Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Early PM Shop Notes Projects

So here is the third file I made up from those early (1905 - 1930) PM Shop Notes volumes. This file is not as large (41 pages) as the other two. Pickings were slim after pulling all the Romig plans for the other file. Never the less, some of these are more interesting than practical today, but thats an opinion,some may find many of them worth challenging, like the tool box below.

To complete this little collection, click Early PM Shop Notes Projects  to download. 11 MB - pdf

So as mentioned before their is enough content on this site now, that someone looking for projects to build, should have no trouble finding something of interest here.

There is a lot of work I need to do around the place and get my hands dirty on, and I want to fit in a few good road trips this summer, so I will be posting a lot less.

First on the list is dismantling my old Cavalier. It runs fine but the suspension and body have seen better days. I could repair and resell, but used Cavaliers, 15 years old, aren't worth much. I offered it to family for "FREE" but nobody bit. Ha ha. I guess I can use some parts for my sawmill build. The motor still runs great, not sure what I will use that for yet. Hows a 142 HP lawnmower sound? lol, lol not really.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Traditional American Cupboard

Here is a nice plan for another cupboard. This one is an updated design of another traditional piece of furniture that remains popular. The plan follows traditional cupboard lines and features top scroll work and raised panels. The hardware selected is distinctive but not overpowering (Lee Valley in Canada will help you out here, with a nice selection of hardware). The mahogany used in the construction, makes it a stand out piece. The cupboard is designed for relatively basic construction using standard power tools.

This nice plan was first published in "Mechanix Illustrated". This copy from a reprint in "Popular Science Do It Yourself Yearbook 1984"

So I will be absent for a while. Check back in May for more hobby workshop plans, projects, books and information articles and maybe even the occasional smile.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Welded Sheet Metal Bending Brake

So to compliment the small light brake I uploaded earlier here is a welded brake that will handle 20 gauge sheet metal up to 36" wide, thicker gauges in shorter widths. It is less complicated than many I have seen without giving up usefulness. An inexpensive stick welder and a method of cutting your stock to size, a drill and grinder are the main tools you will require. Even an inexpensive import in this size goes for $400 +.

This plan came from The Lincoln Foundations book "Arc Welded Projects Volume III" there are more good plans in this volume, heres the cover and brake plan.

Pine Hutch/Cupboard

So for the woodworker here is a nice hutch/cupboard in a well balanced mix of styles. At 4' X 6' it is larger than it looks, a consequence of the clean lines and nicely proportioned design.The material is glued up pine, making it within the reach of most skill levels, but this is a project all skill levels would be proud off.

The project was originally published in "The Woodworker's Journal", this reprint came from the 1989 "Popular Science Do It Yourself Supplement"

As usual these plans are user friendly so click to expand for best view.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plans From My Picture Files

While browsing my picture files I also pulled a few short 1 and 2 page plans gathered from various sources around the web that some may find interesting.

The first is a quick and easy sheet metal brake. Adjustable for a accurate bending line it will handle light sheet metal up to 18" wide. Heavier or strutted bending leaf and clamp bar will allow for thicker gauges.

Next is a nice little knurling tool, ideal for the mini lathe.

If you can get a hold of a hunk of 4" plate steel (salvage yard), you can grind out this nicely sized anvil. At almost 3 times the weight of an RR anvil it's nothing to sneeze at.

For the woodworker comes this nice large and heavy traditional workbench. The Moxon on the front, a traditional end vise and the tool tray make this a great workbench for the woodworker who likes to work with hand tools.

This 2 piece machine vise is a must for the milling and grinding tables.

I came across this on a shop made tools thread on a forum that escapes me now. I like it, the casters are too light for heavy work but for curves and hoops in light flat bar and other material, this is another quick and easy solution.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mother's Drum Sander And Sharpening Set-Up

So it seems I am correcting poor quality posts this weekend. Browsing one of my book shelves this evening, I came across a couple of gems from back in the 80's. Back then the editors of Mother Earth News magazine published a couple of great books, "The Home Hardware Handbook" and "The Rural Living Handbook". I was disappointed with the image quality of Mother's drum sander in this post  Thickness Sanders, so it was a nice surprise when I came across the article in "The Home Hardware Handbook".

Considering this plan came out before shop built equipment plans became so popular, this plan is well thought out. The hand crank feed rolls, keep you out of the firing line. Careful measuring and drilling of the table height adjustment links, will produce a accurate and easily adjusted drum sander.

Click image to expand, click again for best view.

So from the same volume comes this nice three stone sharpening set-up for your chisels, knives, and many other edged tools. 

Amateur Work - Projects 2

So back to Amateur Work Magazine here is the second compilation of projects from vol. 4,5, and 6. This compilation has 18 articles over 41 pages. Your complaint (and mine ) is that there is not enough illustrated detail with these projects, I agree. The instructions are relatively complete but a few good illustrations speak a thousand words. Back then illustrations, some, very high quality woodcuts, commanded a premium and were less common, especially in a low cost monthly. There is a wide variety of projects for the shop and model maker here. I am sure the shaper plan was good inspiration to builders like D. Gingery when he designed his shaper.

So to download this compilation click Amateur Work - Projects 2. 10 MB - pdf

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Amateur Work - Projects 1

Amateur Work magazine was published early in the last century. It was published with the home hobbyist in mind and covered a wide variety of topics from electricity to mechanical engineering, woodwork and even boat building.

I found 5 volumes on the Internet Archive, vol. 1 to 6, # 2 is missing. There are 3 or 4 compilations that I want to make from them. I completed the first today, a compilation of the best projects in the first 2 volumes. I will make another with the other 3 volumes and there is a very nice series on pattern making and molding that I want to make a file with.

Took a little work but it cleaned up nice, click Amateur Work - Projects 1 to download. 9 MB - pdf

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2X4 Chainsaw Mill And 12" Cupola

So from my project binders comes 2 more plans. The first is a easy 2 x 4 chainsaw lumber mill by Will Malloff. The plan is a compressed version of the plan in his book (see review above) "Chainsaw Lumbermaking" and comes out of Fine woodworking magazine. Both are published by The Taunton Press, the editor included the article in what is basically a book review. Here's the article, there are more details and pictures in the book.

Click on the pages to expand.

 The second plan is from Mechanics Notebook # 12 reprinted by Lindsey Publications. As mentioned in a previous post this is another cupola plan. This one averages out to 12" bore below the stack outlet. This one is unique in that the working section can be rolled out from under the stack section for cleaning, repairs and even charging for a short run. It has a drop bottom making cleaning even easier. For the small user you can skip the charging door and charge with the working section pulled out and melt up to 400 + lbs of iron per charge. For a small outfit in the casting business you can use the charging door and melt 1500 lbs/hr. on a continuous basis. Truly a nice well thought out design. His suggestion that larger cupolas have there bore reduced by adding temporary refractory, in order to reduce there capacities, in times of economic downturns, is exactly what was done during the thirties depression and subsequent downturns.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vertical Vise And a Cupola From My Project Binders

Please note I am no longer using light box for image display I found images would not open to original size and resolution was poor for page images. Since I have been posting lots of page images lately for short plans and articles, my apologies. Now when you click on an image it will open in a full size page. If that is not original size, click image to expand to original size. I think you will find this much better reading and viewing.

Here are a couple of interesting plans from my project binders. When I am browsing the web and I come across a plan I like, I usually print it off rather than risk not finding it again and I like paper copies. This works ok but it starts to take up space after a while. Here's over 6000 pages in binders.

I also have a love for good patents with details, to that end here's my collection of workshop and yard tools and machine patents, 10,000 + pages. If there's any interest I'll upload more from these two sources in the future.

So first from my blacksmithing binder comes this great vertical vise By Brian Gilbert, editor of "The Hammer's Blow" newsletter. I liked this the minute I saw it, probably build one this summer for my metalworking and ventilated shops, cut and dig a cube in the floor or pull a patio stone and fill with concrete with a hole in the center to slip the vise in.

Click on images to expand.

This one is from one of my project binders and was originally published in Mechanix Illustrated. Don't know if the time will ever present itself but I have always wanted to build a small cupola just for thrills. This is a 9" bore cupola and would be better operated as a cupolette batch melter than as a cupola continuous melter. The design does not include a slag port, you can keep an eye on the slag build up in a batch melter better than in a long continuous melt. If you fill the tuyeres with slag, your done, down for repairs.

The other concern is the size of the bore 9" is about as small as you can go. The only fuel that you can use that will not cause you problems is metallurgical coke. Now a days you pretty well have to live near a foundry or steel mill to get it. You can do it in larger cupolas with charcoal or coal, the ancients even did it with wood before charcoal was developed but it was very inefficient with much metal being oxidized up the vent. Browsing the web many home hobbyists have tried 9 and 10 inch bore units with charcoal, with less than satisfactory results. 12" or larger bores might be more successful with charcoal. I have a few plans for larger bore cupolas that I might upload at a later date.

If you can get the coke this is a nice little furnace that can be easily run on your own relatively safe.

Here is a picture that has made the rounds, around the web and in foundry books. The picture was taken in 1898 in Shanghai, pretty primitive. Apparently this was the state of most foundries in China at that time. Mind boggling how far they have come in a little over 100 years.

And here's your chuckle for the day. A chuckle only because no one got hurt. Its amazing one of those boilers didn't go KABOOM.