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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fine Woodworking # 1

So like me, most have probably a number of favorite woodworking magazines. With the advent of computers and the WWW, how we consume this kind of information has changed, some magazines have not survived, others have made the switch to online quite well. At my age, I guess I would be classed as "old school" and a paper copy is still my preferred media. I have close to complete collections of "Fine Woodworking", "Wood", "Canadian Workshop", and the "Woodsmith" and "Shop Notes" magazines. Less complete collections of many others.

Metalworking home shop magazines are less abundant. My collection of "Model Engineers Workshop" is close to complete, less so is my collection of "Model Engineer" and "The Home Shop Machinist".

Older magazines like PM, PS and others covered a wide variety of subject matter, such as woodworking, metalworking, electronics and other diy home shop subjects. Seldom were they devoted to one discipline. Britain had a few exceptions such as "Woodworker" which like "Model Engineer" has been around forever.

With the advent of the 70's the North American market changed "Fine Woodworking" was one of the first, with a focus on high end woodworking. Over the next few decades they were followed by many more, covering many specific interests such as turning, carving, home shops, etc.

In the early days tool and machine manufacturers published much of this kind of instructive material, "Delta" comes to mind. With the growth of the magazine industry this activity pretty much stopped, and manufacturers started promoting their wares in the expanding magazine industry instead.

So hopefully I am not boring you here. I thought some here might be interested in seeing the first copy of "Fine Woodworking" published back in 1975. It is not rare on the internet, I have come across it a few times. If you have not found it yet, here is a nice clean copy for your enjoyment.

To download click Fine Woodworking # 1. 2.8 MB - pdf

The article "The Renwick Multiples" featured a number of examples of some of the modern work being done around the country. There must have been alot of interest in a featured high end library step because in the next issue, FW # 2, the editors ran an article on it's construction.

The step, made of laminated Oak and Rosewood, sold for $450. Mr Edward Livingston, the builder, says it took 40 hours of work to complete. When you subtract the cost of materials and workshop and equipment overhead, he probably made around $8 an hour, not much for such a beautiful piece, even by 1975 standards.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Handcut Dovetails

So I was browsing my bookshelves looking for something to read when I came across 6 issues of Woodcuts magazine. This magazine was published by Algrove Publishing, owned by Leonard Lee, who also owned Lee Valley Tools and the Veritas Tool Co. Unfortunately it only published 9 issues, 1992 and 1993, before it stopped publication. Mr. Lee blamed a lack of articles among others, and the "Canadian reserve", a reference to the accusation that Canadians show lots of interest but stop at interaction or participation, such as contributing articles or making suggestions.

It's to bad I saw a lot of potential in this magazine, top quality paper and beautiful layout. It was canceled before I even new it existed. I walked into the Lee Valley Tools store in Ottawa one day, and quickly grabbed the last 6 issues they had on the shelf.

Here is an article on classic hand cut dovetails from the 1st issue. I have posted articles on dovetails before, Ed Deak, author of this article, outlines his method of producing quicker and tighter handcut dovetails.

There are some who will go out of their way to figure out how to use a power tool for an operation, without ever considering a hand tool. Something is lost without that close contact, ha, ha. My grade 9 shop teacher required that we cut a passable dovetail joint, joining the ends of two short pieces of 1 X 4's, before we were allowed to turn on the power tools.

Even Norm Abram has been caught using hand tools.

Of course he has also been caught assembling chairs with framing nail guns, lol.

Not taking anything away from Norm, he is a pro, part of the job to keep the show going, was to sell power tools.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sharpening Mistakes And Solutions

So your probably getting tired of my magazine firsts. I could do many more, but I only have one more prepared for upload, so I will end it there (thats not to say I'll not upload many more magazine articles, just take the focus off premiere issues). I haven't mentioned it, but if someone needs a specific article in a specific magazine they can't find, message me and if I have it, I will try to post it.

"Wood Carving Illustrated" is a little different from the usual fair here. The activity is something most hobbyists have touched on to various degrees. I have touched on it in a few projects over the years, but the most carving I have ever done is probably sitting in front of a campfire, whittling on a stick.

Wood Carving Illustrated was first published in 1997 by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc. with a focus on the interesting, the unusual, and the instructive aspects of the art of woodcarving. Their mission statement reads: "To promote woodcarving as an artform and an enjoyable pastime".

As important, if not more so, to woodcarving, is sharp tools. Sharp tools will turn what might feel like a labour into a joy, and a sharp tool is much safer to use than a dull one. So from the first issue of "Wood Carving Illustrated" 1997 comes this article on sharpening mistakes and solutions.

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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.

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.