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a1012_mission styleFrom the books preface: ADVANCED PROJECTS IN WOODWORK is a collection of projects designed to meet the needs of classes in high school woodworking. These projects presuppose familiarity with woodworking processes, tools, and the two simple joints required in the making of projects contained in the author’s Projects in Beginning in Woodwork and Mechanical Drawing.

The drawings are complete only as to their general dimensions. The working out of details, such as the sizes of mortises and tendons and their locations, is left for the pupil in his work in drawing and design. 

It is expected that the projects will afford suitable basic material for classes in woodworking design. It remains for the instructor to point out the manner in which this material may be used. For illustration, many beginning students are slow in appreciation of possible modifications in structure or decoration. Circular tops may be used instead of square or octagonal, and vice versa. Modification of the manner of filling side spaces with slats offers variety in initiative. Vertical posts may be made tapering and vice versa. Rails and stretchers may be variously employed. There is almost always a choice in the matter of joints,-keyed or thru or blind tendon. Fig. I is suggestive as to possible modifications of a type.

The image above is a picture of a new print of the book, the one you can download here is a pdf of the original.

All furniture and other projects in this book are in what is known as Mission Style – Ted

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876_bowBows are among the oldest weapons in the world, yet an amazing thing was only recently discovered about them. Through mathematical analysis, laboratory investigation, high-speed photography, and painstaking field tests, it was found that the famous English long bow, after which practically all target bows are patterned, does not have the most efficient shape. Its beautifully rounded limbs are a delight to the eye, but the best cross section for a bow is something much simpler—just a plain rectangle. This discovery led to the development of the modern American flat bow, one easily made variety of which is described here.

When the white man provided the American Indian with a cheap trade musket in place of his native bow and arrow, he saved himself a good deal of grief, for had the red man developed his weapon along a logical path he might have arrived at an approximation of the bow we now know as the "semi-Indian," "flat," or "American" bow. With such a bow he could have shot with accuracy at a hundred yards (about the extreme accurate range of the long rifle), and could have delivered arrows faster than any frontier scout could load his rifle.

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Another one of my own woodworking plans and as the two previous ones it is only in pdf format. You’ll find the plans HERE

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One of my own woodwork plans based on an old bench found on the Folk Museum at Bygbø in Oslo – My plans are only in pdf* format and you’ll find this one HERE

*This is because I’ve found that it is much nicer to check plans on a flat screen mounted on the wall in my workshop than on a lot of loose drawings. By the way, the e-mail address on the drawings are no longer in use – Ted

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sled_illYou haven’t exhausted all the possibilities of sled construction till you’ve made this little gadget. It’s nothing more than a chair mounted on a pair of runners.

I made a a similar one when I was a kid. It was simply a kitchen tabouret mounted on a pair of shortened skis. Not the safest way to go down a steep hill, but great fun – Ted

Description and plans HERE

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These tricky little sleds add a new sense of adventure to coasting. You have to stretch out on the sled as if you are a part of it.

Since winter is just around the corner we start off with a couple of sleds – Ted

Description and plans HERE

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Well, not really a new one but well known to old regular visitors, there are already 35 projects in the “Retro DIY Projects” article series. But I thought it was time to bring the series back to life, if not exactly by popular demand 😉 -Ted

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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.

Description and plans in jpg and pdf format here
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.

Plans and descriptions
in jpg and pdf format here

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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.

Plans and description
in jpg and pdf format here

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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.

Plans and descriptions
in jpg and pdf format here

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This new design for a garden seat is lighter than the common Cape Cop chair and can be made of odds and ends –
Description and plans in both jpg and pdf format for this project from Popular Science April 1935 can be found here

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There is a touch of fairyland to this unusual designed wren house, yet it is simple to build – You’ll find plans and work description both in jpg and pdf format here 

Plans found in a Popular Mechanix from April 1959

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illIn two or three evenings you can make this comfortable foot stood with a compartment for storage of pipe, tobacco and a book or two.

Plans and description in
jpg and pdf format
here

 

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Foot rests of the so-called “lazy leg” type are made in many styles, both with and without magazine holders, but here is a new and unusually attractive design from Popular Science’s January edition from 1939. Unpainted ½ inch thick gumwood was used for the one illustrated, but a similar foot rest constructed from knotty pine has proved just as popular.

Plans and description in
both jpg and pdf format here

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From Popular Mechanix May 1950
An attractive modern design, this comfortable garden chair is ideal for most outdoor uses since it is lightweight for easy carrying and it can be folded for compact storage.
Drawings and plans in jpg and pdf format
here

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