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Sheet-Metal Worker's Guide,
By W. J. E. Ceane, 1911
A practical handbook for tinsmiths, coppersmiths, zincworkers
Comprising numerous geometrical diagrams and working patterns, with
This is the sixth edition of a great book on metal working. Published
in 1911 and 109 pages of good Chapters include: Sheet
metal working, soldering, geometry as applied to sheet metal working,
There is a lovely section on metal forming tools, pictures of hammers
and tooling, stakes, die-sets for working sheet metal (quite
unique-forgotten today in the jewellery world except in
blacksmithing), joints and joining (a remarkable set of options are
detailed in depth). The definitions for types of joints is really
interesting and very thorough.
A section on making gutters out of zinc shows useful tooling, making
circular mouldings and shapes. Dies for this are well diagrammed.
The chapter on soldering deals very well with hard and soft solders.
The section matching metal types to solder types and fluxes is really
well done, and more on the subject than I have seen
elsewhere. The types of heating for soldering employed include the
term 'Naked Fire', as well as hollow furnace or muffle, immersion in
molten solder, molten solder or meal poured on, heated iron not
tinned, heated copper tool tinned, blow-pipe flame, flame alone,
generally alcohol, stream of hot air.
All interesting and not seen elsewhere listed this way. Soldering
procedures, especially soft soldering ones, are really well detailed.
Hard soldering was often done on special charcoal fueled tables with
an air blast, very similar to a blacksmiths forge but built for
soldering objects rather than for heating iron. Blowpipe use is
described, and the beginnings of gas torches lauded.
The chapter on geometry and layout is useful for any jeweler,
goldsmith, maker. It covers all the basics, really clearly and
strongly. This is not seen elsewhere in this distilled,
practical way. Excellent. Wonderful details on making geometric
shapes and forms from sheet metal. You can make any crystal shape
using these techniques.
There follows a chapter on patterns, for various problems, cones,
tapered shapes, ovals, rectangles and more.
A really interesting book. It was groundbreaking in its time, and
remains current, and fresh today.
File Size: 3.34MB, 109 Pages=A0
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