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The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build (Boy Mechanics Series)

By Popular Mechanics Press (Corporate Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Publisher   Hearst
ISBN  1588165094  
EAN  9781588165091  

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Presents projects and informative articles taken from Popular Mechanics books and magazines spanning the first two decades of the twentieth century.

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It's vintage boyhood and a miscellany of marvelous ideas: from kites and toboggans to workbenches and birdhouses, this collection of projects from Popular Mechanics' issues of long ago captures all the appeal of American ingenuity at the start of the last century. 


With the rawest of materials, a minimum of technology, and a maximum of ingenuity, men and boys in the early 1900s dedicated themselves to crafting wonderful items, both practical and fanciful. It was a highly valued skill that revealed the measure of a man, and Popular Mechanics honored it and led the way in instructing these handy creators. Take a look back at those simpler, good old days—and at what we may have lost in our high-tech era—through these engaging projects, all published in the magazine during the first two decades of the 20th century. The range is simply amazing, and bound to appeal to woodworkers who love classic ideas. They include tools, like T-squares and sawhorses; an animal-proof gate latch and a birdhouse made from an old straw hat; household gadgets and handcrafted furniture; camping gear (including a screen door for a tent); and toys and games. And many of these appealing trellises, decoys, puzzles, and tents are quite doable today. Inveterate do-it-yourselfers will be astonished at the resourcefulness required to build a stove for a canoe and even a houseboat.

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Gift for Dad  Oct 24, 2008
Bought as a holiday gift for my dad, interesting and informative. I read it when I visit.
Are you joking?!?!?!  Sep 4, 2008
If you are looking for a book of small projects to do with kids, find something else!!! The copyright says 2006, but maybe it should be 1906. It is certainly not what I expected. While most projects have a diagram to help you out, the instructions are a little sketchy. We were looking more for small projects a kid and his dad could build together, not "safety chopping block", "self-closing gate","attachment for glasses aids marksman", or "webfoot attachment for swimmers". I'm NOT's in the book! I do recomment "101 Activities for kids in tight spaces". It's a little less crafty, but quite creative.
childhood memories  Apr 27, 2008
As a kid my dad gave am Popular Mechanics compilation from the 30's. They had projects that were amazing and challenging. My dad and I a ball building stuff out of this old book. This is the same sort of book.
Nice book, but not too useable  Aug 31, 2007
This is an interesting read if you enjoy old books and are a do-it-yourself type person, but it's not good if you are hoping for some old type projects to do. The articles don't seem to be quite detailed enough to actually build most of the items and a lot of the projects are simply lame. No "boy mechanic" would be interested in doing a lot of these today. I guess some people were more easily entertained back then.

Great reference  Jul 13, 2007
I found a lot of interesting things in this book. I think it is a great reference for any parent that has boys and enjoys spending time with them with projects that capture their attention and curiosity.

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