The manufacturers of the 1873 Grant locomotive would probably turn over in their respective graves if they were to see the picture of the model by Doug Kenncy ("Spoked Wheels,"Ma y/J une, 1989 AW).
Observe the connecting rod between the front and rear driving wheels of the locomotive. If the front drivers were to turn counterclockwise the rear drivers would have to turn clockwise, and the locomotive would go exactly nowhere. This connecting rod must be parallel to the rail.
Aside from the above criticism. I was very impressed with the article. For a further touch of realism, I suggest installing counterweights on the driving wheels opposite the connecting-rod pins.
Stewart \l. Sullivan Shawnee, KS
The mistake was ours, not the loco-motive's builder, Doug Kenney. We positioned the wheels incorrectly when itt' set up the photo.
I just received the Mav/June, 1989 issue. I'm delighted! I can't wait to build the file cabinet to store all my paper clutter. However, two of my biggest interests are trains and wooden toys. The spoked wheels are just what I needed.
Dick Griffith Southington, CT
I was delighted to read the article in your May/June, 1989 issue on Spoked Wheels by Doug Kenney but saddened that he stopped at the wheels. This is a great looking train, and I would like to sec a detailed diagram with measurements. Please keep the high-quality small-scale projects coming.
Michael s. Lachina Brooklyn, NY
Your recent issue of AW arrived in its biodegradable plastic wrapper. I think it's wonderful! We appreciate your environmental concern and are especially happy to purchase your magazine.
Jo Ann Shields Ottawa, IL
I just finished reading Mr. Robert M. Ressel's comments on Norm Abram in the Mav/June "Letters."
Mr. Ressel should understand that the vast majority of subscribers to woodworking magazines are the weekend-warrior type who enjoy woodworking as a hobby. Most of us have no interest in taking on a project that could be defined as "fine furniture." For example, just looking at the plans for a Bombe' chest is intimidating and beyond most of our capabilities. Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop book and PBS show are targeted at people like me. We want projects that are attractive, functional and most importantly, "do-able." He serves us non-professionals very well.
Thomas e. Bewley
Hot everyone who reads your magazine is a professional. In fact, I'm sure the opposite is true. Therefore, Mr. Robert M. Ressel has missed the point of AW and certainly The New Yankee Workshop book and TV series. Neither the book nor the series is geared toward professionals but rather for people who enjoy woodworking on a variety of levels and who are interested in making something for themselves, not for profit.
I place myself among the above group and have enjoyed the entire New Yankee Workshop series. Mr. Abram has made some attractive projects requiring varying degrees of skill, and the show was far more entertaining than watching someone spend half-an-hour hand-cutting dovetails.
Robert A. Dana Richmond. VA
My only serious criticism of AW is its odd size. Most people will want to keep all the issues, and the easiest, neatest way is to file them in standard three-ring binders. You might consider resizing the magazine, perforating it and offering printed binders.
Duncan A. Fields Piedmont. SC
We don't haw any plans to down-size AMERICAN WOODWORKER, and the magazine's too thick to punch full of holes and stick in a three-ring binder. You can keep your back issues of AW neat and clean by storing them in "official" AW slipcases or binders (complete with logo). Each slipcase ($8.95) or binder (SI0.95) holds 12 issues and may be ordered from: Jesse Jones industries. Dept. RP-AW, 499 East Erie Aw., Philadelphia, PA 19134. Phone: 800-972-5858.
Just a word to tell you that I really enjoyed reading May/June, 1989 AW. It came today, and I have gone over it several times, each time with more appreciation. I like the mix of articles and the layout.
Jesse Sklarin Marlboro. NJ
Send your comments, compliments, complaints and corrections to: Editor, AMERICAN WOODWORKER. 33 E Minor St., Emmaus, PA 18098.
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