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Raymond

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2304 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: resource

While working very hard at the office here, I found an interesting source for old plans and drawings. It seams Google is scanning old books and publications.

http://books.google.com/

Use the search feature to look for what ever your heart desires. I found tons of steam engine plans, old tin can toy plans. All kinds of interesting things. If you use the “Showing” feature and select full view, all the books or results that come back are the entire book or publication in PDF format and you can download and save them for reading or printing.

Let me know if you find anything interesting.

-- Ray


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#1 posted 2304 days ago

Thanks for the link. Great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2304 days ago

I had heard about this Google project but hadn’t tried it until now. This could become a very useful link. I did a few searches on Router books and there’s quite a few out there already.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 2304 days ago

Its an extraordinary project. Amazing what they have.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#4 posted 2304 days ago

If you set the “showing” dropdown box to “Full view” it will only list books that are available to read in their entirety online. Of course, this will severely limit the results to mostly older stuff. But it may come in handy for old furniture plans etc.

-- Waylan Limberg, Warren PA

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#5 posted 2304 days ago

thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 2304 days ago

very cool…i typed in woodworking and quite a few books popped up…but i did not get any full books for free,,,the most I got was a finishing book that gave me 22 pages…

Am i doing something wrong? Or are only really old books for free…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 2303 days ago

Thanks for the link Raymond, looks promising.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Raymond

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#8 posted 2302 days ago

Hi Napaman, in the “Showing” box select full view, it will limit the results to only books that are the full version that are downloadable as PDF files.

-- Ray

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#9 posted 2288 days ago

Hi Napaman,

The books having expired copyrights are complete. The rest have excerpts,

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#10 posted 2288 days ago

I have been using this alot for various ideas. Never thought to post it on here.

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