Odd request here-
Does anbody have and old drafting or mechanical drawing books/guides
they're get rid of for a few bucks + shipping?
I'd like to draft some stuff for the hell of it, and have forgotten most
everything other than finding the center of your paper and start from the
top right and work down and left if possible to avoid smearing.
It's sort of frustrating actually.
There is a bunch of free CAD stuff. Why not start out in the 21st
Century? I was a Draftsman for about 10 years of my life and I got my
first taste of CAD in 1979 on a machine about the size of four large
refrigerators. Have not missed pencil, ink and paper at all since
It's not about being pratical. I want to use my hands to draw things out.
I sit at a computer long enough during the day. This is hobby level stuff.
I last used autocad on windows 3.1, which which was a step up from the
386s running something in DOS. I recall the knightmare of dedicated
printer and device drivers that were needed for applications in DOS that
windows did away with.
Try the used bookstores. And, if your library has them, the for-sale books
Books about obsolete technology tend to show up in those places. BTW, if you
want a really comprehensive drafting book, one with covers mechanical,
architectural, and some civil engineering, look for a copy of _Engineering
Drawing and Graphic Technology_. It's a high-end textbook and it's very
Or they show up on Google Books.
That was a search for "Essentials of Drafting"
For what it's worth, Cydrome, I feel much the same way.
I've been working on proper penmanship (not calligraphy).
We write by hand so little these days . . .
email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll have to check that out. I was taught by instructors, so we never had
our own books, but there was a stack of reference ones available.
We really do. I can still write numbers, but actually writing anything
else out like slips at the bank or shipping forms causes more confusion
than it should.
There are several good sites that sell used books. ABE, Alibris, and
Amazon are some of them.
If I were you, I would not be looking at the comprehensive books.
Something with fundamentals in the title and not more than 100 pages
is likely to be all you need.
Have you tried your local library?
actually no, I've boycotted the chicago public library system, and it's
quite likely they don't have books that old or useful at the branch near
The libraries here are just free daycare for shitty parents and places
for people that don't bathe to hang out all day.
Sorry to hear that. I checked the library system here and found a
couple of books that sound like what you want. They are not in the
general library , but are at the library of the local Votech school.
On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:28:17 +0000 (UTC), Cydrome Leader
That's the way they are in the big city. I go to a tiny town and they
order books for me from other libraries across state lines, not once
would they do that for me in a big city.
I think I have one, want me to post it when I run into it? As soon as
it gets warm I'll go through boxes looking for something else. I don't
thing I'll need procedures on how to do perspectives and true sized
edges and plains. I can't afford $5,000 for AutoDesk and the drafting
machine and table seem to give a better thought process.
Rant on for libraries. They should up and throw those bums out, in
Vegas with the heat they PACK the place up for the AC and almost every
chair has a stinking bum in it, it is so bad that the first blast of
air stinks and that was when I was a smoker. Every time I find a book
close to something I would like to read it's stolen and never
replaced. Vegas has at least a whole book case in one library of
nothing but sheep books! I attacked a librarian once and she gave up
the secret, they stick the good books in a warehouse to rot and you
have to go and appeal to the county library board to drag out a list
or a book or denial. They spend millions ( I forget the number) on the
building and nothing on the books inside. Should set it up in an
abandoned building and get some really cool books, but... NOooo.
At least it would help out the sky is falling writers, I think they
may not be selling books so well, hey I like them. Who cares what the
main stream wants to read, the library should have them all, not
keeping Sponge Bob on the shelf and warehouse the myth books. Probably
cause the $5 million building doesn't have enough floor space for book
shelfs OR will upset the motif of the airport open space architecture.
Well, now ya'll know what rattles around my head as I walk into a
library , and as I give no respect to the guard at the door. What
would Ben Franklin think?
Oh, and someone would need to vouch for you. Not exchanging addresses
with someone that my memory goes back to two months.
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