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    Default Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    I came across this gem while reading a machinists' forum. It's a wonderful series of well-illustrated articles by a fellow named Ford who, I hope, won't mind my reposting the URL. He's got a collection of old-time machinists' tricks and other commonsense shop techniques together with a number of projects for building handy shop jigs and other devices.

    When you are tired of reading about the problems the uninitiated encounter working with resin-coated plywood, you'll find a few hours of interesting and educational problem-solving reading here: http://www.frets.com/HomeShopTech/hstpages.html

    It occurs to me that a similarly organized thread of "old time tricks of the trade" and projects from the members of this forum would be a very useful addition. I remember reading Popular Mechanix and the like when I was a kid and loving similar short articles they'd feature every month. Today, too often everybody goes looking for something plastic made in China to solve everyday shop needs! For example: http://www.frets.com/HomeShopTech/Sh...dtpholder.html

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Bob Cleek; 07-24-2018 at 04:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    Thanks for the links, Bob. Lots of great info there.


    ..Rick

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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    It occurs to me that a similarly organized thread of "old time tricks of the trade" and projects from the members of this forum would be a very useful addition.
    Yes please. Five stars and a sticky for that one!

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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    Did ones a goody.
    Thank-you
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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    Thanks, Bob!

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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    Frank Ford. He, in my observation, spends time looking at other professions to see how they do things to figure out how better to do luthier work.

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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    Yes please. Five stars and a sticky for that one!
    when I first started here, for a good long while, there was a sticky in B&R , i think it was called FAQ, that was just exactly that, with a compendium of posts, links, and articles by various members, Smalser, Dave Fleming, and others. It ended up not being well curated, with lots of bad links, abd dropped out of sight.
    Steve Martinsen

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    Default Re: Shop tips goldmine discovered.

    Great find . . . .
    Here is another link to Frank Ford inventiveness ::
    http://www.homemadetools.net/builder/Frank+Ford_4
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