Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Basic Machines

Not sure if "Basic Machines" by N.L. Davis was originally written for the military or for Coles original publication in 1977. In any case the military adapted it for their training purposes and made it available to the public. This is the military version. It is the same as the Coles version which I have in paper, with the exception of a couple of chapters on computer mechanisms, which were obviously obsolete for military purposes.

The book covers all of the basic fundamentals of machines and how they work. Block and tackles, wheels and axes, gears, internal combustion engines and much more. All of the principles are clearly illustrated with diagrams that make learning mechanical advantage easy. In this military version there is a large multiple choice quiz at the back to see how much you have retained.

If you have ever wondered how a depth charge works (haven't we all lol) This book has a clear explanation. To download go to my Books - Free Downloads page.

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1954

Well the forecast was all wrong, poured all morning, no concrete today and I am stuck inside till after lunch at least. Decided to relax and upload a couple of files instead.

I made up the PM file over the weekend, so will get it up early this week. In the 1954 highlights  you will find plans for a large capacity jigsaw, it uses a small engine block but a salvaged small compressor block will do just as well, a great welding table that I will build a larger version of when my new workshop is all set up. Great plans for a small lathe index attachment, circle cutting tool, locating faceplate and others. You will also find some nice articles on metal spinning, and casting custom designed plastic knife handles.

Hope there is something here for everyone. To download click the link, Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1954.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Almost Finished

Completed the front of the new workshop ☺today and applied the first coat of stains to the exposed wood. Rather than go with all dark maple I decided to go with cedar on the panels above the entrance for a little contrast. It looks a little patchy right now but this will all even out when the second coat goes on. Here's a couple of views.

I like it. If the forecast co-operates I'll pour the 2 foot apron along the front tomorrow and then I can concentrate on finishing the stain on the porch and fresh air workshop.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Step By Step Guide Book On Home Wiring

Got a couple hrs. in on the breezeway project today, hopefully finish the front tomorrow. I have a couple of outdoor receptacles within the enclosure, I will be adding a couple more. For lighting I had an outdoor Quartz light on the side of the garage, I had to remove it to allow for the roof . I will reinstall it on two three way switches one at the garage and one at the house entrance. In addition I will install two additional flood lamps, hopefully this should make for comfortable night time work when needed.

I don't do enough wiring to keep other than very basic circuits in sharp memory so for more complicated circuits I have many books on the subject to refer to. For home circuits other than supply panel wiring, "Step By Step Guide Book On Home Wiring" is a quick no muss no fuss reference guide. I have it printed off in a three ring binder, and simply pull the page with the circuit I need for a quick reference on the job. Large clear illustrations, clearly labeled, make it hard to go wrong. Lots of good clear information that is sometimes hard to find in larger volumes.

Please read the "Important" notice at the bottom of the contents page. If you have a hard time matching two black wires or don't know the difference between hot and neutral, don't pretend you do, call an electrician. Be skeptical of forum advice, not all, but some posters are better at gawking at an accident they helped create than being helpful.

You can download "Step By Step Guide Book On Home Wiring" on my Books - Free Downloads page, 6 MB pdf.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Framing And Sheathing Completed

Moving right along, completed the framing and sheathing on the front. Installed a vinyl drip edge and aluminum fascia boards on the beam above the entrance. The panels below will be covered in vinyl siding and the open areas will get plastic lattice. I don't have enough vinyl left to do the top but this is well protected from moisture by the eave above so it will get two coats of solid dark maple stain to match the fascia boards.

Front view

Looking out the front entrance from the back entrance.

By golly, I have a new workshop, lol. Kidding aside it will remain a dedicated parking space for my snow blower and main vehicle in the winter. In the summer I can see it becoming my favorite fresh air workspace. It is very well protected from the weather but is still very well ventilated for my propane system, back-up generator, fuel storage etc. I am toying with the idea of removing the doors from the equipment shed to ventilate it better, and adapt the doors for the top hung sliding door on the back entrance. For a front entrance screen I am kicking around an idea for a roll up slat screen. The 1 X 3's would be drilled through on edge to accept 3 cables with 1/2" pipe spacers between slats. The screen could be rolled up or down on a worm drive, as required, such as in windy winter conditions and still maintain good cross ventilation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Manual Of Machine Drawing And Design

Well it has to be one of the soggiest summers in recent memory. More rain days than non-rain days and this weekend is no exception. Fortunately with the new roof I can continue to putter away on the front enclosure assemblies for the breezeway project.

Slow starting today, thought I would upload a great old book, "A Manual Of Machine Drawing And Design". Kudos go out to the Cornell University Library digitizing staff. All the very best uploads to the internet archive are done by the Cornell staff. The digitized volumes are spotlessly cleaned up and centered, except for the content of course, you would never know the volume is 100 years old.

There are lots of old books on drawing and machine design out there, this is one of the best I have come across. This was written when the steam engine and locomotive were still king, so much of the instruction centers around the assemblies involved in this technology. There are enough measured drawings at the back to build the complete boiler and engine assemblies for a locomotive. This may not be everyones cup of tea, but it makes for interesting reading. There is some math involved, but this is unavoidable in a volume on machine design.

Lots of very clean and mostly measured drawings, if you like old tech you will love this. You can download "A Manual Of Machine Drawing And Design" on my Books - Free Downloads page, it is 13 MB in pdf.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1953

Better late than never here are  the shop notes for 1953. There were few large plans in the issues this year, but lots of short 1 page shop accessories plans, included here are plans for a cone mandrel, lathe mounted wood shaper, tapping jig, speed changer, grinder tool rest, automatic punch, and others. Some good articles on wheels for power tools, plane know-how and molding planes and scrapers, shaper jigs for end cuts, and clamps for work holding.

I wasn't going to include a plan for a very heavy duty drill press, but even if you never plan to build one it is an interesting article. Its made from old auto parts, a Ford Model-A and a 38 Chev. If I had access to an old scrap yard I might consider scrounging the parts for this beast.

Here's the link to download Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1953.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Roofed Breezeway Update

So I have been puttering away on the breezeway project the last few days, got the soffit and fascia all done and started on the end enclosures. Completed the back today, just needs stain and a top hung sliding door. The door will be similar to the enclosure 2/3 panel and 1/3 privacy lattice. I went with resin plastic privacy lattice, it is 3 times the price of treated wood lattice but I find the wood doesn't last and looks terrible after a few years. I covered the base panels with that used siding I had left. I should have enough left to do the 4 bottom panels on the front and back. The top front I have yet to decide on a finish, moisture is not as much of a problem so maybe just stain. Here are some pictures.

Hopefully I can finish the front this weekend, then I have a week of stain and paint to finish, on the porch and breezeway. I have yet to pour a 2' X 20' concrete apron along the front as well.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Copper Work - Rose

I spent the first 6 years of life in the central highlands of Portugal, home of the Lusitanians. One memory I have of the time is the yearly visit to our village of the tinsmith. He would arrive with his tools and materials on a mule and set up in a corner of my grandfathers bar. The people of the village would come to him with their orders for the tinware they required. I used to sit and watch him work for hrs., producing amazing vessel shapes and hardware with a few tools and sheet material. When he was done he would pack up his mule and move on to the next village.

I mention the above story because this memory comes back every time I look at this book. "Copper Work" by A.F. Rose is a great little book on sheet metal work Its amazing the variety of vessel shapes and flat work that can be produced with a few hand tools, time and imagination. This book, though small, covers the subject very well with lots of design diagrams and pictures of finished work. Here are some page images.

You can download "Copper Work" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Finished The Roof, Ready To Move On

Didn't go at it to hard today, finished up the siding on the garage above the roof line and installed aluminum cladding on the boxed in house gable, a little bit of caulking and we are all done ready for soffit and fascia .

A little more explanation on the boxed in gable. Not boxing it in would have meant cutting the house siding and establishing a water tight joint there, in addition the co-joining roofs would have created a water dam which would have been hard to seal up. Boxing in the gable solved both of these problems relatively easy. Here are a couple of pictures.

Well I think a bottle of the captain's best is in order, cheers all. Thats from the heart not a pilfered signoff. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Breezeway Roof Shingles Finished

I had just finished installing the peak drip cap when the rain started. I managed to do the clean-up, put my tools away and snap a picture, when the skies opened up with a hard driving rain. I had at least 3 tricky points on the house and garage joints. They held up well, not a drop made it through the roof and there is still some flashing to go on, now that the shingles are done.

One half bundle of shingles left. They will be a start on the house shingles that I will have to do in a year or two.

Well my legs, butt cheeks and hips demand a day of rest tomorrow.

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1952

Well I almost forgot but here are this weeks shop notes highlights.

How do you know your getting old? When it takes you two days to do a one day roofing job.lol. Got 2/3 of the shingles done on the breezeway roof yesterday. The weather may not co-operate but hopefully finish today. I'll post some pics. if I get it done.

In this weeks shop notes lots of info. articles for around the shop, a couple of nice drill press and chuck articles, knurling in the lathe, hand punches, knifemaking  and an article on use of the dado head.There is a great little plan for a belt sander and lots of great accessories for the metal lathe.

To download this file click the link " Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1952"

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Handyman's Workshop And Laboratory"

The forecast looks better for tomorrow, so put the shingling off for another day, still puttering away with the house and garage joints and boxing in the end gable. Made a quick trip into town for some flashing this morning, on the way home came on a transport pulled over with lights flashing. Slowed down as I approached, there was a huge black bear dead on the shoulder of the road just behind the truck. They usually just keep on trucking, must have caused some damage to the truck. Where's your camera when you need it. lol.

So here is a book that some may find better old time fireside reading than useful. I would disagree there are lots of good ideas here with some imaginative updating. "Handyman's Workshop And Laboratory" was compiled from "Scientific American" magazine and published by Munn and Co. Inc. It is a large volume at 504 pages and covers a large variety of workshop activities woodwork, metalwork, electrical, laboratory chemistry, model making and others.

This information is from another time so much care must be taken with some of the chemistry stuff, modern methods may have deemed old methods unsafe.

There are plans for a great little shed workshop, a very interesting pedal powered multi-machine and even a model of a powered Wright Bros. biplane. Lots of interesting old stuff here.

Download "Handyman's Workshop And Laboratory" on my Books - Free Downloads page.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shingling A Roof

Stayed cold and overcast all day, made it a day of rest except for a little exercise. Placed all the shingles on the roof ready for installation. Tip: for manual placement (lacking a forklift or loader) place them early in the morning or on a cool day, 70 lbs up a ladder is allot easier when they are stiff than when soft and flopping around.

A little roofing math, one shingle bundle covers 32.3 sq. ft. thats the same as one sheet of plywood or osb. One bundle also contains 68 linear ft. of shingles, I reduce this number to an even 50 ft. to account for waste ( you will get some waste, less than most contractors if you cut and utilize the left over after each row) you will require double coverage at the starting edge and the finishing row on shed roofs, triple on gable type roofs. I have 36 ft. of starting and finishing edge. All the edges will first get a layer of roofing paper.

So heres what we have.
16 sheets of osb = 16 bundles of shingles
36' of edge = 1 bundle of shingles 
So 17 bundles of shingles will do the job with a little left over.
The two sloping edges will also get double coverage, I have 3/4 of a bundle left over from other jobs to cover this.

So hopefully I will get the work done tomorrow that I didn't do yesterday and today, and start on the shingles Tuesday.


Rained all day yesterday, got wet and picked up my shingles anyway. Still raining this morning, hopefully it will stop and I'll get a little work done this afternoon.

In the meantime to keep the interested, interested, here is an excellent little book on pattern making. "Pattern-Making" was published in 1921 and covers the equipment and methods used very well. There is a large number of specific examples of machine parts with drawings and molding procedures. Many of the parts are outdated but the equipment and procedures remain mostly the same. Very useful information for the home hobbyist learning to make and cast his own patterns.

"Pattern-Making" can be downloaded on my Books - Free Downloads page.