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Making Mechanical Marvels In Wood Paperback – June 30, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806973587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806973586
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of good detailed information, well presented.
Eckenheimer
There are some of the coolest little things to make in this book.
T. Robinson
The machines are unique and really fun to watch work.
Jim Barstow

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jim Barstow on February 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a book filled with projects for machines that are fun to play with. Over the years I have built more than half of them. (And given them all away as Christmas presents.) The machines are unique and really fun to watch work. A relatively high level of woodworking skill is required.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book for my dad last Christmas, and he has used all of the patterns at least once. He is constantly telling me how well-planned the book is. I'm not a woodworker, but my dad is, and he rates this book top notch!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dale C. Maley VINE VOICE on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book back in 1991 when it was new......and it set on my shelf for 17 years. In 2008, I made my first model...the wooden u-joint model. In the last few months I have made 6 more models. I have only had minor problems with a couple of patterns. The back plate patterns on a couple of models are very hard to follow...because he advocates making a jig......which is ok......except his jig is not the same size as the back plate......a minor issue.

I would rate myself an advanced woodworker with a full shop of tools.......and would rate these patterns challenging....but fun. My fellow engineers at work love playing with my finished models. They also would make great presents for the grand children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Robertson on July 27, 2009
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This book gives really detailed instructions including dimensions on making wooden mechanisms. Most of them revolve around a crank and cam of some sort, but there are plans for everything you see on the cover and 4 or 5 more projects. This is the most extensive book I have seen on the subject and it is absolutely worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on October 27, 2010
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There are some of the coolest little things to make in this book. If you're a wood hobbiest who likes to tinker, this book is for you. There are plans for making all kinds of items that you'd normally only build in a metal shop: gears, crankshafts, etc. You should also get Wonders in Wood: 46 Puzzles and Other Novelties to Make and Solve as a companion book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cajunme on August 20, 2011
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great book. it gives step by step instructions and patterns to use. lots of pictures to see how things are done. some color pictures to see what the finished product looks like.
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By eleanor J williams on November 21, 2012
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I purchased this book for my husband. He has made many items so far and really enjoying each article. For any anyone who likes to putts around with wood this is the book to get and he gets great satisfaction to see the end results in how it works.This a big change from making model T's. I titled ths article Mr Putter because he always has his hands into something pretaining to wood.I am glad we ordered this book,it has give him many hours of enjoyment.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. A. McQuay on January 28, 2013
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Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood shows you how to build around thirteen simple mechanisms but unfortunately ends there. If you are fascinated by gears, cams and wood then I guess this is for you; if you are interested in how these mechanisms are used beyond very basic descriptions like, 'used in farm machinery' or 'used in manufacturing' then you'll be disappointed. The book lacks context and there are no suggestions on how these might be useful in building more complex machines. My hope for the book was that each project would build on the last until you had some interesting combinations but there is nothing like that. Tinkers or those with an engineering background should be able to build these or similar mechanisms without the book, those without a mechanical background will find little use for the mechanisms themselves beyond momentary amusement. Illustrations are clear and easy to read. The photos are mostly black and white and of mediocre quality. The directions would benefit immensely if edited by an experienced woodworking author. Perhaps in 1991 there was nothing like it but today a quick search on youtube will unveil far more useful projects.
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