Books and Magazine Reviews

When not in the workshop I like to read about model engineering and related subjects. Here are some of the books I’ve read over the last few years.

Has anything changed since 1906?

Over on Bench Crafted Jameel suggested that the 18th Century answered pretty much everything you need to know about woodworking so why try to improve of that. My thought was that a lot of that also applies to the world

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Trustee from the Toolroom 1960

Trustee from the Toolroom 1960

I was recommended the book Trustee from the Toolroom by a interesting chap who contacted me via twitter. or Trustee from the Toolroom (Kindle Edition) The book tells the story of Keith Stewart a ex-toolroom fitter who has decided to

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Made Simple – Made Easy

Made Simple - Made Easy

“A selection of gadgets to assist the Model Engineer” by H. Maurice Turnbull This book was first published last year and is a large format booklet style publication of just 50 or so pages with a good clear selection of

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Workshop Practice Series

Workshop Practice Series

For budding model engineers the workshop practice series provides a great introduction to a wide range of topics as well as providing detail and projects if you want to take things further. I thought I’d use some of the metrics

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Stirling and hot air engines

Stirling and hot air engines

Despite my scepticism one of my kind relatives bought me something from my carefully prepared Christmas list. Stirling and Hot Air Engines: An Insight into Building and Designing Experimental Model Stirling Engines by Roy Darlington and Keith Strong My relative explained to

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Wood Pattern-Making

Wood Pattern-Making

I’ve been reading Wood Pattern-Making by Herbert J McCaslin. It’s the 1997 reprint of a much earlier book and I have to recommend it as being an interesting and potentially useful read for people interested in casting (or woodworking). Wood

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The Balloon Factory

The Balloon Factory

The Story of the Men who built Britain’s First Flying Machines by Alexander Frater My knowledge of aeroplanes was previously limited to the Wright Brothers, Louis Blériot, Frank Whittle and Amy Johnson. I now can add to this list Sam

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Workshop Practice Series New Titles

Workshop Practice Series New Titles

There are three new titles in the Workshop Practice Series, to be released 29th November 2010. Given that there are a large number of books in this range it’s a little surprising that there is not much for complete beginners

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