Synopses & Reviews
The 1896 edition of the Young Mechanic contained mostly dull information in its 340 pages. At the back of the book, however, were interesting chapters on how to build simple but functioning steam engines and their boilers. Only those chapters have been reprinted here.
Chapters include: How to Make a Steam Engine, Watt's Engine, and How to Make an Engine. You'll learn about the basics of steam power, packing glands, Newcomen's engine, details of Watt's steam engine, and through-out details on building both the engine and the boiler.
Certainly, this is not a sophisticated engine, but it is an engine that almost anyone can build and operate. Even if you don't build the engine described, you will find useful ideas that you can apply to your own design.