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Forum topic by nashbok posted 06-19-2011 05:45 AM 800 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2011 05:45 AM

I was perusing Google books and ran across this article talking about outdated and ‘nearly obsolete’ hand tools. I always thought the 1930s were the ‘golden age’ of hand tools?? Guess I was wrong. :(

Thought you guys might get a kick out of reading it.

http://books.google.com/books?id=TeQDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA261&dq=woodworking&pg=PA261#v=onepage&q&f=false

BTW, my local mom-and-pop hardware store actually stocks a bow saw…


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#1 posted 06-19-2011 05:48 AM

Hmmmm. I wonder why quality went down after WW2…. : ^ ) Thanks for the link.

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 01:04 PM

The item on hand tools was interesting, but I continued down the pages of the Popular Mechanics issue for August 1931, and was amazed by the number and variety of articles – everything from electronics to farming!

I don’t know if the magazine is still published, but I bet there wouldn’t be such a wealth of material in a modern magazine. Nowadays, the advertisements seem to outnumber the articles. OK, there were ads in the ‘31 issue, but they were grouped together, making it easier to get to the interesting stuff. Having said that, those old ads are fascinating in themselves – a 4” jointer for $25 on page 135, or the Cabinet Shop Special for $247 on page 121, for examples And what happened to the 450 miles on a gallon of gas device on page 1 ?.

I can recall seeing copies of PM from the US in the 60’s, and in fact one of them contained an article on a ‘sound to colour’ system, which I built, enabling my children to have one of the first discos in the UK.

Thanks for the link nashbok, you gave me more than perhaps you intended.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 10:17 PM

Popular Mechanics is still around but the articles are very disappointing IMO. Glad you liked the link.

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 04:31 PM

I wonder if MIT still offers courses in woodworking…

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 04:36 PM

I write in my books, and this is why. It’s just so much cooler;)

S&N, I started off in engineering; died in medicine; I suggest the trades;)

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 04:40 PM

Have you priced pathology books lateley?

http://www.amazon.com/Deafness-Vision-Disorders-Educational-Implications/dp/039806945X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308580774&sr=1-1

Guard well, my friends.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 05:21 PM

Hey, they got my middle initial wrong on the cover!

Donald Edward Johnson

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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