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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Eye Candy Treadle Lathe

So from an early 1979 issue of Fine Woodworking and featured in the 1981 "Fine Woodworking Techniques 3", Taunton Press book, comes this very eye appealing treadle lathe. This would be as appealing as a conversation piece as it would be in a power outage, and you need to satisfy an urge to turn something in the shop, ha, ha.

This file has made it's rounds on the web, I downloaded it back in 2012. If you like the idea of a treadle lathe, this is not to difficult a plan, for a very satisfying project.






Friday, February 1, 2019

Building A Classic Cabinet Makers Workbench

I can't remember where I found this pdf. Steve the builder has not updated his site since 2004, the free for distribution plan was posted in 2006 and is not on his site. This much time later, I am at a loss as to where it was posted.

This is a beautifully done workbench in the classic cabinet makers style. Remember Tage Frid's bench in FW # 4, same style, except this one is larger. Very nice. Steve names 2 other magazines and a book, where he got his ideas from. Included with the build document are fully measured drawings for the prospective builder. At 103 pages Steve leaves little to the imagination. If you like this style, it doesn't get much better than this.

To download this great workbench plan click Building A Cabinet Makers Workbench 4.2 MB - pdf.



Building A Roubo Bench

So a while back I posted a series of workbench plans. There seems to have been lots of interest, so here are a couple of more.

The first is another Roubo style bench. This one is built by Nick Myers and was posted on the now defunct WKFineTools.com site. As before Nick, if you object to reposting, message me and it will be removed. Nick built a beautiful and very heavy bench from a neighbor's downed Red Oak tree. He cut it up himself with a chainsaw mill and let it dry for quite a few years. It made for challenging material but in the end Nick produced a very inspiring workbench.

To download a 2.2 MB pdf of Nick's bench build click Building A Roubo Bench.


After building the Roubo bench, Nick decided he wanted a Moxon vise, common to Holtzapffel style benches. As you recall I incorporated both types into my bench, works if you have access to both sides of the bench. If you do lots of hand tool work on the ends of boards, such as dovetail work on drawer construction, the Moxon is the way to go. Nicks Moxon is portable and easily clamped to the surface of the workbench.

To download the 600 KB pdf of Nicks Moxon build click Building A Low Cost Moxon Vise.


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.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

12" Thickness Sander

Planers and drum sanders are expensive, if the work you do does not justify such an expense, a homebuilt drum sander might be the answer. There are lots of plans around the web for drum sanders, some are very advanced with powered feed beds and planer type thickness adjustments, most are much simpler but often need some finesse for a better look.

"WOOD" magazine published a plan back in the 80's that fits both of these characteristics. It is relatively simple to construct and looks great. It will handle a 12" width but this can be easily increased. For purchases you will need a motor, two pillow block bearings, a shaft, and a switch. Yes, thats it, except for the wood and fasteners of course, The listed sources may still be available.

Say "Thank you WOOD magazine" and enjoy.








Monday, January 21, 2019

19 Shop Helper Plans

So it has been a while since I posted wood shop ideas. Looking through my woodworking folder files I came across a nice collection of workshop aids and jigs published by "WOOD" magazine. Couldn't find the publication date, I found the file back in 2009, but I think most of the plans came from the late 80's early 90's "WOOD" magazine. A nice collection of useful ideas here.

To download this 22 page collection click 19 Great Projects For The Shop. 3.55 MB - pdf


Sunday, November 25, 2018

More Gifts From Santa's Workshop

So today I will put up a couple of more posts on items you can make in your workshop as gifts for the young.

The first post today focuses on a couple of toboggans. If you live in Canada or any country with regular winter snow, their is no need to tell you how much fun these can be, on your favorite hill. If your not bored by my reminiscent visits to my past, I recall a past experience with a toboggan, when I was a kid, at the bottom of this post.

The two following plans come from a Patrick E. Spielman book titled "Make Your Own Sports Gear" and published in 1970 by The Bruce Publishing Company. This fine hardcover text is full of plans for sports gear. All the plans have good clear instructions and all are within the reach of most workshop enthusiasts.

Here is the cover and contents page. As always if you see something you like, and can't find the book, message me, and we will try to get it posted.


The first plan is a fast looking one person sled, quick and easy to pull back up the hill, and the shallower curve is easier to bend. 



The second plan is a full size classic style toboggan. You can get three or four people riding this sled for lots of spills and thrills. Getting that full classic bend is a little more involved, but the classic look is well worth it.



When I was 12 Santa got me a full sized toboggan for Xmas. Not far behind our house at the time, there was a small mountain of Can. Shield rock, very steep. There was a transmission tower at the top, and the maintenance company had a double track machine to pack a track up the side for access. It was a favorite sliding hill for the local kids.

The day after I got the toboggan my brother Vic and I decided to try out the hill. Now nobody ever started at the top, the last 100 yards or so was too steep for anyone but the very brave, and there were a couple of tight curves on the ride down.

We decided to start at the top, ha ha. By the time we passed the normal start point, we were flying. Half way down the hill, we come flying around the second curve and right in the middle of the track is a group of 4 kids coming up. We started yelling and waving our arms, "Get off the track", "Get off the track". Of course they froze, with there mouths agape. I managed to flip the toboggan on it's side, but the momentum still carried us into a spectacular crash. Lots of bruises, but nobody got severely hurt. One of their sleds got smashed and sadly, I looked down at our new sled, and one of the side slats was cracked and broken.

We walked home with our tail between our legs. Fortunately dad was working, so I picked the lock on his tool crib and set to repairing the toboggan. I was at the age when I was always building something, cabins, treehouses, soapbox racers, etc., which was why the lock on the tool crib, LOL.

So I removed the broken slat, trimmed the cross pieces to the new width and drilled them to accept the rope. Good as new, just skinnier. On a hard packed track we had the fastest toboggan for a long time, ha ha.

Its not broken till you can't fix it anymore LOL.