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Transcriber's Note:

If the pdf version of the book is viewed using facing pages with even numbered pages on the left, you will see a close approximation of the original book.

Notations of the form "(1,650) 2" appear at the bottom of some pages; they are probably printer's references for assembling to book.

The text only version is of limited use because of the many figures used. I recommend the pdf or rtf versions.

Some of the projects should be approached with care since they involve corrosive or explosive chemicals, electricity and steam boilers.

Do not use lead solder, particularly on cooking utensils.

Whether you simply want to travel back into the mind of a young boy at the beginning of the twentieth century, or want to try your hand at some interesting projects in carpentry, machinery, kites and many other areas, have fun.

The following are definitions of unusual (to me) terms used frequently in the text.


Batten Narrow strip of wood.

Bevel (Bevelling) A cut that is not a right angle.

Bradawl Awl with a beveled tip to make holes in wood for brads or screws.

Chamfer Cut off the edge or corner; bevel.

Boss Enlarged part of a shaft where another shaft is coupled or a wheel or gear is keyed.

Broach To shape a hole with a tapered tool.

Carbide Calcium carbide, used to produce acetylene (C2H2) gas for lighting and welding.

Compo "Composition", like plastic.

Creosote An oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained from coal tar. Used as a wood preservative and disinfectant. Can cause severe neurological disturbances if inhaled.

Deal A fir or pine board of standard dimensions

Fish plate A plate bolted to the sides of two abutting railroad tracks.

Fretworking Ornamental design, often in relief.

Gasholder Gasometer Storage container for fuel gas, especially a large, telescoping, cylindrical tank.

Gland The outer sleeve of a stuffing box that prevents leakage past a moving machine part.

Glass paper Paper faced with pulverized glass, like sandpaper.

Gudgeon A metal pivot or journal at the end of a shaft or an axle, around which a wheel or other device turns.

Joiner A cabinetmaker.

Linoleum A floor covering made in sheets by pressing heated linseed oil, rosin, powdered cork, and pigments onto a burlap or canvas backing.

Lissom Easily bent; supple

Longitudinal Relating to length.

Mortice Cavity in a piece of wood or other material, prepared to receive a tenon and form a joint.

Panel saw Handsaw with fine teeth.

Pinion Gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger gear.

Plinth Architectural support or base.

Rasp Coarse file with sharp, raised, pointed projections.

Sleeper Railroad crosstie.

Spanner Wrench

Spirit Lamp Alcohol lamp; see example on page 188.

Spirit Alcohol

Strake Ridge of thick planking on the side of a wooden ship.

Strut Any part designed to hold things apart or resist compressive stress;

Tap Cut screw threads

Tenon Projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.

Tenon saw Saw with a thin blade for cutting tenons.

Tinning Coating with soft solder.

Turner Person who operates a lathe or similar device.

Tyre Tire

Vestas Matches; Vestai is the Roman goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing the sacred fire tended by the vestal virgins.

Currency Conversion

Prices are quoted in old English currency, pounds, shillings, pence.

"12s. 6d." is read as "12 Shillings and 6 Pence."

Pence/penny Shilling 12 pence. Crown 5 shillings. Pound 20 shillings. Guinea 21 shillings.

The approximate value of 1900 prices in 2002 is: 1900 Unit Value in 2002 Currency English Pound US Dollars Pence .26 .48 Shilling 3.10 5.80 Crown 15... Continue reading book >>

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