Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Paladin Press - MORE Makeshift Workshop Skills

MORE Makeshift Workshop Skills

by James Ballou, foreword by Jim Benson

200 pages, 8.5" x 11"
photos, illust.


James Ballou tapped a nerve with his best-selling Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance , and now he's back with even more plans, projects, and concepts for do-it-yourself craftsmen, preppers, and anyone interested in creative improvised workshop methods. Get set to learn how to make dozens of useful items out of nothing more than scrounged materials or common, inexpensive products found in every home. 

  • More homemade tools and hardware—When there is no hardware store, you'll need to know how to make your own tools and parts. Learn even more clever ways to make your own screwdrivers, scissors, saws, screws, nuts, hinges . . .
  • More manually powered machines—When there is no electricity, manually powered machines will need to replace your power tools. Learn how to make workshop machines operated by foot pedals, hand cranks, treadles, spring-poles . . . 
  • More makeshift construction—When you're low on cash, it's convenient to be able to construct your own useful things instead of shelling out money at the store. Now you can create all sorts of functional items out of discarded plastic, scrap metal, duct tape, empty bottles, spent ammo . . . 
  • More makeshift mindset—When you can't just drop by the store for the parts or tools needed to complete a project, your most important tool will be your mind. Ballou helps you develop a "makeshift mindset" so you, too, can come up with unconventional ways to accomplish your workshop goals . . .

All this, plus even more intriguing projects that are not only practical to have but fun to build. Learn how to assemble your own hand truck out of ordinary steel pipe, form a handsome knife sheath and pistol holster out of a worn-out bucket, put together a spectacular pedal-powered lathe out of common lumber and parts, and much more!


As far back as James Ballou can remember, his interests have included survival activities – hunting, fishing, exploring, treasure hunting, backpacking, shooting, making and using tools, and just plain improvising. The author of dozens of magazine articles on various subjects, he also served four years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. This is his third book for Paladin Press.


1) More Improvised Homemade Tools 
- The Simplest Tool 
- The Spearhead Dagger Digging Trowel 
- The Ancient Adze 
- The Essential Awl 
- A Pricking Wheel for Leather 
- The Useful Crooked Knife 
- A PVC Pipe Bucksaw 
- Making a Saw Blade from Scratch 
- Homemade Screwdrivers 
- Homemade Scissors 
2) Manually Powered Machines You Can Build 
- Building Your Own Handcart 
- Foot-Treadle Machines 
- Spring-Pole Machines 
- Machines Powered by Foot Pedals or Hand Cranks 
3) Useful Things from Discarded Plastic Products 
- Ready-Made Plastic Containers 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Plastic Buckets 
- Plastic Bags 
- A PVC Scoop For Digging in Sand 
- Make Use of Those Free Credit Card Offers 
- Commonly Overlooked Sources of Plastic Raw Materials 
4) More Odd Things Adapted From Common Household Items 
- The Versatility of Ordinary Cans 
- Cutting and Breaking Glass Jars and Bottles 
- Making Things Out of Empty Ammunition Cartridge Cases 
- Alternate uses for Ordinary Books 
5) Additional Uses for Duct Tape 
- Which Brand to use? 
- Duct Tape Cordage 
- An All Duct Tape Bag 
- A Duct Tape Handgun Holster 
- A Duct Tape Knife Sheath 
- A Duct Tape Belt 
- Duct Tape Moccasins 
- Functional Duct Tape Arrow Fletching 
- Other Useful Makeshift Applications For Duct Tape 
6) Handy Little Makeshift Tricks 
- Attach Ropes to a Sheet of Tarp With No Grommets 
- Inflate Tubeless Tires 
- Neat Ways to Use Sections of Garden Hose 
- Drill Bit Depth Gauge 
- Drill Press Safety Tips 
- Practical Soldering Techniques 
- Repairs with a Natural Adhesive 
- Dovetailed Joints, Wedge Keys, and Plugs 
- Protect Wooden Ax Handles with Cord 
- Clamps and Vises from Sections of PVC Pipe 
- Handy Tricks for Joining Leather 
- Sharpen Your Dull Drill Bits 
- Expedient Guides, Stops, Jigs, Pushers, and Fences 
- Cover The Jaws of Your Vise 
- Circles for the Makeshift Hobbyist 
7) When You Can't Get to the Hardware Store 
- Making Your Own Nuts, Bolts, and Screws 
- Homemade Wood Screws 
- More Common Hardware Items That Are Easy To Make 
- When the Needed Parts are Missing Or Broken 
- The More Tools You Have, the More You Can Do 
8) Makeshift True Stories 
- Makeshift Camping on Loop Creek 
- Changing a Flat Tire without a Jack Handle 
- Makeshift Repair to a Pair of Eyeglasses 
- Makeshift Windshield wiper Repairs 
- Expedient Ammunition Hand-Loading 
- Makeshift Toy Repairs 
9) Useful Charts and Data for Makeshift Projects 
- Melting Temperatures of Common Metals 
- Fractions to Decimals 
- Useful Mathematical Formulas for Calculating Area and Volume 
- Traditional Units of Measurements 
- Handy Gauge References 
- Some Popular and Useful Engineering Formulas 
10) Useful Mechanical Principles for the Makeshifter 
- Mechanical Advantage 
- Gear Ratios 
- Belt-Driven Pulleys 
- Sprocket and Chain Drives 
- Dealing with Friction 
- Affixing Wheels to Shafts

Index of Paladin Press site archived pages:

Stickgrappler's Note: I am guessing the Paladin site will be shut down at the end of the year and I'm archiving select Paladin Press pages to my blog to preserve an essential part of martial arts from 1970-2017. Archiving some of my favorite Paladin titles.



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