Boy Mechanic, The - 200 Classic Things To Build
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It?s vintage boyhood and a miscellany of marvelous ideas: fromkites and toboggans to workbenches and birdhouses, this collectionof projects from Popular Mechanics? issues of long ago captures allthe appeal of American ingenuity at the start of the last century.With the rawest of materials, a minimum of technology, and amaximum of ingenuity, men and boys in the early 1900s dedicatedthemselves to crafting wonderful items, both practical andfanciful. It was a highly valued skill that revealed the measure ofa man, and Popular Mechanics honored it and led the way ininstructing these handy creators. Take a look back at thosesimpler, good old days?and at what we may have lost in ourhigh-tech era?through these engaging projects, all published in themagazine during the first two decades of the 20th century. Therange is simply amazing, and bound to appeal to woodworkers wholove classic ideas. They include tools, like T-squares andsawhorses; an animal-proof gate latch and a birdhouse made from anold straw hat; household gadgets and handcrafted furniture; campinggear (including a screen door for a tent); and toys and games. Andmany of these appealing trellises, decoys, puzzles, and tents arequite doable today. Inveterate do-it-yourselfers will be astonishedat the resourcefulness required to build a stove for a canoe andeven a houseboat.ISBN13: 9781588165091
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