How to Build Your Own Workshop Equipment - Arthur Wakeling - 1952 Edition
Tools alone do not make a workshop... it is fortunate indeed that the amateur mechanic can construct if he wishes , practically all the equipment needed in his shop aside from the tools themselves. And by doing so, he can save a great idea of money and also provide himself with exactly what he requires to carry out the types of work in which he is most interested. (from the Preface)
In the 1950s, when you wanted to do some improvements to your kitchen you had to start at the beginning. Not in the actual cook space, not in the lumber yard or not even in your tool shed. You had to start in the place where all home improvement dreams are born - the workshop. If you wanted to make a kitchen table or build some cabinets or lay some new flooring, your workshop was the place where your ideas turned into reality.
This book, How to Build Your Own Workshop Equipment, edited by Arthur Wakeling, the Consulting Editor for The Home Craftsman Magazine, was your ultimate guide to get your workshop up and running with handmade tools, tables and accessories. Published in 1952, it takes readers through 170 different projects to make the workshop organized, functional and accessible.
With diagrams and photographs on each page for each project, there are expected builds like tool cabinets, work benches, saw horses, and machine chests but there are also an array of DIY projects as well including handmade clamping equipment and vises, steam boxes, drafting tables, panel gauges, board and breakers, circle rulers, miter boxes, circular saw sharpeners, electric screwdrivers, even how to make a ceramics kiln... the list goes on and on.
With space and economy in mind, this book carefully speaks to the average home woodworker with an adequate skill level and an enthusiastic interest in woodworking. You don't need to be a highly skilled craftsman to undertake the projects here - just have a basic understanding of mechanical practices and an appreciation for custom design. The woodworking experts that contributed this book will guide you through the rest.
Published during the post-WWII years, when the housing market was booming and both men and women expressed an interest in DIY home improvement projects, this book helped orchestrate creative, self-sustainable living. With a nod toward midcentury design, this book will be especially exciting for any woodworker with a can-do-it attitude and an interest in making their space entirely their own.
- Published in 1952
- 255 pages
- 170 projects
- Detailed step-by-step-instructions. materials list, photographs and diagrams
In lovely vintage condition. The original dust jacket is in great shape with just one scuff mark on the bottom corner near the spine and a few small rips along the top edge. The interior of the book is clean and bright with no markings, spots or stains of any kind. wit the exception of the previous owner's first name written on the front endpaper.
Measures 8.75" inches (length)x 5.75" inches (width) x .75" inches (thickness) and weighs just under 1lb.