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WORK No. 109- Published April 18, 1891  

04/18/2014







Foundation learning this week in Work. Bone up on knots & splicing as well as screw threads for metalwork. Perfect for anyone working on a sail-driven engine lathe. You know who you are.


As long as we're at it, check out the thread pattern on our Milwaukee Quick-Release Bench Vises.

It combines the features of the "square" and "trapezoidal" patterns and usually called a Buttress thread. Compare this to the pure trapezoidal thread of Joel's antique Record vise below. Bear in mind that the Milwaukee employs a floating half-nut for automatic release, while Joel's Record uses a lever bar to disengage the threads and you will see how each is perfectly suited to the task. -T



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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Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects,Misc.
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WORK No. 108- Published April 11, 1891  

04/11/2014







Strap in everybody, we've got another packed issue of Work! There's something for everyone, to be sure, but the prize for this week's most interesting article goes to "A TANGENT GALVANOMETER FOR WOOD TURNERS." Science geeks and lathe fiends alike should get a kick out of this one.

A tangent galvanometer is a device that measures electrical current by pitting the field strength of an energized coil against the earth's magnetic field. After some initial calibration, the vector sum of the competing fields can be read on a simple compass needle set into the illustrated dial. The device can also be reconfigured to measure the magnitude of the earth's magnetic field. A boon to many fields of study, without a doubt. According to the article, The Post Office employed the finest quality galvanometers. At first I was puzzled by this, but Joel suggested they might have been used in some way for telegraphy.

Just in case the tangent galvanometer isn't your cup of tea, we have two David Denning articles; one on building a hall stand and one on French polishing. For all the Scouts in the audience, I've also posted a diagram from this week's issue showing how to lift heavy objects using only ropes and scaffold members. This ought to be of some interest for anyone working on their Pioneering merit badge. -TIM





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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WORK No. 107- Published April 4, 1891  

04/04/2014





Frame builders beware. Here is the 1891 ride of your dreams. You just have to make it. First time building a bike? No problem. This serialized article promises to walk you through every step of fabricating and assembling the more than "320 parts, counting the chain as one part." Before you start wringing your hands, let me put forward a modest proposal. Scroll on.

Work covers a number of other fairly awesome topics this issue: "Electro-Gilding" for jewelry, ornamental fretwork for boxes, "Promiscuous Exercises in Chemical Analysis," and decorative glass working for furniture, courtesy of David Denning. Good sense and decorum would have you believe that these articles are written in service of disparate pursuits. To this I say, "hogwash."

Clearly, all of the means, modes, and methods described this week should be directed back toward the construction of an undeniably stellar bicycle. Think about it. I defy the lot of you to show me a steel diamond frame that wouldn't benefit from some exquisite fretwork and a little electro-gilding. Still with me?

There are even a few remarks in "SHOP" that cover enameling and clear coats such as would suffice for cycle frames. Coincidence? I think not. It's springtime in 1891 too you know, and stylish steeds are never out of fashion. Granted, the inclusion of some beveled, decorative glass might be a little imprudent for general pedaling, but with the appropriate gasketing, some anti-vibration mounts, and a reliable pair of safety goggles, most of the risk will be from the seething jealousy of onlookers. Ride safe! -TIM


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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Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects,Misc.
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WORK No. 106- Published March 28, 1891  

03/28/2014











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.


• Click to Download Vol.3 - No. 106 •




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WORK No. 105- Published March 21, 1891  

03/21/2014







Welcome to Volume 3 of Work! Before we get down to business: a little housekeeping. After all, spring is in the air! Last week I posted a subject and illustration index of Volume 2; handy for anyone wishing to look back on the last 12 months of Work.

This week, I'm posting the index for Volume 3. Click on the image to the right for a taste of what's on tap for the coming year.

Are appetites sufficiently whetted? I hope so. Now on to today's issue. It's a doozy. Scroll down to get an idea of the wealth on offer in No. 105. The editors down at La Belle Sauvage managed to pack in more articles than usual this week. Famed contributor, David Denning, even has a piece on french polishing. Enjoy! -T








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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WORK No. 104- Published March 14, 1891  

03/14/2014






Another year has come and gone. Volume 2 of Work is at its end. Volume 3 will dawn next Friday.

For you loyal Workateers, as well as those of you just joining the fray, you can click on the thumbnail to the left for an Index of Volume 2. Topics, illustrations, and "SHOP" articles going back twelve months are listed therein. I've had a lot of requests for this document, so I'm very happy to be able to post it now.

Fair warning to all, the following volumes of Work will come from bound library copies, and for reasons known only to long dead librarians, the advertisements have all been cut out. I suppose we'll all have to make do with only our fond memories of Beecham's and Bovril. Each an indispensable panacea for the bilious and nervous disorders of this modern age.

Now bear with me for the boring bits:




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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Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects,Misc.
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