Building Wooden Machines: Gears & Gadgets for the Adventurous Woodworker Paperback – 29 May 2012
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Alan and Gill Bridgewater - a husband and wife team - have gained an international reputation as producers of successful books on a range of subjects including garden design, self-sufficiency, woodcarving, fine woodworking and toy making. Their published works include A Treasury of Woodcarved Design, various titles in 'The Specialist Series', Mechanical Models, The Off-Grid Energy Handbook, Self-Sufficiency: A guide for 21st-centuring living and Gadgets, Mazes and Contraptions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plans could be easily scanned into a computer, scaled up or down and transfered to workpieces and with a little ingenuity, the models could be made even easier than shown. So overall its really well put together.
Theres a nice section on problem solving your handywork if its not working porperly, which is nice. And you could easily make much more involved models by combining the principles it teaches you.
I genuinely cant fault it. Just remember that its not a book about how to set up a workshop, or which tools to buy, or how do certain techniques... Its a plan book on how to make wood machines. How to work the wood itself, is down to you.
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A typical project is an escapement similar to that in most weight-driven clocks. It's all in wood here of course, with complex gears you layout and cut carefully by hand. It's real art...
And therein lies the problem. Its art, not a clock. There are no hands, it just a thing that ticks. Why not DO something? Even the silly wind-driven gadgets in other books DO something. But all of these projects just sit there until you go turn the crank, or pull the cord, then you can watch things move. Why would you bother to turn the crank once you had it working? What's the point?
So you can see, this book is not for me. If you want a way to really wow your friends with your fine wood-working skills, this is it. But if you're looking for something to make and give to your grandkids, forget it.
I agree with other reviewers that these projects require a fairly sophisticated woodworker, however they are so compelling that they may well inspire you to improve your skills in order to possess and play with these gorgeous models. Compared to many other woodworking books, this comes at a very reasonable price. Truly a treasure.