drafting books

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.
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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 then.
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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.
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wrote:

Try the used bookstores. And, if your library has them, the for-sale books stack.
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 good.
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Ed Huntress wrote:

Or they show up on Google Books.
http://books.google.com/books?id=l9A0AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Essentials+of+Drafting&source=bl&ots=ykVKrfC1T0&sig=xhcFOEYNG-X3T8dGSwnym8WlvFI&hl=en&ei=EPWMTefvDMGjtge-xaixDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved DIQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&fúlse
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 . . .
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http://books.google.com/books?id=l9A0AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Essentials+of+Drafting&source=bl&ots=ykVKrfC1T0&sig=xhcFOEYNG-X3T8dGSwnym8WlvFI&hl=en&ei=EPWMTefvDMGjtge-xaixDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved DIQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&fúlse
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.
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Hmmm... near as I can tell, this appears to be by the same author as the classic "Engineering Drawing" (at least, they have the same last name). Is it a more-modern followup to that book?
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Dunno. It's by French and Vierck. Mine is the 11th edition, 1972; 787 pages plus extensive appendices.
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Ed Huntress wrote:

And I thought MINE was old... :)
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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?
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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 me.
The libraries here are just free daycare for shitty parents and places for people that don't bathe to hang out all day.
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On Mar 26, 8:28 pm, Cydrome Leader

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.
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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.
SW
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