Thursday, January 4, 2018

2X4 Chainsaw Mill And 12" Cupola

So from my project binders comes 2 more plans. The first is a easy 2 x 4 chainsaw lumber mill by Will Malloff. The plan is a compressed version of the plan in his book (see review above) "Chainsaw Lumbermaking" and comes out of Fine woodworking magazine. Both are published by The Taunton Press, the editor included the article in what is basically a book review. Here's the article, there are more details and pictures in the book.

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 The second plan is from Mechanics Notebook # 12 reprinted by Lindsey Publications. As mentioned in a previous post this is another cupola plan. This one averages out to 12" bore below the stack outlet. This one is unique in that the working section can be rolled out from under the stack section for cleaning, repairs and even charging for a short run. It has a drop bottom making cleaning even easier. For the small user you can skip the charging door and charge with the working section pulled out and melt up to 400 + lbs of iron per charge. For a small outfit in the casting business you can use the charging door and melt 1500 lbs/hr. on a continuous basis. Truly a nice well thought out design. His suggestion that larger cupolas have there bore reduced by adding temporary refractory, in order to reduce there capacities, in times of economic downturns, is exactly what was done during the thirties depression and subsequent downturns.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1972

So pickings were pretty slim this week, lots of dated furniture plans and tool articles that are closer to advertisements. The content is still consistent with lots of short shop tips and tricks, a bit for drilling glass,modifying bolts in the lathe, machining aluminum, radial saw hold down for ripping thin material and a small sheet metal brake made out of wood.

There is a plan for a 1/2 HP 1/2" wood shaper and a nice looking hand operated arbor press. A article on wood joinery and another article on bench saw know-how with some neat tricks for your table saw.

Click Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1972 to download. 2 MB - pdf

Vertical Vise And a Cupola From My Project Binders

Please note I am no longer using light box for image display I found images would not open to original size and resolution was poor for page images. Since I have been posting lots of page images lately for short plans and articles, my apologies. Now when you click on an image it will open in a full size page. If that is not original size, click image to expand to original size. I think you will find this much better reading and viewing.

Here are a couple of interesting plans from my project binders. When I am browsing the web and I come across a plan I like, I usually print it off rather than risk not finding it again and I like paper copies. This works ok but it starts to take up space after a while. Here's over 6000 pages in binders.

I also have a love for good patents with details, to that end here's my collection of workshop and yard tools and machine patents, 10,000 + pages. If there's any interest I'll upload more from these two sources in the future.

So first from my blacksmithing binder comes this great vertical vise By Brian Gilbert, editor of "The Hammer's Blow" newsletter. I liked this the minute I saw it, probably build one this summer for my metalworking and ventilated shops, cut and dig a cube in the floor or pull a patio stone and fill with concrete with a hole in the center to slip the vise in.

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This one is from one of my project binders and was originally published in Mechanix Illustrated. Don't know if the time will ever present itself but I have always wanted to build a small cupola just for thrills. This is a 9" bore cupola and would be better operated as a cupolette batch melter than as a cupola continuous melter. The design does not include a slag port, you can keep an eye on the slag build up in a batch melter better than in a long continuous melt. If you fill the tuyeres with slag, your done, down for repairs.

The other concern is the size of the bore 9" is about as small as you can go. The only fuel that you can use that will not cause you problems is metallurgical coke. Now a days you pretty well have to live near a foundry or steel mill to get it. You can do it in larger cupolas with charcoal or coal, the ancients even did it with wood before charcoal was developed but it was very inefficient with much metal being oxidized up the vent. Browsing the web many home hobbyists have tried 9 and 10 inch bore units with charcoal, with less than satisfactory results. 12" or larger bores might be more successful with charcoal. I have a few plans for larger bore cupolas that I might upload at a later date.

If you can get the coke this is a nice little furnace that can be easily run on your own relatively safe.

Here is a picture that has made the rounds, around the web and in foundry books. The picture was taken in 1898 in Shanghai, pretty primitive. Apparently this was the state of most foundries in China at that time. Mind boggling how far they have come in a little over 100 years.

And here's your chuckle for the day. A chuckle only because no one got hurt. Its amazing one of those boilers didn't go KABOOM.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Art Of Woodworking And Furniture Making

So as mentioned in the last post I spent a lot of my spare time the last little while scanning this great little book. Good resolution sends my file sizes through the roof and so there's a balance that I have to reach. I am still playing with different settings to reach a point where the files have max. usefulness and still reasonable upload times.

The Art Of Woodworking And Furniture Making by A. Gregory was published in 1946. The emphasis of instruction is on sound construction, good workmanship and well-selected materials.Embellishments are limited to well-designed handles and moldings. Many of the 42 examples of fine furniture outlined, remind me of a few different styles (arts and crafts come to mind). A couple of the pieces bring to mind the joinery and designs of the master cabinetmaker James Krenov as does the instructive literature.

The book starts off with a discussion of the joinery used in well built furniture with clear illustrations of each. There is a good discussion of proportion, the emphasis being sizing for use, the user, and the materials being utilized. It then follows up with 42 fine examples of construction with pictures and drawings. the final chapters are discussions of plywood and laminated board, veneering and inlaying, and ends with wood finishing; handles and fittings.

All in all very good information for building quality furniture you will be proud of. I found this in a dark corner of a used book store many years ago. I have not found it on the web, if I missed it, I blame my slow connection,ha ha.

To download "The Art Of Woodworking and Furniture Making" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 44 - 14 MB - pdf

Sunday, December 31, 2017

"How To Make Woodwork Tools"

Happy New Year Everyone
May all your goals be fulfilled in 2018
And all your projects exceed your expectations.

So here's a nice small book for the woodworker who likes to work wood with hand tools of his own making. Charles Hayward wrote a number of books as a woodworking journalist back in the 40's and 50's. "How To Make Woodwork Tools" appears to be a collection of his articles in Woodworker magazine and published in book form by Evans Bros. Ltd. If you are familiar with Robert Wearing's great books on making your own tools, Charles Hayward's books may have been the precursor that provided inspiration.

To download "How To Make Woodwork Tools" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 43 - 5.4 MB - pdf

For the woodworker, check back here in the new year, I am currently working on a scan and clean-up of a excellent book on the art of woodworking and furniture making, that I found back in 93, in a great little used book store, in Belleville Ont. Published in 1946 the solid construction and appealing designs are timeless.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

American Machinist And Mechanic's Notebook Projects

Its been way to cold to go anywhere near the outdoors ha ha, -32*C, -42 with the wind chill last night. Nothing I could do except feed the wood stove, nurse a bottle of premium CC and ginger ale, and read a few good books. I also took the time today to play with my flat bed scanner and make a couple of pdf"s. I had a couple of short compilations of projects from American Machinist and some other old magazines that Lindsey Publications had put together back in the 80's and sold for 2 or 3 bucks each in his catalog.

Its a time consuming project to scan, import into word, resize and clean up, convert to pdf save a copy and then reduce the res. on a second copy so its small enough to upload in a reasonable amount of time. It's nice to see the finished product though. I have 1.5 GB of American Machinist magazines and twice that much in American and Canadian Machinery mags. These were all big in the first quarter of the last century, but if you like old iron these old mags are fascinating. I am hoping to make more compilations in the future.

As mentioned these two were compiled by Lindsey Publications. I have seen 1 or 2 of these projects circulated on the web, but most of it is fresh or hard to find material for the web. The first is a 15 page compilation of metalworking projects from American Machinist including some good molding information for casting.

To download "Projects From American Machinist" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 41 - 4 MB - pdf

The second compilation was put together from projects in a number of electrical and engineering magazines from 1916 to 1926. There are some nice projects here for the home shop tinkerer, some small chemical balance scales, a universal lathe attachment, a small carbon arc crucible furnace, a practical high frequency Tesla coil, that will fry you if your not careful. From the article "Constant caution will well repay, and is preferred to saying it with flowers". No beating around the bush there, ha ha. There is a small surface grinder, I have seen this on the web but never the whole article. You will also find a neat simple hand milling machine, and a 1 HP gasoline engine of simple construction.

To download "Mechanics Notebook 20" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 42 - 9 MB - pdf  

Even if you choose not to play with these ideas in the shop, they make for interesting reading.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1971

The last two weeks have put a good dent in my woodpile, IT'S COLD!! and apparently its headed south. Don't blame Canada, apparently the Russians blew it over, ha ha.

So another shop notes highlights, in this issue you will find lots of lathe based projects and a number of other small single page projects. There is a die holder for threading in the lathe, a carriage limit switch, a lathe indexing attachment, a lathe center indicator, a ball turning attachment and an article on turning plastics in the lathe.

For the woodworker there is a very nice small cabinet workbench for the small shop, a very solid looking tenoning attachment, and an early American gossip bench that would make a beautiful little piece of furniture for a childes room.

Click Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1971 to download. 3 MB - pdf

Ultimate Sliding Table/Crosscut Sled

Yes here is another "Ultimate Sled" This one is unique in that it's main function is as a large capacity and easily accurate European style sliding table, without the high cost and it will not take up all the floor space in your small shop. When your done you simply lift the table off without the use of a single tool and hang it on the wall and the great little outboard support horse, or horses, can be used for other functions around the shop.

As can be seen above, capacity is huge and can be used with any saw with a miter slot and will make your contractor saw more useful and accurate than it was ever intended to be. It will not cost you $1000 to build, take up a year of your spare time to build and require many adjustments to set up. Some MDF, plywood and hardwood scraps from around the shop, some hardware from the local hardware store and a length of Kreg top track is all you will need. I would consider the build difficulty in the medium range within the grasp of most if not all home hobbyists. There are improvements that can be done for the ambitious such as roller skate wheels in the outboard support horse, to make handling heavy panels easier but the sled looks great as it is.

For those who would like to build this, if you are like me and have a collection of Fine Woodworking magazines, you will find the article in their 2008 July/August issue. For a lower res.scan of the article, you can download the 3 MB pdf here Ultimate Sliding Table/Crosscut Sled .

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Off Topic: Can The Pats Do It Again??

So can old man Brady pull it out of his butt again, he's hard to bet against. Potential challengers like Wilson and Newton have all choked when it counts, Rogers is out of it now but he couldn't have done it anyway without some protection, big Ben's time is running out. Still have the play offs, but like I said the Pats are hard to bet against.

Can't mention Brady without mentioning the Gronk, those big catcher's mitts for hands are an easy target for Brady's aging eyesight lol. Joking aside after breaking many records these two old timers may still break a few more records, and have been the source of a few exciting games the last few years. Should make for another exciting super bowl game.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas

Not My tree but it could be, maybe next year.

Very Merry Xmas and lots of gifts under the Xmas tree.