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04-01-2008 01:15 AM

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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.

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 04-01-2008 01:45 AM

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 04-01-2008 02:17 AM

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 04-01-2008 03:27 AM

Its an extraordinary project. Amazing what they have.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 04-01-2008 04:36 AM

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 04-01-2008 04:51 AM

thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 05:03 AM

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…

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 09:57 AM

Thanks for the link Raymond, looks promising.

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

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 09:54 PM

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 04-16-2008 09:01 PM

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 04-16-2008 11:30 PM

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

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