I have also compiled pdf's of all the "Shop Notes" in the issues from 1930 to the 1970's, some really interesting vintage plans and ideas in those files. I decided to scan a few pages readers here might find interesting.


The scan quality is not great but clear enough for most tinkerers to get the idea.








I will try to occasionally upload more of these great vintage jigs, plans and ideas.