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WORK No. 135 - Published October 17, 1891  

10/17/2014









Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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WORK No. 134 - Published October 10, 1891  

10/10/2014




"Nil mortalibus ardui est!" A quote from Horace, lifted from this week's cover story. Loosely: "nothing is impossible for humankind." A grand reference to Prometheus in service of a magnificent article on an early electrical device. Shamelessly, I'm reappropriating the quote in service of some practical instruction found elsewhere in No. 134. Not wishing to take away from the construction of the Winter Electrical Machine, it nevertheless bears being said we receive much more inquiry on the subject of scraper sharpening.



Along similar lines, I'd like to call attention to this helpful entry found in this week's "SHOP." Figuring out insanely flat curves might not come up very often in your shop, but when it does you'll know to reach for these methods. The trick in Figure 4 strikes me as being the most useful for smaller work. -T





Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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WORK No. 133 - Published October 3, 1891  

10/03/2014




Introducing Marisa, a welcome addition to the Work Magazine Reprint Project! Today marks her first blog entry, but by no means her first contribution to the project. Take a moment to say hello in the comments. -T

As a somewhat new member to the Tools for Working Wood team, and brand new to helping with Work Magazine, I'm not sure I can default to the "write what you know" when it comes to holdfasts or lathes or grindstones. But I can write about what I see. As Tim and I sat down to look through this week's issue, we happened upon a scribing block that was sitting on his desk. Scribing blocks it is! I snapped some photos of the ones here in the shop, the first one set with a new file holder the guys have been working on for the Foley Saw filing machine. (Which you can read about in Joel's blog)









Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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WORK No. 132 - Published September 26, 1891  

09/26/2014




"Most of the readers of Work, I daresay, have hobbies." Thanks dude. I'll just leave these plans here. Click the moulding detail to get a face full of section lining. -T









Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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WORK No. 131 - Published September 19, 1891  

09/19/2014






Hi everyone. Now and then we'll have an article appear in work that prompts me to reiterate our Disclaimer. For those of you just tuning in there's a disclaimer below that begins: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today.

Cultural hindsight being what it is, we tend to look gravely upon historical industrial practice, lest we doom ourselves to repeat licking radium off paintbrushes or delousing each other with DDT. It's extremely important to admit to ourselves that humanity's track record with dangerous materials is fraught with unwitting tragedy and overconfident bungling, so we can approach new technology with due care and respect.

Then again, this gig would be no fun if we didn't allow ourselves a chuckle at the bad idea potluck. The long nonsense to our left is an asbestos-cloaked chain for plumbers to use when making lead joints. Genius. It stops one from having to clumsily spoon and splash lead into a hastily formed gasket of clay. It's probably not as bad as it sounds. (I found a better looking video here but the plumber makes a bad joint) Nowadays we run lead joints with fiberglass.

For my next trick, allow me to to direct your attention to the Timed Incendiary Device that you can keep next to your bed! You build it yourself, and it masquerades as something of an alarm clock-cum-teakettle! Guaranteed to serve up your morning cuppa with a blazing house fire. This from the same country that brought us Lloyd's. Even if you don't incinerate yourself you run the risk of being late for work because your alarm clock ran out of fuel.




If you're rather done being sickened by the the antics of suicidal tinkers, by all means check out the article "Notes On Hand Saws." It's full of wisdom and good sense. Choosing, Sharpening, and Setting hand saws are all covered by none other than Manfred Powis Bale, the author of Woodworking Machinery as well as other no-nonsense titles. He does wax ecstatic about the miracle mineral on page 265, even going so far as to proclaim that the best asbestos may be found in the Italian Alps. -T



PS: Learn more about lead from my new favorite YouTube channel, Periodic Videos.


Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects,Misc.
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WORK No. 130 - Published September 12, 1891  

09/12/2014









Disclaimer: Articles in Work: The Illustrated Weekly Journal for Mechanics describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.


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