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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Classic Blanket Chest

Here is a furniture project that would look as classy at the foot of an adults bed as it would in a child's room. The cedar lining makes it perfect for the storage of blankets and fresh linens. For the child's room you can pass on the cedar lining and it becomes a huge toy storage chest and surface for sitting and playing on.

Designed and built by Thomas Stender a professional, classical furniture, cabinetmaker, it is a close reproduction of the classic style. It is not a difficult piece to make, the dovetail joinery brings it up to the middle range, but a person will never learn the technique if you don't try and practice it. For an easier and quicker construction you can use other joinery methods, such as finger joints, or biscuit joinery, but you would lose that classic look.

A benefit of these Popular Science plans are the included tips and woodworking information not normally included with plans. You not only get the plan, you get the information that will cumulatively make you a better craftsman.








Automatic Doodle Maker

In the days of computers, i-pads, and cell phones, I don't know how popular a doodle maker will be, but they were a very popular pass time, back in the 80's (remember the Spirograph). Toy makers put out many plastic geared versions back then, that often turned up under the xmas tree. This wood version is fully automatic, give the drawing table a push and see what you get. The construction looks difficult but it is not, I would class this as another easy project.

Designed by Nick Engler and built by Adam Blake it was in the 1988 Popular Science Projects Yearbook.







Doll Cradle

So as mentioned earlier w'ill try to keep Sundays for woodworking projects. Broke away from what started to be a tight football game between the Patriots and the Bears this afternoon. Old man Brady (ha, ha) is still "the man" and is starting to walk away with it.

So, projects, I have uploaded many projects from the Popular Science yearbooks before and their are many more that I think will find interest. I don't think I posted some of the covers before, which will help in identifying them in the used market, so here are the covers for the 1987 and 1988 yearbooks. If projects are your interest, snap them up, cover to cover projects. Enough for many more Sundays of projects.



So Christmas is coming fast (too fast), so over the next month or so I'll try to include more toys and children's furniture in these plans. The first one today is a dolls cradle, I don't know if young girls today, still play with dolls, but I know my daughter would have loved one of these for her dolls, back then. Construction is on the easy end, but you will get to practice a wide variety of skills, such as scroll work, small turning, and joinery.






Saturday, May 19, 2018

Plans By J. V. Romig

During the early 1920's Joe V. Romig was one of the most prolific authors of plans and articles for the home diy'er, His plans and articles were published in both Popular Mechanics and Popular Science.

This 69 page file covers the majority of his work. I left some of it out, like a 8" jointer, the 2 knife square head is considered unsafe today, and a table saw, with limited adjustment (Joe was not a woodworker). I also left out some industrial sized cranes and farm equipment that were to far off topic here.

A few of his plans incorporate concrete for mass, a method developed during the first world war to get around material shortages. Since then their has been a bit of a revival with a few sites using this method to build mass in machine tools and avoid cast iron.

So I hope some will enjoy this collection of plans. Many of them are still very practical for the small hobby shop.

To download this file click Plans By J. V. Romig 15 MB - pdf





Friday, January 26, 2018

1946 Popular Science Annual PDF

So here is a 30 page pdf of the two previous posts of the 1946 Popular Science annual, in addition there is a further 10 pages of projects to complete this years highlights. For those interested in some of these projects the pdf makes it convenient and keeps everything together.

To download the pdf click 1946 Popular Science Annual Highlights. 9 MB - pdf



Here,s a chuckle from the Metalworking Dropbox.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1946 Popular Science Annual Part 2

So here are 3 more projects from the 1946 PS annual for the hobby machinist. These are more advanced projects, but must tooling for threading and small turning and milling work in the lathe. the solid sanding table and faceplate make for fast  finishing of flat surfaces.

First is a nice threading dial indicator.





The second project is a very useful draw-in chuck and spring collet set.







A nice plan for a heavy sanding disk and table, including pattern instructions. Iron would be nice but cast in heavy section aluminum would also be great.





Sunday, January 21, 2018

1946 Popular Science Annual

So only two more Football Sundays left this season figured I better get these up tonight.I have 21 Popular Science Yearbooks with lots of very nice furniture plans, but I could only find two of the old annuals. Here are some nice short projects for the metal lathe hobbyist, from the 1946 annual. There are a few more for a later posting.









Good info for the metal shop hobbyist who likes to make his own accessories, hope someone finds this useful.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1951 Popular Science Annual Part 4

So I found another 9 pages of short projects for the hobby machinist and shop tinkerer in the 1951 PS annual. There is a belt idler for tightening drive belts, a geared speed reduction for your drill press, as low as 215 rpm, a chisel holder to save your knuckles, a faceplate for milling in the lathe,making hollow punches, making toy wheels, and a rotary planer for planing small work in your drill press with instructions.

So this does it for this annual. There seems to be some interest so I assembled the previous uploads and these just listed, into one 35 page pdf for convenience.

Click 1951 Popular Science Annual Highlights to download the pdf  9 MB.





Saturday, January 13, 2018

1951 Popular Science Annual Part 3

So here is another posting of old Popular Science projects. Before we go there, here is a small primer on hot air engines (Stirling Engines to some). Engines like the Rider engine pictured in cross-section below were popular near the end of the 19th century. They were safe and easy to run, but proved to be very inefficient, being quite large for small power output. With the advent of gas and diesel power they quickly moved to the back shelf becoming a project for hobbyists to reproduce and try to improve upon.

As illustrated in the second image, improvements have come a long way, smaller size and better cooling and regenerating of the gas in a closed system, achieve greater efficiency. The most advanced units are being used for special applications, like NASA's space program. I have pictures of them somewhere.



 So I went there because the first project is a light hot air engine that will do a steady 400 rpm by simply burning a few scraps of wood from the shop. It is made from mostly light tin containers and other metal scraps from around the shop. As the article says tin snips and a soldering iron are your main tools. This is a nice project for the hobbyist and beginning model maker.




For more advanced projects Dave Gingery built and wrote a few books on different engine types. Heres a picture of his Stirling Cycle Engine manual.


The next project is a nice hand grinder (like the Dremel) one-tool shop. This is ideal for the hobbyist with a small shop or an apartment dweller with a small closet or spare room shop who builds models or other small projects. It will perform many operations without the noise, flying dust and expense.



Every drill press should come with the next project pre-installed. A foot feed for a drill press is very handy for many operations, freeing up both hands for the work being done. Mortising on the drill press comes to mind.



Cheers All