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The Boy Mechanic Answered

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The Boy Mechanic
If you look at it, it seems old hat, but a few Hidrogen Generators, countless Photo projects, a real cool Turbine, and a pair of Lathe How-tos, along with an Aluminum Casting one, I find it interesting to say the least.
...And a Stationary windmill, that turns no mather where the wind comes from!



11 years ago

Racism? Well, in those days, it was considered Politically Correct to be one.

And you guys didn't found the several animal abuse ones...

Well, it is as wrong to judge those guys by today's standarts, as it is not to frown at them, if still used today.

Whimshurst machine?
Gotta see that one!

...Forgot the lensless Microscope, #76

Well, the Batiscaph, was invented 50 years after the Airship, alltough it's the same principle!

Wow... "Home Made Asbestos Table Pads." Sign of the times I guess :P

Yeah, right, but if you can see past the dated stuff, you can find a lot of good stuff.

Anyhoo, here's a list of things I've liked:

Number Page Description
54 72 Small Electrical Hydrogen Generator

57 75 A Homemade Acetylene-Gas Generator

59 77 How to Make a Thermo Battery
70 91 A Constant-Pressure Hydrogen Generator

86 111 How to Make a Lathe

167 206 Gear-Cutting Attachment for Small Lathes

171 212 How to Make a Glider

355 436 How to make a Turbine engine
361 445 Rolling uphill illusion
362 445 Annealing Chisel Steel

374 461 How To Build An Imitation Street Car Line

376 483 Measuring the Height of a Tree

379 467 A Tin Drinking Cup for the Camp

403 497 How to Make a Wood Turning Lathe Out of an Old Sewing Machine

419 514 Sharpening Scissors

420 516 Glass Blowing and Forming

422 519 Telegraph Codes

426 524 Piercing Glass Plates with a Spark Coil

426 524 A Home-Made Still

428 527 How to Make a Small Motor

432 531 How to Make a Wireless Telephone

436 536 How to Make a Wondergraph
442 543 Homemade Workbench
445 546 How to Make a Stationary Windmill
455 558 How to Construct a Small Thermostat

316 387 A Small Bench Lathe Made of Pipe Fittings

Yes, I can see past them ;) Take it for what it is; a comment about how things have changed and not a personal attack ;) I went through about 2/3 of the thing (which was the same time adobe crashed on me :P)

I didn't tough as much, that's why I used the italics on "yeah, right", as a kind of light tone to it, like saying " but seriously, folks...".

Better use " but seriously, folks...", next time.

You guys have to bear with me, as English is not my Mother Language, and I don't suppose any of you knows Portuguese.

It is better to download the compressed .Pdf vesion, that way, it takes a wee bit less time.

...Forget the compressed one, doesen't work, just go for the other and hope for the best.

There SHOULD have been an image, here..

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Great, it worked! It's an optical illusion, from the same book. And now, the plans for a Lathe made with Plumbing materials:

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What I find interesting is the things i thought of as recent inventions (within the last 25 years or so) that aren't. #47 is a Plasma Globe # 81 is a Peristaltic Pump Didn't think Either of those existed that far back Otherwise my fav's #34 the harmonograph #177 Whimshurst machine (been dreaming about buildijg one since I was an embryo) #202 Just for the Michael Richardsesque racist first line. #321 The Paper Canoe (But my wife probably won't lt me have another boat) and #413 vegetable slicer (it's so Ron Popeil)

I've made a list of ideas I like, I'll post that tomorrow, you just put the number on Adobe Reader's search tool, and it gets you there.