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Limited Edition of 500 Books, Signed by the Authors

This special, red and gold-coloured edition has a ribbon marker,
textured cover, and de-bossed type. It is a thoroughly practical guide
and is also the perfect gift for woodworking enthusiasts.

• h 280 mm x w 215 mm
• h 11 ins x w 81/2 ins
• 280 pages
• 73,000 words
• 500 duotone step photos & diagrams
• 80 colour photographs
• Full color throughout
• Hardback

Building Wooden Machines features detailed instructions for making
28 fascinating, mechanical masterpieces. When completed, each project
is not only a beautiful working wooden model but also demonstrates
fundamental concepts of motion and mechanics such as used in cameras,
combustion and steam engines, locks and pumps.

With numerous colour photographs of each machine in various
stages of motion, dozens of step-by-step photographs plus essential
plans and templates, this book is perfectly suited to both novice
and experienced woodworkers.

In addition, the designs in this book form a perfect foundation
for exciting school and college craft, design and technology projects.

Equipment you will need includes:
• woodwork bench with vice • scroll saw (or fret saw)
• drill press (column drill) • woodturning lathe and woodturning tool set
• commonly used hand tools such as an engineer’s combination
square, a dovetail saw, a whittling knife, files, rasps and drill bits


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My grandpa used to tell my mother that I was one of those complicated sticky-fingered little boys who needed watching! He always used to say that I was up to tricks and learning. As I remember, all this meant, in effect, was that I was borrowing tools without permission, usually missing at meal times, and generally difficult to track down. It wasn’t that I was in any way naughty or up to no good, but rather that I was always “inventing.” I made a cross bow that was more a lethal man trap than a weapon, an electric alarm clock that couldn’t be touched unless you were wearing rubber gloves, a lever mechanism for the gate that very nearly skinned and quartered the neighbor’s cat, and so the list goes on. So you see, it wasn’t that I was a horrible little boy bent on mischief, but only that I loved mechanisms and enjoyed working with tools and wood.

I was never so happy as when I was tucked away in the back shed hacking away with knife and saw on one or other of my labour saving inventions.

And of course, now that I am a man and fully grown, one of my chief pleasures is being out in my shed workshop dreaming up new mechanisms. But I’m not alone! The miraculous thing, the thing that makes our marriage so successful, is that my wife Gill is a soul mate, a true kindred spirit. We both get pleasure working with wood. Picture us if you will… out in our workshop, the radio humming away, our two dogs fast asleep in a couple of ancient armchairs, mugs of tea, both of us up to our armpits in a glorious miasma of tools, shavings, beeswax, wood and working drawings. Our shed workshop is a haven! And now that our two sons are out of the nest, it doesn’t matter too much if we spend most of the night working. If we are tired but still willing, we simply settle down in the armchairs with a knife and whatever part needs sorting, and drift and dream away the hours. The incredible thing is that at the end of it all—after hour upon hour spent sawing, planing, gouging, turning, whittling and waxing—we get to make the most amazingly intricate machines and mechanisms.

Our ambitions involve sharing with you the pleasures of creating small machines and mechanical prototypes from wood. We want you to share in the fun. The projects are small, so you don’t need a vast workshop full of tools or a fortune in wood; all you need is enthusiasm.

With each of the projects, we take you through all the wonderfully satisfying procedures of choosing the wood, setting out the designs, sawing, planing, drilling and all the rest. We give you working drawings and templates to explain how, why and what-with. There are drawings showing details, and there are photographs to explain the various step-by-step stages. We have done our best to describe all the procedures that go into making our working wooden wonders.
Each project draws inspiration from a specific mechanism. There are twenty-eight projects in all—all exciting, all dynamic, all beautiful and all made from wood.