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Things to Make by Archibald Williams is a wonderfully informative and engaging book that offers a wide range of exciting projects for both kids and adults. Throughout the book, Williams provides step-by-step instructions accompanied by detailed illustrations, making it easy to follow along and complete each project successfully.

One of the aspects that stands out the most in this book is its diversity of projects. From simple paper crafts to more complex woodworking, Williams covers a wide array of activities that cater to different interests and skill levels. Whether you're looking to create a homemade toy, a useful household item, or even a unique gift, this book has got you covered.

The instructions provided are clear and concise, making it accessible for people of all ages. Williams takes the time to explain the materials needed for each project and offers helpful tips and tricks along the way. This attention to detail ensures that readers will have a smooth experience while crafting and will be encouraged to experiment and explore their creativity.

What I found particularly enjoyable about this book is the variety of materials used. While some projects might require common items found around the house, others might involve unconventional materials such as cardboard, plastic, or even recycled objects. This not only encourages eco-friendly practices but also sparks inspiration by showing readers that everyday items can be transformed into something truly amazing.

As an avid DIY enthusiast, I appreciated how Things to Make balanced its practicality with its educational value. This book not only provides a platform for individuals to showcase their crafting abilities but also teaches important concepts such as measurement, design, and problem-solving. It encourages readers to think critically and promotes a sense of accomplishment upon completing each project.

Overall, Things to Make by Archibald Williams is a highly recommended book for anyone looking to engage in creative projects. Its comprehensive range of activities, easy-to-follow instructions, and educational value make it a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced crafters alike. Whether you're looking for a new hobby or simply seeking inspiration for your next project, this book is sure to ignite your imagination and provide hours of entertainment.

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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... Continue reading book >>

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