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Whether you’re planning on going green in your workshop or prefer working with traditional hand tools, here’s some old plans for a pedal driven lathe.

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926_4HNot one plan for you to day my DIY friends, but 21. A whole book actually. Kansas 4H Woodworking Plans published  by Kansas State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.

21 plans of various degree of difficulty for handy children and youth out there in the sticks.

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Who hasn’t played table hockey at one time or another? It’s great fun, and you may have noticed how simple the “rink” really is. So why go out and buy a ready-made when you can make one yourself! With its small number of parts and simple joints, this is a great project for those with beginner level skills. You’ll gain experience in making dados and rabbets with a table saw, laying out and making parts from a template and doing multicolour staining prior to assembly and finishing. So go ahead and build, shoot and score!

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These plans for a Mission-style oak rack was published in Volume 14, Issue 4 of The Woodworker’s Journal July/Aug. 1990 and it is the perfect place to display those prized plates and cups or collectibles. A 10′ length of 3/4" thick by 6-1/4" wide stock will provide all the wood parts.

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As I mentioned my own woodwork plans are only in pdf format as I prefer to check my plans on a flat screen hooked up to one of my laptops rather than on a lot of loose drawings on paper. You’ll find the plans for the shelf HERE

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Do-it-yourself woodwork project from Popular Mechanics, June 1939.

Plans and description in JPG and PDF format here

Tear yourself away from the computer and head for the workshop
😉 – Ted

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Do-it-yourself project from Popular Mechanics, October 1937.

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Do-it-yourself project from Popular Mechanics, September 1939

With a reeded, column motif, this table is keeping with the modern trend in design, and if desired, it can be reduced in size to make a smoking stand, or enlarged to make a corner cabinet.

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The simplicity of this smartly styled occasional table makes it particularly appealing to the craftsman who work with hand tools.

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DIY project from Popular Mechanics,June 1940

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This magazine rack permits the magazines to lie flat on three receding shelves which makes it easy to select them.

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DIY project from Popular Mechanics, March 1941

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Your delicate china and other such treasured pieces of art glass antique ceramics and porcelain will be protected from dust and damage when displayed in a wall cabinet with sliding glass doors such as the one shown to the left here.
This cabinet was made from mahogany but any other suitable wood may be used.

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DIY project from Popular Mechanics September 1958

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Neat modern lines and simplicity of construction are features of this compact umbrella stand. I holds four umbrellas but may easily be enlarged or made smaller. A 7 inch pie plate is used to collect whatever water drips from the umbrellas.

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DIY project from Popular Science November 1937

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From an article in Popular Mechanic’s 1942 January issue

This distinctive tie cabinet in early-American style is an attractive piece of man’s furniture. In it ties are hung separately from dowels. The front is fitted with a mirror, and a small drawer at the bottom is handy for keeping cuff and collar buttons, tie clasps and pins.

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From an article in Popular Science’s 1940 August issue.

Portable beach dressing rooms have so many merits in respect to convenience, cleanliness, and privacy when compared with the average bathhouse locker room that they are becoming popular at some of the better beaches in the U S.

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From an article in Popular Science’s 1940 October issue

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An unoccupied space on the kitchen wall can be put to good use by installing a modern folding breakfast table. Plywood 5/8” thick is an excellent material to use.

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The multiple usefulness of the “wagon seat” type of tray, with one side open for convenient serving was discovered long ago, and such trays have been popular ever since. One of these trays give a real helping hand when serving guests in the living room or out on the lawn.

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Build this low-cost flat-bottom boat for your fishing trips. Plans and descriptions from Popular Mechanics’ May issue from 1959 in jpg and pdf format here

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