I picked up a used copy of Making & Using Your Own Tools and Workshop Accessories (ISBN 9780830600328) a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a good cheap read. The book is a series of reprinted projects from “School Shop” magazine, originally published by Tab Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield. The book focuses on making tools and accessories in the typical high school metal and wood shop. Many of the projects are of the typical type found in other books, such as making a sander, hammer, etc., but there are many gems to be found in this 360 page tome. It’s the only book we’ve found with instructions for making a magnetic vee block! So if you love projects or need some inspiration, get a copy. It’s especially valuable if you happen to be a shop teacher.
The book is out of print, but as is typical for most TAB books the used prices are cheap, from 35 cents to $10. I paid $1.50 for my copy.
Special thanks to Shorpy for use of the great photo of a 1921 middle school shop class.