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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Animal Gliders"

What child could resist a nice long ride on a favorite animal glider? As I said in the previous post, here is a nice selection of plans for building nice animal gliders, that every child will enjoy.

As the designer of these gliders, David Wakefield found out few children can resist a long ride on one of these swings. Construction is not difficult, and Mr. Wakefield provides lots of information for a successful build and installation.

In addition to the titles of father or grandfather, projects like these will also make you a young child's favorite woodworker.

So it's Sunday, so looking forward to a couple good football games on the tube this afternoon.


"Toy Steam Train"

So it's Sunday again. It's amazing how fast time can slide by as you get older. When your young you can't wait till tomorrow, when your old you want today to last forever, lol.

So it's been a while since I uploaded any woodworking projects. I will try to save Sunday mornings for woodworking projects for the next little while. I have uploaded a few projects from Popular Science's Project Yearbooks in the past. If you are not familiar with these, they are full of lots of very nice toy, and furniture plans, mixed in are some good articles on methods of construction.

Nick Engler among others is one of the contributers for many of these nice plans. If you do woodwork, you have probably come across some of his fine books and designs.

Degrees of difficulty run the gamut from relatively easy toys to a series of beautiful, advanced, Queen Ann reproductions. I will start off today with a couple of winners for the toddler set. The first, a toy steam train, by Nick Engler, and in the next post, a nice selection of animal gliders by David Wakefield.

So here are plans for the Toy Steam Train. Don't forget to expand for best view. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Little Red Wagon

Here is a little plan from the Deltagram series. I first posted this on a forum that I thought was going to be home to my blog. When the manipulator and predator showed their true faces, I quickly pulled my pictures, and decided my own site was the only way to share my book collection and project builds and ideas.

Deltagram was a series of short project manuals that Delta published for many years. There are hundreds of them in at least 41 volumes. I have 52 in my file and will share more in the future.

The wagon plan is a sure winner for most kids, it is both useful for moving toys and materials around and enjoyable to play with.

Below is a picture of a wagon I built for my two boys 33 years ago. As usual the Deltagram plan provided the inspiration but the plan was my own creation. The boys had many hrs. of fun with it.

33 years can change a person a lot so this is the only picture your going to see of me, ha, ha. If I start taking selfies I run the risk of damaging the camera, lol.

Unique, Beautiful, Easy, Windsor

Ha ha, there are other descriptives I could have used in the title. This plan was in the 1987 Popular Science Woodworking Yearbook, designed and built by Ethan Perry. This is a great twist on the Windsor chair, and as the author says, easier to build than it looks. Definitely a eye catching, unique piece, one that will be competing for my time in the future.

The 8 pages in this plan make for very complete information for the prospective builder. Their are a few more nice plans in this volume that I will be uploading in the future. Don't forget to expand the images to max. for best view.

Well along with the heat, the humidity has gone through the roof today. I am going to try and get out to the shop this afternoon, but I doubt I will get much accomplished. Even the house which normally stays comfortable, even in the hottest weather, is starting to feel the effects of all this heat and humidity.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Finger Joint Machine And Router Table

So here are a couple of nice plans from the 1987 Popular Science Supplement. The first is a finger joint cutting machine. There are many nice plans out there for finger joint cutting jigs. Most use the table saw to do the work with various blades, blade stacks, or dado stacks. Some are more complicated than they have to be and do not have much adjustment to compensate for things like, blades that run less than true.

If you have a bit of floor space and like to use finger joints for lots of joinery, this dedicated little machine might be for you. A 1/2 hp or larger motor, a ball bearing spindle available at most hardware stores, and a good quality 6" dado stack are the main parts needed. The rest can all be easily shop built. There is lots of adjustment, so once you have set up a snug fit, you can quickly start to produce stacks of finger jointed boards. As the author alludes to their are other applications this can be used for.

My feeling is that safety was a consideration in the design, the blade lives below the table, it is raised into the work with a simple foot pedal feed, and returns below the table, when the pedal is released. Additional guarding on the underside would insure nothing wanders near the blade from the underside.

The second project is a uncomplicated router table by R.J De Cristoforo. The table has nice built in storage and guards for the different functions, the top is solid looking. What more do you need? Some plans offer more in eye appeal but function no better for their intended purpose. A characteristic of R J's designs, I find, often omit unnecessary additions that don't contribute to tool function.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Superior Sawhorse

Everybody needs a couple of good sawhorses, if you do any kind of outdoor work. Here is a very useful design from Mother Earth News's "The Home Hardware Handbook". It is a very useful design for cutting dimension lumber with the portable circular saw. On a conventional sawhorse this is usually a dodgy operation with respect to safety and the accuracy of your cuts. This design addresses both of those concerns.

Of course no one ever builds just one sawhorse, you need two, one to support the long end of the board you are cutting, right. When thinking of this it crossed my mind that nowadays when I build something outside or for framing, I use 2 X 6's as much as I use 2 X 4's especially for exterior framing and anything requiring superior strength. To this end, the second sawhorse should be made 2" wider than the above design so both sizes can be cut with the same degree of safety and accuracy and still have the long outboard end supported.

The design below has had the width measurements adjusted to accept 2 X 6's for safe crosscutting. I was too lazy to make a new drawing, ha ha.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Log Hauler

So does Hydro run software that monitors the web for when their name is referenced, or was it just a coincidence. An hour and a half after my post yesterday I get a automated call informing me the power would be out for a couple of hours on Thursday, for grid maintenance in my area. As the saying goes " you may be paranoid but that doesn't mean their not trying to get you" I forget what movie that is quoted from, ha ha, lol.

So here's a nice quick plan for a big log hauler. A great toy for the aspiring young big rig driver. Don't forget to glue those logs together, not safe to have those big logs rolling around loose.

Original plan from John Capotosto in 1983 this copy from Popular Science DIY Yearbook 1985.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stands For All Your Tools

Here is an article that I think I uploaded somewhere before, they were poor scans. I found them again in the winter 1954 PM Shop Notes, so I can now control the quality of the upload. Yes you can now read the material lists, ha ha.

These are solid smart looking stands. There is collection of five here and with a few modifications they can be adapted to most machines in your shop. They are solid enough to support both your woodworking or metalworking machinery. The tops are shown as 1 3/4" thick but 1 1/2" thick would be solid enough for most applications and allow you to use regular dimension lumber. If you use splines, as shown in one top, it will make it easier for a more accurate assembly and your glue ups easier. I would say the splines make the tops stronger, but without actual test numbers, I will leave that to the opinion of any potential builder.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Versatile And Effective Edge Sander

For the woodworker who prefers hand tools or would rather joint and finish edges without turning the switch on a power tool, this is a very substantial edge sander. Lots of adjustment and very robust. The plan is by Robert F. Bessmer and published in the 1985 Popular Science DIY Yearbook.

A Desk That Never Runs Out Of Paper

For the woodworker with a artistic child or grand child here is a great little project that will get daily use. This neat little desk is ideal for a child's room and even better, it's safe, with all the corners rounded and a large floor stance to prevent toppling. Rolls of paper are easily sourced and provide a constant, stable medium for the young artist. The desk and seat provide lots of storage for supplies.

The design is from "Easy To Make Children's Furniture" by David Stiles, this copy from Popular Science DIY Yearbook 1985.

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Wood Turners Compound

A compound rest for the wood lathe can be very useful. As mentioned before my used Rockwell/Delta came with one but if they are still available, a new one is quite expensive. With a compound you can turn aluminum, brass and other softer metals on the wood lathe and if you can get your speed low enough even mild steel. Very useful for the hobbyist who would rather avoid the high cost of metal turning equipment.

This one looks solid enough to do light metal work. Switching out the hardwood base for easy to work, mild steel or aluminum, would allow for heavier more accurate work. This plan uses the "no castings" idea from J.V. Romig (the author) for the tool slides in this post Machine Tool Slides.

For straight or stepped wood turning the compound is safer and more accurate but has the limited range of action.

Here's something interesting that even MacGyver would be complimented for knowing. I wasn't aware of this method and I haven't done any research on it (I am not aware of any desalination plants based on this process). Nowadays a tight plastic snap lid and the clay pot is all you would need to survive two weeks in a rubber raft on the open ocean, lol.