For Tinkering Types, a New Old Classic
First published in 1913, this how-to primer has stood the test of time
Three parts instruction manual, one part magic book, the second edition of Practical Projects for the Handy Man, first published in 1913, will remind you of those childhood moments when you marveled at how stuff worked —and then tried to build your own stuff. Originally called The Boy Mechanic by the former editors of Popular Mechanics Press, this 460-page book is filled with detailed plans and abstruse scientific factoids. Though some of the projects aren't practical today (really, when will you ever need to build an electric stove?), there are a number of usable tidbits and how-tos, including tips on making vises, lathes, and an emergency soldering tool. The book also includes some advanced projects, like instructions for building a porch swing and an Arts and Crafts desk. Sprinkled in with this sensible material are fun experiments in sleight of hand and illusions—perfect for wowing the kids at your next family gathering. A good read, whether you want to get your MacGyver on or just have a grin or two.
By the editors of Popular Mechanics Press,
First Lyons Press, 2007, $20