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Notes:

There is precedent for this – for people wanting to tinker with technology in their spare time.

This is “Work”, an Illustrated Journal for “Mechanicks”.

It is from 1889 onwards.

They were pretty hardcore – make your own lathe, turn your lathe into a circular saw, learn to solder metals, make handsome furniture from wood from packing crates, make metal tools at home, learn sign-painting...

You can read the Work Magazine Reprint Project Blog at http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/