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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

50-MPH Thrills On A Hydro-Kart

A long time popular magazine, that unfortunately did not survive, "Science And Mechanics" magazine, first started out in 1929 as " Everyday Mechanics". Over the years it changed it's name a couple of times and changed ownership even more times. In 1984 it published its last issue. Thats unfortunate, it had a close resemblance to the PM and PS mags., covering the developments in science and technology of the day, but there was an even greater concentration on workshop projects and improvements, home renovation, and many different hobbies and crafts. I have only 5 magazines, they are rare in the used market, you can find them on amazon, e-bay, and abe books, but the price when you include shipping, makes the few you can get expensive. Like PM and PS they published many books, aggregating many projects, tips, and jigs from the magazines. I have found two of those, and one in particular, is full of good tips and workshop ideas, that I will post from, in the next few posts.

So for those 50-mph thrills. This Hydro-Kart project was very popular in the early 60"s. I say that because both Popular Science and Popular Mechanics published similar plans around that time. I think something like this could still be a pretty neat project. Certainly your parts sourcing will be different, but if anything, you will have a greater selection in todays market. Smaller engines and more HP for instance, could eliminate the second engine. If I remember correctly the PM plan used a small outboard, a similar size today, probably puts out twice the HP.

So from the 1962 "Science And Mechanics" magazine is a plan for a 50-mph mini-speed boat.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Woodcraft # 1-Antique Tool Collecting

One of the more recent magazine publications to start up was "Woodcraft" in 2005. As has become a trend, "Woodcraft" is an extension of "Woodcraft Supply Corp.", much like "Today's Woodworker" was an off shoot of Rockler's "The Woodworkers Store", back in 1989. Both are popular suppliers to the renewed interest in woodworking and other workshop interests, among millions of Americans. Canada, and probably the rest of the developed world, has seen a similar surge in interest.

Woodcraft went into publication on three core components Projects, People and Products. To this end the first section is usually a collection of nice medium to advanced projects, followed by a focus on a few craftsman doing beautiful and diverse work around the country and finished off with reviews and articles on the latest tools and products available on the market.

In the following short article Dana M. Batory, an antique tool collector, discusses three popular antique tools that when restored to their former glory, would be the envy of any small home shop hobbyist.

So I will post a couple more magazine firsts over the next week. "So thats all fine and dandy but how do I get access to all these project resources", you may ask. The used book stores, I have found, all have milk crates full of good used magazines, if you are persistent it is not hard to come close to completing whole collections of magazine titles, even more collected titles, like Fine Woodworking. If you like downloads the Internet Archive has a huge collection of woodworking magazines in their "The Magazine Rack" collection.

So I can kiss good by to any hope of an Indian Summer. This is what we got this afternoon and it will continue into tomorrow afternoon. Not much relief in the forecast either, so looks like an early winter. MAN give me a break, LOL.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Frame And Panel Doors

So continuing with woodworking magazine firsts, here is an excellent article from the premier issue of "Woodwork" first published in 1989. The article "Making Frame & Panel Doors" by Peter Good, is an excellent tutorial on making a popular style of door that finds use in house elements as well as furniture pieces.

 From "Woodwork" # 1 - 1989

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Portable To Table Saw And My Table Saw

Excluding "Popular Mechanics" and "Popular Science", "Workbench" has been around the longest of the modern DIY magazines. Started in 1958 it concentrates on whole house articles from renovations to yard projects and back inside to the workshop.

The article I selected from the first issue is a project that has seen many versions over the years. For the beginner with limited funds who has a circular portable saw and would like a table saw, this solution is a decent alternative, until you can purchase a dedicated table saw or build a more advanced saw of your own.

When it comes to a table saw, lots of iron, with a accurately machined, large, table surface, is the way to go. But that is just me. With the advent of the web many people have advanced and built wood framed fully adjustable table saws. If you want more than just the basic conversion in this article, you might want to check out Mathias Wandel's site at or John Heisz's site at, he is currently building a nice fully adjustable wood framed saw. If you look back in my Popular Mechanics plans posts, there are a few wood table saw versions there also.

So from Workbench #1-1958, here is the article "A Table Saw From Your Portable".

So here is a picture of my table saw. A very long time ago (ha, ha) I started out like many with a similar plan to the Workbench plan above. The table I built was smaller but basically the same. I built alot of decent projects with that make-do table saw. In 83 I purchased a Taiwan import from Busy Bee. It was a knock-off of a low end contractor saw and underpowered. You know the type, with the open web, iron, extension tables. I sold it when I sold the workshop in the Ottawa area, mentioned in another post.

So In 2001 I was building my house and shop on my little piece of heaven up here. I made a trip to Toronto, and on my way home stopped at the Canadian Tire in Barrie on a whim. Sure enough they had Delta's top of the line contractor saw on sale reg. $700 for $625. There was a hole in the fence and rail box, on further inspection I found the back rail was missing. I offered $550, after hemming and hawing and a consultation with the manager they agreed. I brought it home and within 3 days the Delta dealer had shipped me a new back rail, free of charge, can't beat service like that.

Love this saw, big, heavy, accurate table, lots of blade head adjustment, the 1 1/2 HP sealed Delta motor has lots of power. I have never stalled or tripped the overload on it. The huge extruded aluminum front rail and fence have adjustment and T slots for accessories.

I don't ever see a need for another saw, however if a used Uni-Saw or even a General, presented itself at the right price, I probably would grab it, if only to rebuild it to it's former glory.

For dust control I built a hopper and attached it to the bottom saw frame. The hopper is built from 1/4" plywood with triangular strips to strengthen the corners. A 4" dust collection gate was installed at the bottom to accept 4" dust collector hose.

For a better seal I cut a foam cover to fit the back and attached it with double sided tape for vertical cuts. For tilted cuts the foam is easily removed. Under the foam is a 1/4" plywood back cover that is shaped to allow a full 45* tilt. It opens up the back a bit but dust collection is still decent.

In the pictures, the blade guard is removed. Don't run a table saw without a blade guard in place.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

American Woodworker # 1 - Tenoning Jig

The year after "WOOD" published it's first issue, "American Woodworker" came out with it's first issue. This was 1985 and in addition to "Woodsmith" in 1979, the publishing industry was just getting started.

American Woodworker started out with a similar format as Fine Woodworking, large oversize format with black and white gray scale, cover to cover. I have always liked that format but with the advancements in computerized digitization they soon started experimenting with different sizes and full brilliant color. I think all that color benefits mostly the huge amounts of advertising necessary to keep these publications alive, although "Woodsmith" and "Shop Notes" seem to be doing quite well without it, (the advertising I mean), they make up for some of it with tool reviews.

So from the premier issue of "American Woodworker" I have selected an article for a tenoning jig, an indispensable jig for the table saw, if you do joinery work. The article is by Rosario Capotosto, a huge asset for many magazines in the last 30 years of the last century. Check out the next post for more on Mr. Capotosto.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Sunshine Express

So in keeping with the previous posts focus on premier woodworking magazine issues, here is a select plan from "Wood" magazines premier issue in 1984. Better Homes And Garden's "Wood" magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, claims that "Wood" is the most popular and widely distributed woodworking magazine in the world. I tend to agree. "Wood" like "FWW", publish plans and articles on improving your workshop, and tools, in addition to some very attractive shopbuilt machines. And while "FWW" concentrates more on the high end, cutting edge, of the woodworking field, "Wood" is chock full of more practical, attractively designed, woodworking projects for the family, home, and yard.

Xmas is coming and woodworkers are looking for interesting shopbuilt projects, to please some young folks Xmas morning. I posted a child's wagon before, but from "Woods" premier 1984 issue comes this beautiful version of the classic child's wagon plan.

So for the few Canadian followers out there, HAPPY THANKSGIVING and

Hand Planes

As I have mentioned many times, over the years I have amassed a large amount of resource references on a wide variety of hobby and workshop activities, which never cease to interest me. My collection of magazine paper issues number in the thousands, on the subjects of woodworking, metalworking, and engineering as illustrated in the previous few posts.

Over the last few decades my collection of digitized, online sourced magazine material, has outpaced my paper collection. My magazines file has grown to over 150 GB. Below is a scan of the magazine titles in my "Woodworking Magazines" folder.

Close to a dozen of these collections are complete, from #1 to relatively recent or until they ceased to publish. Many of the other collections are complete when you include my collection of paper copies. I thought it might be interesting to post a few select articles from some of the premier issues of these magazines.

America has produced a huge number of hobby DIY type magazines in the past century and a half, a few have survived to this day, Popular Science and Popular Mechanics come to mind. Tool manufacturers have everything to do with many of those successes, as this was the ideal media to advertise their wares. Delta, established in 1919, published many popular diy and project materials to help promote their tools and machines and was an incentive for magazine publishers to cover similar subject matter. Much of this interest reached a peak in the late fifties, the economy was thriving and people had money, and homes with workshops, to follow their hobby interests.

In 1975 Fine Woodworking published their first copy, they have been going strong ever since, even surviving the switch to online information sourcing. There success seems to have influenced a boost in the publishing industry, and many new woodwork, and other hobby interest magazines, came into publication throughout the eighties. Some have survived, some have not.

So here is a nice article on hand planes from Fine Woodworking's premier issue # 1 - 1975.

So later today and over the next week I will post a few more select articles from some premier issues of woodworking magazines.