Tools and Workshop
40 Power Tools You Can Make
40 Power Tools You Can Make
Paperback      ISBN: 1933502207
Originally published by Popular Mechanics in 1941, this classic manual is a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of American craftsmen. The collected projects, written by various craftsmen, demonstrate how to build a 10-inch thickness planer, a “swing saw” (or cut-off saw), and a hand-built hydraulic press, in addition to drill presses, jigsaws, sanders, bending brakes, band saws, a wood lathe, and many other useful machines. All of these machines are built with simple and highly available materials, and every project is accompanied by the original instructions, illustrations, and measured drawings. In addition, this vintage reprint offers its readers a unique look into a period in American history—when materials and labor were stretched thin, and American craftsmen were forced to “bootstrap” solutions out of the bare essentials available to them.
5-Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
5-Gallon Bucket Book
DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Paperback      ISBN: 0760347891
Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it? Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers?The 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 101 ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work. Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken nesting boxes to much more complex projects (hydroelectric generator, anyone?). For anyone who doesn't already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage,The 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.
The Big Book of Wooden Locks: Complete Plans for Nine Working Wooden Locks
The Big Book of Wooden Locks
Complete Plans for Nine Working Wooden Locks
Paperback      ISBN: 161035222x
These unique projects for making working locks entirely from wood will present an an exciting challenge to woodworkers. “The Big Book of Wooden Locks

Black & Decker Small Space Workshops: How to Create & Use a Downsized Workshop. Bonus: 12 Complete Benchtop Projects
Black & Decker Small Space Workshops
How to Create & Use a Downsized Workshop. Bonus: 12 Complete Benchtop Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 1591866898
Are you a frustrated woodworker or crafter whose need to create is inhibited by a lack of space? If you have downsized from your large family home or simply chosen to take up residence in an apartment or condo, you don't have to give up on your dreams of working with your hands! With the savvy tips and thorough information found in BLACK+DECKER Small Space Workshops, you can create a functional, satisfying workspace in spaces as small as a closet. Written by Larry Okrend, lifelong woodworker and former editor of one of the largest handyman magazines in the US, this thoughtful new book covers all the issues that creating a small-space shop presents, including storage, ventilation, lighting, electrical service, dust and sound control, and shop layout. Complete with a dozen space-efficient layout plans, this beautifully photographed how-to guide has a solution for every situation. Plus, you'll find detailed plans and how-to instructions for 12 handy workshop aides to help you get the most from your tiny shop. The book also features a lengthy discussion on choosing space-saving tools, convertible and multi-use furnishings, niches, and work surfaces with tiny footprints and of course a host of storage products, tips, and strategies. Created under the direction of the experts at BLACK+DECKER, this valuable book opens new doors to let your creativity out, even if you have only a few square feet to work in.
The Complete Guide to Sharpening
The Complete Guide to Sharpening
Paperback      ISBN: 1561581259
Discusses sharpening equipment, explains techniques and methods, and provides step-by step instructions for sharpening everything from chisels to drill bits
Essential Guide to the Steel Square
Essential Guide to the Steel Square
Paperback      ISBN: 1565238915
For centuries, the steel square has been a mainstay in the toolbox of skilled craftsmen. In the hands of someone who knows how to use it, this simple tool can quickly solve many common construction problems involving angles, arcs, circles, and squares. With the help of the Essential Guide to the Steel Square, anyone can unlock the helpful secrets of this valuable, time-honored tool. Packed with hundreds of clear illustrations and diagrams, skill-building exercises, and simple rules of thumb, this handy reference will show any curious carpenter, woodworker, or serious do-it-yourselfer how indispensable the steel square can be in building stairs, roofs, rafters, and practically anything else. No batteries are required—your steel square can solve many problems that your smart phone can’t!
Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools
Making and Understanding Stone Tools
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 029279083x
> "...very attractive to readers interested in ancient crafts, survival skills, or the history of technology.... far superior to anything currently available." > > —James C. Woods, director, The Herrett Museum, College of Southern Idaho > > "A mid-range user's guide to flintknapping is long overdue. There have been some admirable attempts to produce such a volume, but these have been targeted at specific, fairly narrow audiences. Not so with Flintknapping.... [Whittaker's] clear aim is to reach professional archaeologists as well as hobbyists. I believe he achieves this goal with incredible skill and humor.... I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in flintknapping." > > —Plains Anthropologist Flintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them. Flintknapping contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide range of techniques. He includes information on necessary tools and materials, as well as step-by-step instructions for making several basic stone tool types. Numerous diagrams allow the reader to visualize the flintknapping process, and drawings of many stone tools illustrate the discussions and serve as models for beginning knappers. Written for a wide amateur and professional audience, Flintknapping will be essential for practicing knappers as well as for teachers of the history of technology, experimental archaeology, and stone tool analysis.
Getting Started With Handplanes: How to Choose, Set Up, and Use Planes for Fantastic Results
Getting Started With Handplanes
How to Choose, Set Up, and Use Planes for Fantastic Results
Paperback      ISBN: 1565238850
With this book and a well-chosen and correctly maintained set of planes, you will be able to handle any type of wood in every woodworking situation. In an age of power tools the traditional handplane still has a place. Working with handplanes is often quicker, and leaves a cleaner finish. Versatile handplanes can be used as a router, thickness planer, or edger. They can accomplish jobs that would otherwise require expensive, specialized power tools. Author and woodworking instructor Scott Wynn teaches how to choose, set up, maintain, and master the basic variations of this indispensable hand tool. Scott shows how to discern the difference between each style of plane, how to select one that's best for your approach to woodworking, and how to setup and maintain different types. Getting Started with Handplanes is loaded with technically rich diagrams, illustrations, practical advice, and skill building exercises.
Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings
Hand Tools
Their Ways and Workings
Paperback      ISBN: 0393322769
A longtime woodworker's illustrated guide to the tools of the trade and how to use them.
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them: A Classic of American Invention and Know How
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them
A Classic of American Invention and Know How
Paperback      ISBN: 1602391033
Dating from the Golden Age of American Farming, this volume is both a tribute to days gone by and a resource for present day homeowners, farmers, and ranchers striving toward greater self-sufficiency. Here you will find hundreds of clever ways to transform those odds and ends that might seem like junk into very useful gadgets and tools, from a treadmill that can power a dairy separator and churn, to a drinking fountain for chickens. Other devices include a rig for moving large trees; a self-feeder for bees; a hand garden cultivator; and gates that lift over snowdrifts. It’s full of useful illustrations and includes a whole section of tried-and-true tips.