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R. J. DeCristoforo

#250958 by jsburger » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:57 pm

Here is an interesting link Skip posted over on his Yahoo group.

http://www.woodworkinghistory.com/manual_author10.htm

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John & Mary Burger
Eagle's Lair Woodshop
Hooper, UT

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#250968 by skou » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:53 am

Interesting!

Yes, I knew that RJ lived in Los Altos Hills,
one of the most exclusive towns in Santa
Clara valley.

I grew up in Sunnyvale, a working-class
city. (Last time my family's house went
on the market, over a MILLION Dollars.
Some working-class neighborhood.)
They paid 24 or 27 thousand for that
house. They did NOT get much of the
increase.

steve
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10 ER, stripped down.
Basic 10ER, Parts machine. Will be a semi-dedicated drill-press machine.
10 ER, a "survivor" of the trailer fire, in the back yard, needing restoration. Has a Mk5 headrest. Finally, stripped down.
Numerous parts, for Model 10 stuff. Except for lower saw guard, A and B adapters, I've got it.

Looking for one more, or some 9 inch extension table raisers.

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#250969 by everettdavis » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:25 am

The work on R.J DeCristoforo states "(On the left is one of numerous images of R J DeCristoforo in the 1st manual commissioned by Shopsmith."

He was an employee of Magna at the time he wrote that book, and was tasked with writing the book. R.J. DeChristoforo finished PTWFE (10ER) and assumed Assistant Advertising and Promotion Manager Dec 1952 before it was published in 1953.
R.J. DeChristoforo finished PTWFE (10ER) and assumed Assistant Advertising and Promotion Manager Dec 1952.png
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In 1954 his assignments included editing Shopsmith Shavings.
R.J. DeCristoforo  MAGNA Employee editing Shopsmith Shavings March 1954.png
R.J. DeCristoforo MAGNA Employee editing Shopsmith Shavings March 1954.png (925.19 KiB) Viewed 946 times


In 1955 he updated the book for Shopsmith Mark 5 and separated from Magna some date afterward at a date I am still seeking. I believe that was before YUBA acquired rights to Magna

Everett

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251081 by chapmanruss » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:17 pm

Was he still with Magna/Yuba/Magna when he wrote Fun With A Saw for the SawSmith Radial Arm Saw copyright 1961 or Modern Power Tool Woodworking for the Mark VII copyright 1967?

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Russ

Mark V 520 S/N 09-11-01 completely upgraded to Mark 7, with all SPT's & more.
Model 10ER S/N R64000 first one I restored on bench w/ Shopsmith metal ends & retractable casters. Has Speed Changer, Model 4E Jointer, Jig Saw with lamp, a complete set of original accessories & much more.
Model 10E S/N 1077 oldest one I have to restore. Will be on bench w/ Shopsmith metal ends & retractable casters.

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251084 by JPG » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:26 pm

chapmanruss wrote:Was he still with Magna/Yuba/Magna when he wrote Fun With A Saw for the SawSmith Radial Arm Saw copyright 1961 or Modern Power Tool Woodworking for the Mark VII copyright 1967?


I do not know about the SawSmith book, but, the Mark VII(Modern Power Tool Woodworking) was Copyrighted by "Magna American Corporation" in 1967. My copy is the 1974 Printing(interesting date!) and was distributed by Arco Publishing Company.

Anybody got a first(1967) edition(assuming there was one!).

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Goldie(Bought New SN 377425)/4" jointer/6" beltsander/12" planer/stripsander/bandsaw/powerstation /Scroll saw/Jig saw /Craftsman 10" ras/Craftsman 6" thicknessplaner/ Dayton10"tablesaw(restoredfromneighborstrashpile)/ Mark VII restoration in 'progress'/ 10E(SN E3779) restoration in progress, a 510 on the back burner and a growing pile of items to be eventually returned to useful life. - aka Red Grange

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251087 by chapmanruss » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:57 pm

Mine is the 1974 printing also.

My copy of Fun With A Saw is copyright 1961 McGraw-Hill Book Company and goes on the state -
Copyright 1961 by R. J. De Cristoforo. Printed in the United States of America. All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publishers, author, and Magna American Corporation. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 61-16928

Interesting Magna American Corporation and 1961 documented together. There is no indication it is a later reprint.

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Russ

Mark V 520 S/N 09-11-01 completely upgraded to Mark 7, with all SPT's & more.
Model 10ER S/N R64000 first one I restored on bench w/ Shopsmith metal ends & retractable casters. Has Speed Changer, Model 4E Jointer, Jig Saw with lamp, a complete set of original accessories & much more.
Model 10E S/N 1077 oldest one I have to restore. Will be on bench w/ Shopsmith metal ends & retractable casters.

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251090 by everettdavis » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:20 am

chapmanruss wrote:Was he still with Magna/Yuba/Magna when he wrote Fun With A Saw for the SawSmith Radial Arm Saw copyright 1961 or Modern Power Tool Woodworking for the Mark VII copyright 1967?


I haven’t found an answer, but I believe he left sometime before 1960’s and was writing his own material and maybe contracted in a joint venture as one fellow in California I spoke with suggests.

Russ, I don’t have anything to validate one or the other yet. I am still looking. My research has been Magna / Shopsmith. If we had other missing MagPie newsletters, there might be something documented. I will keep an eye out for that as I keep researching the history

Everett

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251125 by edflorence » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:22 am

My copy of Modern Power Tool Woodworking is copyrighted by Magna American Corporation of Raymond, Mississippi, and has a copyright date of 1967. On the title page the words Magna Publications Raymond, Mississippi appears below the author's name, and following the copyright page there is an introduction written by R.J.D. and dated October, 1966. Those are the only dates I can find. The copyright page also gives credit for preparing, printing and binding to Fawcett Publications. The book jacket is orange, with a design that includes some spindle turnings and a couple of stylized Windsor-style chairs.



JPG wrote:Anybody got a first(1967) edition(assuming there was one!).

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Ed
Idaho Panhandle
Mark 5 of various vintages, Mini with reversing motor, bs, dc3300, jointer, increaser, decreaser

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251126 by JPG » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:57 am

What is on the spine bottom between the title and a magna logo at the very bottom.

Mine has "ARCO".


I BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE FIRST PRINTING.

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Goldie(Bought New SN 377425)/4" jointer/6" beltsander/12" planer/stripsander/bandsaw/powerstation /Scroll saw/Jig saw /Craftsman 10" ras/Craftsman 6" thicknessplaner/ Dayton10"tablesaw(restoredfromneighborstrashpile)/ Mark VII restoration in 'progress'/ 10E(SN E3779) restoration in progress, a 510 on the back burner and a growing pile of items to be eventually returned to useful life. - aka Red Grange

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Re: R. J. DeCristoforo

#251132 by edflorence » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:39 am

JPG wrote:What is on the spine bottom between the title and a magna logo at the very bottom.

Mine has "ARCO".


I BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE FIRST PRINTING.


Nope, no ARCO, just space between the bottom of the title and the Magna logo. Nice to know it is a first edition, but I can't get too excited since a previous owner used a pencil to underline many passages and add little notes on some pages. Oh well, I guess its not a collectible, but still a fun source of good information. One of my projects to be done "someday soon" is to build a little wall cupboard to house the various versions of PTWFE and keep them in the shop for ready reference. They are shelved together in a bookcase in my den right now.

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Ed

Idaho Panhandle

Mark 5 of various vintages, Mini with reversing motor, bs, dc3300, jointer, increaser, decreaser

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