This section is from the book "Spons' Mechanics' Own Book: A Manual For Handicraftsmen And Amateurs", by Edward Spon. Also available from Amazon: Spons' Mechanics' Own Book.
Fig. 985. A parallel ruler with which lines may be drawn at required distances apart without setting out. Lower edge of upper blade has a graduated ivory scale, on which the incidence of the outer edge of the brass are indicates the width between the blades.
Fig. 986. Drilling machine. By the large bevel-gear rotary motion is given to vertical drill shaft, which slides through small bevel-gear but is made to turn with it by a feather and groove, and is depressed by treadle connected with upper lever.
Fig. 987. Helicograph, or instrument for describing helices. The small wheel, by revolving about the fixed central point, describes a volute or spiral by moving along the screw-threaded axle either way, and transmits the tame to drawing paper on which transfer paper is laid with coloured side downward.
Fig. 988. Describing spiral lino on a cylinder. The spur-gear which drives the bevel-gears, and thus gives rotary motion to the cylinder, also gears into the toothed rack, and thereby causes the marking point to traverse from end to end of the cylinder.
Fig. 989. Cycloidal surfaces, causing pendulum to move in cycloidal curve, rendering oscillations isochronous, or equal-timed.
Fig. 990. Motion for polishing mirrors, the rubbing of which should be varied as much as practicable. The handle turns the crank to which the long bar and attached ratchet-wheel are connected. The mirror is secured rigidly to the ratchet-wheel. The long bar, which is guided by pins in the lower rail, has both a longitudinal and an oscillating movement, and the ratchet-wheel is caused to rotate intermittently by a click operated by an eccentric on the crank-shaft, and hence the mirror has a compound movement.
Fig. 991. White's dynamometer for determining the amount of power required to give rotary motion to any piece of mechanism. The 2 horizontal bevel-gears are arranged in a hoop-shaped frame, which revolves freely on the middle of the horizontal shaft, on which there are 2 vertical bevel-gears gearing to the horizontal ones, one fast and the other loose on the shaft. Suppose the hoop to be held stationary, motion given to either vertical bevel-gear will be imparted through the horizontal gears to the other vertical one; but if the hoop be permitted it will revolve with the vertical gear put in motion, and the amount of power required to hold it stationary will correspond with that transmitted from the first gear, and a band attached to its periphery will indicate that power by the weight required to keep it still.
Fig. 992. Pair of edge runners or chasers for crushing or grinding. The axles are connected with vertical shaft, and the wheels or chasers run in an annular pan or trough.
Fig. 993. Modification of mangle-wheel motion. The large wheel is toothed on both faces, and an alternating circular motion is produced by the uniform revolution of the pinion, which passes from one side of the wheel to the other through an opening on the left of the figure.
Fig. 994. Robert's contrivance for proving that friction of a wheel carriage does not increase with velocity, but only with load. Loaded wagon is supported on surface of large wheel, and connected with indicator constructed with spiral spring, to show force required to keep carriage stationary when large wheel is put in motion. It was found that difference in velocity produced no variation in the indicator, but difference in weight immediately did so.
Fig. 995. Rotary motion of shaft from treadle by means of an endless band running from a roller on the treadle to an eccentric on the shaft.
Figs. 996, 997. Portable cramp drills. In Fig. 996 the feed-screw is opposite the drill, and in Fig. 997 the drill-spindle passes through the centre of the feed-screw.
Fig. 998. Bowery's joiners' clamp, plan and transverse section. Oblong bed has, at one end, two wedge-formed cheeks, adjacent sides of which lie at an angle to each other, and are dovetailed inward from upper edge to receive 2 wedges for clamping the piece or pieces of wood to be planed.
Fig. 999. Tread-wheel horse-power turned by the weight of an animal attempting to walk up one side of its interior; has been used for driving the paddle-wheels of ferryboats and other purposes by horses. The turn-spit dog used also to be employed in such a wheel in ancient times for turning meat while roasting on a spit.
Fig. 1000. The treadmill employed in jails in some countries for exercising criminals condemned to labour, and employed in grinding grain; turns by weight of persons stepping on tread-boards on periphery. This is supposed to be a Chinese invention, and it is still used in China for raising water for irrigation.
Fig. 1001. Saw for cutting trees by motion of pendulum, is represented as cutting a lying tree.
Fig. 1002. Adjustable stand for mirrors, by which a glass or other article can be raised or lowered, turned to the right or left, and varied in its inclination. The stem is fitted into a socket of pillar, and secured by a set screw, and the glass is hinged to the stem, and a set screw is applied to the hinge to tighten it. The same thing is used for photographic camera-stands.
Fig. 1003 represents the principal elements of machinery for dressing cloth and warps, consisting of 2 rollers, from one to the other of which the yarn or cloth is wound, and an interposed cylinder having its periphery either smooth-faced or armed with brushes, teasels, or other contrivances, according to the nature of the work to be done. These elements are used in machines for sizing warps, gig-mills for dressing woollen goods, and in most machines for finishing woven fabrics.