Free Download: Joseph Moxon’s ‘Mechanick Exercises’

Moxon_book_Moxon.jpgI’ve always been surprised how hard it is to find Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises” in the public domain. A few years ago I stumbled on a link from that HathiTrust and totally forgot about it.

While doing some research on S.W. Silver (makers of campaign furniture), I stumbled on HathiTrust again.

If you don’t have a copy of “Mechanick Exercises,” go here.

The link is for the section on joinery. To download the entire book for free as a pdf, look at the left rail of the page and click on the link “Download Whole Book.” A couple clicks later and the entire “Mechanick Exercises” from 1703 will be on your hard drive, with the plates intact.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.
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10 Responses to Free Download: Joseph Moxon’s ‘Mechanick Exercises’

  1. Marhk says:

    Now, I must say, that was a useful and much appreciated email.
    The book downloaded without a hitch.
    Thanks Chris
    Marhk (AKA: Mark, before)

  2. scribe6 says:

    Quite ufeful,
    fincerely,
    fcribe6

  3. Ronald says:

    Very ufeful indeed!
    I’ve wanted to learn a new language for some time now.
    Thank you!

  4. I found my copy on Google Books which appears to be the same scan from the University of Michigan. But what I like about the HathiTrust version is that it includes a flowing text version instead of just the scanned images. Thanks for sharing the link!

  5. Question on plate 5: What the heck is the machine in Figure 7? I read his explanation and the closest I can get to understanding it is that the machine assists in the making of moulding. Am I right?

  6. m46opie says:

    Most appreciated Chris, thank you very much!!

  7. Interesting that so many of the words we spell with an “s” is written with an “f” instead. I was totally lost until I figured that out. I mean what dose “fquare the ftoke on the firft fide with the plane rank-fet to make it ftraight.” Replace the “f” with “s” and it becomes clear.

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