Showing posts with label woodworking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label woodworking. Show all posts

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Few Short Articles

Back in the 80's Fine Woodworking published a series of manuals titled "Fine Woodworking On". The series had titles like "Making And Modifying Machines" and "Woodworking Machines" they were all composed from articles in the first 10 years (1975-1985) of Fine Woodworking magazine. I will visit these again, at a later time.

Here are a couple of short articles and the cover picture of "Making And Modifying Machines". Remember this post "Scroll Saw On Steroids", Here is a picture from the cover that was not in the posted article. It is pretty clear from this picture, that I wasn't kidding when I said "on steroids". Check out the size of timber the author is cutting here, you would need a large, tough, band saw to handle a cut like this, and the length would be limited by the throat depth. With this beast and outboard supports, you could cut to shape the center of a 16'er if you so desired.


This article was originally published in the May 1980 FW magazine. It is a tongue-in-cheek look at tool steel production. The technical details are correct the scenario is hilarious, as is the illustration, LOL.


It seems D. Gingery thought the illustration was entertaining as well, and included it in the first page, of the second edition of, "The Charcoal Foundry".


The second article today comes from the March 1980 FW magazine. This article covers a very inexpensive alternative to a jointer. You can't do the face with this, but for perfect edge surfaces, this can be faster with a better finish than a jointer. I have seen this idea a few times before, the Shopsmith Mark V combination machine has sold a disc accessory like this, for it's machines, since back in the 1950's. It is certainly safer than just cutting square with the table saw or even using the jointer.

Edit: So I don't know where my head was when I called the Shopsmith Mark V a Woodsmith yesterday, so when I noticed that today I had to correct it. While I was at it I decided to post a page from the Shopsmith 2005 accessory catalog, where they sell this disc for their machines.


At $50 it is a heck of alot cheaper than buying a jointer. Even better, it's free if you have a small furnace to cast the disc in aluminum. You can finish it on a wood turning lathe if you do not have a metalworking lathe.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Easy Train And Jeep

So their's still time to squeeze in a couple of quick projects in the wood shop. Young enthusiasts will love playing with these under the tree, Xmas morning. The first project is a quick and easy train for the young toddler. The second project will appeal to the little older child and is a nice reproduction of the classic Jeep.

Both of these projects were published in Rodale Press's 1990 "The Weekend Woodworker" by John A. Nelson.






Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Getting The Most Out Of Your Circular Saw And Jointer"

Over the years Delta published many"Getting The Most Out Of Your ....." manuals covering most of the shop equipment found in a typical workshop. I posted one a while back on abrasive equipment, grinders, sanders, etc. This edition comes from 1937 and covers table saws and jointers. They are not large, this one is 52 pages, but they are packed with info. cover to cover. I have a few more titles and editions, hopefully get them up in the future.

To download "Getting The Most Out Of Your Circular Saw And Jointer", go to my Books - Free Downloads page, # 73 - 5 MB - pdf.



Get'n so thick out there, I can't see out the windows ha,ha. Oh well back to the football game, no sign of a single snow flake there ha, ha.

"How To Make Things With A Workshop"

So, got up to a snow storm blowing in, it's forecast to last into the night, looks like I will be clearing snow tomorrow. All that early snow is getting me down already, summer was to short this year.

So not feeling a whole lot of energy today, decided it would be easier to just upload some small files I had that didn't require any work, beyond the upload. Delta was very prolific in publishing many different plans and how-to manuals, to help promote there woodworking machines. Here are two more, and for something different a great little cook book.

The first manual today is " How To Make Things In A Workshop". This was published by Delta in 1928. With a title like that you would expect a very large manual, however this 18 page booklet packs a lot of information into a small manual.

To download "How To Make Things With A Workshop" go to my Books - Free Downloads page, # 71 -  3 MB - pdf




Sunday, November 18, 2018

Gifts From Santa's Workshop

So enjoying Sunday football today, took a few minutes out to get this file up. The first plan is the child's rocking horse revisited. Every child loves a rocking horse, this design by Paul and Marya Butler is different from the usual fair. It is very solidly built and has over-sized rockers for safety and stability. It incorporates some carved elements in the head assembly for that customized look and the manila rope for the mane and tail is a nice solution.

The construction and finish will stand up to outdoor use and still look great indoors. Two children can ride this tough horsey at the same time, for an enjoyable experience.

The plan was posted in Popular Science's 1989 Yearbook.




The second plan today is a great little revolving jib crane designed and built by John Capotosto and posted in Popular Science's 1985 Yearbook. I would have loved playing with one of these when I was a kid, lifting Lego blocks or Meccano parts into place. Standard toy wheels are used throughout. They are readily available from many sources, but of course you can make your own too.




Thursday, November 15, 2018

"A Book Of Country Things"

So I have been catching up on some of my reading. Browsing my shelves the other day I came across a small book that had interested me a long time ago, in a used book store, my interest was revived and I had to read it.

"A Book Of Country Things" is an entertaining recounting of a grandson's experiences with his Grandpa, L. L. Bond. Grandpa was born in 1833 in Vermont, grew up in a log cabin, served in the Civil War, and over the course of a rural lifetime, learned many of the skills we all consider "lost arts" nowadays. The grandson's (Walter Needham) recounting of growing up with his Grandpa is a detailed and entertaining explanation of many of the practiced arts necessary  to maintain a homestead in rural Vermont in the late 1800's.

When I think of heroes, I think of people like Willie in the "Working Knowledge" post or "Grandpa". They are not afraid of work, they are a wealth of knowledge, acquired over a lifetime of getting their hands dirty, doing the actual work, They usually have a good sense of humor that is genuine and not a cover-up for meanness or cruelty. And they don't constantly feed you BS because they don't want to share what they have learned, (they are generous).

I am sure this view point doesn't jive with many nowadays, many of todays heroes are fictitious creations that have little bearing on real life.

So if you want to take 5 minutes to read an interesting chapter about another time, I am posting chapter 6 below. The chapter discusses the harvesting and use of different wood to produce the necessities of life in pioneer America, from pine for making pipes to cherry for making clocks.

I will post chapter 7 tomorrow or the next day. It deals with "Grandpa's" tools and shop. 

The book was printed by the Stephen Greene Press in 1965 and went through 10 printings by 1986, it is a timeless reminiscence of a less complicated time.

Expand to read comfortably. If you would like to print it off, choose landscape on your print options. If you are viewing on your mobile, I am sorry, this is probably not the best format.









To those who found this article early, I have corrected the double page with the correct page.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Scratch Beader

Here is a quick little plan for a scratch beader. Classic colonial furniture likes moldings, There are many different molding shapes available for modern routers and shapers. If you like old tools or like to make them, you may even have a selection of molding planes. When you come across a shape that you can't match, there is always the scratch beader, It is a relatively simple tool to make and if you have access to some tool steel, the scraper blades can be shaped to your requirements. Rude Osolnik touched on this in the Acorn Bed post, for fluting turnings.

A scratch beader is more labor intensive and your moldings will not be as perfect as the product from a router or shaper, but they will be much closer reproductions of the originals.

This article comes from John Nelson's book "Colonial Classics You Can Build Today", published by Stackpole Books in 1986.






Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lowboy Desk

Imagine this, you have just purchased a brand new state of the art, cutting edge, computer, now imagine it sitting on the classic, curvy, hunk of beautiful Mahogany you see below. Classic old meets cutting edge new, awesome. I don't know why the name denotes male, it is clearly female, lol.

There is no beating around the bush here, this is clearly an advanced project. The hand cut dovetails and curvy cabriole legs, make it so. You can get away with lock joints in place of the dovetails but you can't get away without the cabriole legs, they are the essence of the piece.

Couldn't find who did the reproduction but David Donnelly wrote the article and did the photography, I assume he did the reproduction too. He states that the cabriole legs are not hard to do, but even so you will need to have a good working method on your band saw, and be able to do some close shaping work with hand tools, to get four matching legs.

Don't let the advanced nature of this project put anyone off, you will never do advanced work, if you never try it. If your working up to this level go slow, don't put time limits on yourself. You can go fast when you have mastered the techniques. The reward is a truly beautiful piece.

With many of these classic pieces part of the look is the appealing hardware. In Canada your best bet for the Chippendale drawer pulls is Lee Valley Tools, see the links page.

At 10 pages, the instructions are very complete. If you build, read carefully and take note of the tips.











So we got 6" of  snow out there and lots of drifts. I guess I will be pulling out the shovels tomorrow and start with winter chores. It's been a fun weekend though, hope someone got some useful inspiration, from some of these posts.

Pedestal Table

At first glance most would class this pedestal table as an advanced project, it is more in the middle range of difficulty. There are many plans for this classic style pedestal table, some are more difficult than others, involving things like steam bending of the apron. Nick Engler does a great job of simplifying this design. The kerfed apron simplifies things and is probably a better solution. My manufactured pedestal table has a steam bent apron that no longer lines up very well.

So here is the plan for a classic that you will be proud of, no mater what your skill level. You will need a 10" or larger swing lathe to turn the pedestal. In a pinch there are jigs that can be built to turn it, utilizing your router, but that would be a different post. The table slides are available at many hardware stores and through woodworking supply outlets.







Writing Table

Woodworking Sunday, so I will try to get some table designs up today, progressively from an easy table to a advanced classic.

Nick Engler has designed and built many of the woodworking designs I have posted lately. Back in the 80's and 90's Nick was a very prolific designer and builder of woodworking related material. He was the founder of "Hands On!" magazine as well as publishing many books, articles and a newspaper column for woodworkers. He is co-owner of "Bookworks Inc." which produces how-to-books and for years has produced the Projects Yearbook for Popular Science Books.

So today is no different, the first two projects today were designed and built by Nick Engler. As always with project books, build them for yourself or as gifts but reproduction for sale or profit is forbidden.

So the first project today is a writing desk, but not just a writing desk. It is a relatively easy project to build, the gently curved legs give it a touch of class with a slightly oriental flavor. You can make it smaller for a child's room, it's a writing desk, a computer desk, and it will look good in just about every room in the house, scale it up or down according to your needs.