Showing posts with label tips and jigs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips and jigs. Show all posts

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Home Craftsman's Practical Workshop Guide

Here is an older book on workshop tips and tricks, that you will not find anywhere on line, I have checked. It was published back in 1948 by "The Home Craftsman Magazine". In the tradition of PM and PS magazines, it published a nice small book on tips and tricks for the hobby workshop, taken from it's magazines.

I found this one many years ago, tucked away in a dusty corner of "The Highway Bookshop", once a very popular and hugely stocked used book shop up here. It took a while to scan it and clean it up with my limited software, it's not perfect but quite usable.

To download "Practical Workshop Guide" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 79 - 16.7 MB - pdf

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Shop Notes Magazine

So I would be remiss if I didn't include a project from either Woodsmith or it's companion publication Shop Notes. Woodsmith was first published in 1979. Back then it was a short, advertisement free, publication concentrating mainly on furniture projects. It has since expanded to include other workshop interests. But beautiful full color furniture projects are still the main content. In 1992 Woodsmith Corp. published a spin off called "Shop Notes". Is there a connection to Popular Mechanics?? PM was the originator of that name.

Shop Notes focuses on the workshop, shop built machines, jigs and tips, shop furniture and storage plans, and tool reviews are mainly what is found here. Some of the best shop built machines I have seen, are found here. If you browse the web you can't miss coming across some of their plans. Here are a couple of jigs from the first "Shop Notes" 1992.

Be warned. Political musings coming up. It's rare I go there, if you object don't read.

Would Brexit and Trump have occurred if the millions of BS posts oozing out of Russia had not influenced the 10% or so sitting on the fence, in most elections or referendums. Why, we all know what Putin's desires are, they were well demonstrated in the Caucuses and the Ukraine. The west has not been totally dumb to this, and increased NATO forces in the Baltics. Trump's attitude, and the kind of strife that Brexit, and other interventions going on in European politics has created, don't help NATO, and must have Putin smiling, "It's all going as planned", after all he has the rest of his life to achieve his desires.

Trump's desire to pull back to the borders from the rest of the world, leaving the weaker nations of the world to fend for themselves, in the face of aggression from reborn 20th century aggressors like Russia, seem to fit well with Trump's greatest desires, power and wealth to feed his ego. It seems he would be happy to be the arms supplier to all this strife (Saudi Arabia), as America was before it entered into the 2nd WW. Thats a dangerous game he plays, for all of us.

Now your probably thinking "Wow that must be some strong legal pot, those Canadians are smoking" LOL. Not at all, haven't touched the stuff in years.

1001 How-To Ideas - Parts 1-4

So I prepared another 7 pages of odds and ends, tips and tricks, from the 1001 How-To Ideas book. Rather than post the pages, I decided to make up a pdf that includes all 4 parts plus the Hydro-Kart plan and Science And Mechanics covers. If you liked the hydro-cart plan or some of the ideas in the other posts, this puts everything in one compact file.

To download this 38 page file click Science And Mechanics. 8 MB - pdf

So I woke up to the first blizzard of the season. Supposed to continue all day, so we should have a good build up by the end of the day.

Friday, October 19, 2018

1001 How-To Ideas - Part 3

So here is the second part of that Metalworking section I started yesterday. I will do one more post of odds and ends from this book and call it a rap. It may already exist at the, money's no problem, high end, but what I need is a scanner that I can feed the book to, no matter how old and tattered, press "pdf print copy", and it automatically scans the whole book, cleans it up, crops and centers, and spits out a print ready copy as clean as the original when it came off the press line, lol.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

1001 How-To Ideas - Part 2

So as mentioned I will upload lots of tips and tricks  from the "Science And Mechanics Handbook Annual No. 5, 1957". Today I will upload the first part of a 13 page Metalworking section, lots of tips and ideas here, some more useful than others, but all are interesting reading for the workshop addict.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1001 How-To Ideas

So the weather has become an easy excuse for sitting in front of my computer, instead of being outside doing some work. Todays no different, cold and still snowing out there.

I mentioned yesterday that "Science And Mechanics" magazine published many books focusing on the many projects, tips, and tricks regularly published in their magazines. I have found two over the years and one, "1001 How-To Ideas" stands out. I would have liked to have scanned the whole book and uploaded it as a pdf, but the 200 pages would have required lots of time consuming cleanup, and even more time to upload the big file on my slow connection. So instead I will upload the more useful sections as individual pages, over the course of a number of posts.

Here are the covers of the two books I have. A unique feature of some of the "Science And Mechanics" cover artists was their sense of humour. Notice the child in the second cover below, lol. In another magazine cover you see a hobbyist sitting at his workbench, engrossed in a project, meanwhile the lady of the house is standing in the doorway, all done up for a night out on the town, the look on her face, a little sour, that someone had forgotten, ha,ha.

Below: An artist tagger in the making ha,ha,ha.

So I will try to get most of Section II (contents below) posted over the next little while.

If you find your original idea here then it's not original, as they say "there is little new under the sun". If your not aware of a previous version, it can be overlooked. If your aware but claim it as your own creation anyway, then the kudos must feel a little tainted. I mention this because I have seen it done with many ideas. The one that stands out here is the engine valve, bench anvil.

Hope most found something useful here. Stay tuned more to come.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tips And Jigs From "Projects Two"

So we had a very noisy and wet storm roll in yesterday, the Canada Geese must have sensed it and left before it rolled in.

So here are a few tips and jigs from "The Home Shop Machinist" magazine's "Projects Two". I have volumes one to eight. It has been years since I checked they may have many more out by now. This magazine and their popular sites is devoted to the hobby home machinist. In addition to machinist projects and information they also cover some casting and foundry equipment projects.

Here is a collection of three, one page tips and jigs, from the second volume in the series. The V block is a very simple and quick way to make a useful accessory for the drill press. Have you ever cursed a slot screw driver that keeps slipping out and damaging the screw head? Here is a grinding jig to properly grind the blade of a slot screwdriver. Cutting curves in heavier plate can be difficult, here is a drill guide to make it easier. Ever notice how drilling or turning aluminum is always a sticky process on the cutting edges, here is a tip for reworking a turning tool to produce nicer finishes on aluminum. Expand for best view.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Canadian Machinery 2

So I managed to get through the best parts of the first two volumes of "Canadian Machinery" Lots of excellent articles on the foundry, the machine shop, power generation, steam engines, IC engines, producer gas plants and engines, lots of pictures and stories of the new machinery being produced in Canada and the US. Regular monthly serials on Machine Shop Methods and Devices, Developments in Machinery, Power Generation and Applications, and Foundry Practice and Equipment.

One very interesting article, illustrated with lots of pictures, the engineering learning facilities at McGill University in Montreal back in 1908. Amazing, there were huge industrial size electrical labs, engine research labs, a huge foundry with cupolas and an industrial size pouring floor, and a blacksmith shop with over a dozen forges and supporting equipment. Boy, you will not find that anymore, even the high schools are fazing out their shop installations nowadays, replaced by coding labs no doubt, and one day even coding will be replaced by IT robots. We will all be in trouble then, the robots will not need us anymore. lol.

So here are a handful of tips and jigs from the Machine Shop and Devices serial and a few more pictures of machinery from the first two volumes.

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I have tried this. A little rough, but if you take your time, in a pinch it works.

Nice time saver.

If you have seen this before, then you know where the plans are Advanced Projects.

If I get around to making a muller, there are some ideas here I would want to include.

King Machinery is headquartered in Montreal. Are they the same company?  Didn't check the company history but wow long lived if it is.

For those familiar with Dave Gingery's milling machine it's easy to see where some of the ideas for his design came from. Many versions of this universal were built in the early part of the last century.

They built them heavy back then.

This is about as big as the shaper got. I have seen newer pictures of a 36" stroke in a navy manual .

A picture of the Smith shop at McGill University in Montreal in 1908.

Fortunately the sad state of affairs in engineering training I mentioned earlier may be overstated. I found this picture on the web a few years back. The picture is of an engineering lab at an American mid-western University.That is a shop built mini-cupola, looks like 10" bore with pre-heated blast air built in. Brilliant white indicates good iron temperature, fuel is coke no doubt. Very nice.