Seems most of the Festool stuff is incremented in mm.
I have a Calculated Industries construction calculator on both my
DroidX, and the real thing in the shop, that I'm continually inputting
the likes of 21 3/16" to give me 538.1625mm to set my parallel guide
rails when cutting sheet goods to size.
I'm good to go ... as long as the electrons are flowing. :)
You're not good with those _big_ numbers, eh, Swingy?
I was a lot better with sizes when I had to wrench bolts all day every
day. My eyes were in dial caliper mode, I think. Ditto when I was
working as a QA inspector and had a surface plate in front of me at
least part of every week.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
-- Chinese Proverb
Thanks RonB. I just ordered the 1966 edition for $6.94 including S&H.
Newer editions ceded to graphing technology, and I don't wish to read
about 1970s graphing technology! : ) Thank you for the suggestion;
based upon your experience with it, I'm sure I'll enjoy it. I may need
to assemble a make-shift drafting table...
I hope Larry appreciates that I just dug deep and made the purchase
instead of hemming and hawing and "over thinking" it! ; )
I went through a pretty intensive two year course in
Hmmm.. The one I ordered is "Fundamentals of Engineering Drawing" Second
Edition,same authors as above, published 1966. Appears that you used
the "Manual of Engineering Drawing". Between the two, the 2nd one sounds
Probably the previous edition of the one Lew and I own. The Amazon
page notes Thomas French as the Author and Charles Vierick as the
editor. I just looked at my copy and it is a 1953 edition. The
previous edition was 1947 -- probably this one. There were several
more previous editions dating back to an original in 1911. This
string caused me to take some time to look through my 1953 version and
it makes me wonder what is in the first version. I am guessing the
front matter is similar to the ones we own - Basic drafting
practices. Maybe the updates incorporate technology over the years.
It probably sounds a little flippant to say drafting is drafting. But
drafting is pretty close to being a lost art.
CAD isn't drafting.
OK, OK - That last response made me remember a conversion I had with
an old airframe draftsman buddy at least 15 years ago.
Ralph was a designer on a couple versions of the B52 weapons systems
in the 1960's and 1970's. As the B-52 was modernized some of the
original drawings were redone in CAD and CATIA, others were not.
Boeing landed a contract to do Change Order incorporation on some of
the old drawings and their fair-haired young CATIA Whizzes didn't have
a clue of what to do with them. Boeing started rounding up some of
the old draftsmen that produced the drawings, and finally badgered and
bribed Ralph into coming out of retirement for a year or so to update
and clean up the drawings. He said he went into it with a lot of
anxiety because he really didn't want to un-retire, and he was afraid
he was out of tune with current methods. Not so! He was in the same
room with a group of young, contract CATIA-drivers who were drawing
around $70-80 per hour. He, and other old farts, were sitting at
drafting tables that Boeing dug out of salvage, using vintage
equipment and earning $150 per hour. The young bucks thought these
old guys were some kind of magicians.
It does. The one I saw on Amazon was titled _Engineering Drawing and
Graphic Technology_, a large gray hardcover by French, Vierck, and
Foster. It sounds as if you found the right one for you, Bill.
"The history of temperature change over time is related to
the shape of the continents, the shape of the sea floor,
the pulling apart of the crust, the stitching back together
of the crust, the opening and closing of sea ways, changes
in the Earth's orbit, changes in solar energy, supernoval
eruptions, comet dust, impacts by comets and asteroids,
volcanic activity, bacteria, soil formation, sedimentation,
ocean currents, and the chemistry of air. If we humans, in
a fit of ego, think we can change these normal planetary
processes, then we need stronger medication."
_Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science_
Sacre bleu! Not only am I stunned, but I have a neener:
I found it for a PENNY on Amazon.
Congrats. I hope you and Ron see things the same way, draftwise.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
-- Chinese Proverb
Did you ever get an answer not related to drafting/architectural?
Coincidentally I was looking at books on drawing yesterday at B&N and was
not satisfied with the selection. Saw most of those you mentioned including
the one you said you might order. I diverge, in that I am interested in also
doing color work.
Yes Lobby, "Engineering Drawing", known at Amazon.com as "Manual of
Engineering Drawing" appears to be a well-thought-of standard for the
craft and was used in college by several of the folks here.
I ordered a version of it. I went back to the used book store to pick up
the book "How To Draw What You See", but someone else found it. I'll
probably collect a copy of it sometime. It looked a lot better to me
than most of the "how to draw" books. There are a lot of reviews of it
and sample pages to read at Amazon.
Your welcome. Another book that was mentioned here that complements both
"How To Draw What You See" and "How To Draw With The Right Side Of Your
Brain", is "Perspective Without Pain". I've got the latter on request
from my library. You can browse a bit of each of them at Amazon.com. I
think you can get a feel for them from the reviews people write too.
BTW, the LumberJocks.com website emailed me today to let me know they
are giving away $500 for the best birdhouse (by popular vote). Winning
starts with a good sketch. : )
On Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:14:43 -0700, "Lobby Dosser"
An associated tome I found helpful was _How To Look At Everything_ by
David Finn. Warm and wonderful, it sets the mood.
Also check out books by Claudia Nice [watercolor, ink, and pen] and
Lee Hammond [acrylics (my fave) and colored pencil drawing.] Both are
"Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty.
There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and
indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration
of virtue. These amiable passions, are the latent spark. If
the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling
the differences between true and false, right and wrong,
virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of
mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?"
It has 3 reviews at Amazon.com. The longest paragraph in the 1st
review is the one that, to me, seems the most telling: The gist of it is
that there is no "How To" in the book. What did you find helpful about
it? Obviously, we all enjoy what we enjoy and I think even that varies
from month to month, week to week, and day to day... Gosh, that last
sentence came out practically poetic. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut
once in while! : )
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