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How-To:  Watt-style mechanical governor

How-To: Watt-style mechanical governor

Adam Richard Cooper built this hand-cranked model of a classic mechanical governor–which, as MachinistBlog succinctly put it “regulates the speed of steam engines by acting as a negative feedback system”–and made the dimensional drawings and build notes freely available for download at his site. I like the idea of a hand-cranked governor model, particularly, because it provides tactile feedback of the device’s purpose: You crank it faster, it gets harder to crank.

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Pete Friedrichs’ “Marvelous Magnetic Machines”

H.P. “Pete” Friedrichs, author of the awesome self-published DIY electronics tomes “Voice of the Crystal” and “Instruments of Amplification,” has a new book coming out and he sent us this video teaser: The book, to be entitled, “Marvelous Magnetic Machines” describes the construction of five different motors from household junk. The style and craftsmanship is […]

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Antique Sock Knitting Machines – CRAFT Video Podcast

Antique Sock Knitting Machines – CRAFT Video Podcast

I caught up with Shelly Hatton at Maker Faire Austin, where she was demonstrating antique circular sock knitting machines! She writes, “Circular sock machines have been around since the early 1900’s and were built so sturdily that they still survive and work to this day. The machines were originally advertised as a way for homemakers to make money at home by cranking out socks, but the learning curve was really high. Currently, there are a number of enthusiasts around the globe who help each other figure out how to use these really nifty antique machines.” Shelly got interested in these machines when she heard a friend had knitted a pair of sock in two hours!

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