I can’t believe we haven’t covered The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander G. Weygers yet! The Complete Modern Blacksmith is a volume containing three books written by Weygers, “The Modern Blacksmith”, “The Recycling, Use and Repair of Tools” and “The Making of Tools” published by 10 Speed Press.
The book contains a trove of material on setting up a low cost blacksmithing forge and blacksmithing basics, the making of blacksmithing tools, the making of just about every other kind of tool, such as chisels and screwdrivers — all the way to drills and milling cutters. It is the only book we’ve read that covers how to make a Watts-type square hole drill! Then there’s the woodturning lathe and tools. Anyway it’s a big mess of fun projects and with great detail and beautiful drawings by the author. Very “70’s” if you know what I mean.
The book has a list price of $19.95 and is available on Amazon for $13.57 and from other sellers for even less. Even if you never intend to do a bit of blacksmithing, the book is an entertaining read.