|Chuck Pickering||15/11/2018 21:17:02|
|36 forum posts|
I recently discovered the book “Every Boy His Own Manufacturer”, published in 1872, thanks to an old thread being woken up on another forum.
|Michael Gilligan||15/11/2018 22:54:06|
14011 forum posts
Thanks for the link, Chuck
Duly downloaded to the iPad
... I shall dive-in at p117
|95 forum posts|
Many Thanks Chuck
I just love these old books, how the authors managed without expensive machine tools that we now think a necessity. Also some of the ingredients to make everyday items. One model engineering book I read had a recipe for a varnish for steam engine display stand, main ingredient was Dragon's Blood. Am having trouble locating a supplier on fleabay.
|Chuck Pickering||16/11/2018 19:34:44|
|36 forum posts|
Google gives me this link as to what Dragon's Blood is, **LINK**
Google also lists it on Amazon. It is also used in cosmetics. You might try a chemist(Drug Store to us colonials) such as Boots, if they are still around.
|Frances IoM||16/11/2018 21:10:29|
|643 forum posts|
|Health + safety would have a field day with the chapter on electro plating - lead, aqua-regia to dissolve gold etc - some decades ago I had most of these raw materials in my own chemistry cupboard !|
|John Paton 1||16/11/2018 21:19:33|
|172 forum posts|
Yes, I love these old books too. In one (I think it is the Boys Own Book Of Things to Make and do) there is a chapter on making your own Xray machine, in another there are details how you make your own aqualung (basically reworking a gas regulator).
I think the next book was the Darwin Awards!!!
|122 forum posts|
And a complete chapter on making your own fireworks.
Don’t see that in modern books
|Ian S C||17/11/2018 11:03:03|
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I can remember that when I was about 10 yrs old Dad had some copies of Hobbies Illustrated that dated back to the mid 1930s, and the one I remember most had a how too on making your own X - Ray plant, the tube had to be a vacuum type incandescent light bulb.
Ian S C
|Brian Sweeting||17/11/2018 12:08:59|
|379 forum posts|
Did you notice that the page of ingredients for the fireworks was out of focus or was it just me?
|3119 forum posts|
In the old days we used to apply a form of dragon's blood to each soldered circuit joint to show it had been inspected!
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