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Introductory Machining Books

Machine Shop Trade Secrets

By James A. Harvey.
Second Edition 2013, 324+ pages, softbound.
From basic to advanced machining, this easy to understand book lists suggestions for immediately improving your machining skills.
New 2nd edition features full color photos, more discussion of CNC machining, improved index.

This is a practical "how-to" book aimed at the typical small machine shop, with lots of helpful photos.

Rather than present a lot of tables and charts, Harvey gives practical, day-to-day machining advice in an enthusiastic, conversational tone.
As he notes, in machining "You get to destroy as you create. After nearly forty years working in the trade, I still like making a big mess of chips."

There are helpful hints on threading, cutting, grinding, finishing, and CNC work.
Filled with practical tips, both conventional and CNC, plus a much needed chapter on help for engineers from a machinist's perspective.

A limited number of copies of the first edition are available at a reduced price.
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Machine Shop Trade Secrets - 2nd Ed

Machine Shop Essentials

By Frank Marlow.
520 pages. Second Edition, 2011. Paperbound. Illustrated with line drawings.
A comprehensive and detailed presentation of manual machine tools and methods, machine shop know-how and practical shop tips.
This is a great book to introduce you to all aspects of machine shop work and vocabulary. Marlow describes different machine tools, details their use, discusses work holding, tool holding, and cutting tools. He provides an introduction to fastening, safety, and metallurgy.
More description is at Machine Shop Essentials website.

Machine Shop Essentials is for a wide range of users including machinists, engineers, model makers, R & D lab technicians, instrument makers, prototype builders, product designers and gunsmiths who need to make prototypes, models or spare parts, or need to modify existing equipment.

This book can also be used to gain a basic understanding of machine tools before moving on to computer-controlled machine tools.

More than half the book is devoted to small and medium-size lathes and milling machines, such as Levin jewelers' lathes, Sherline miniature lathes and mills, Clausing lathes, and Bridgeport-style vertical milling machines.

It examines how these machines are constructed, their cutting tools and accessories and how to use them.
This back-to-basics book contains all the information needed for a fundamental understanding of machine tools, and presents this information in the same straightforward, easy-to-read question-and-answer format used in the author's two successful welding books: Welding Essentials and Welding Fabrication & Repair.
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Machine Shop Essentials - Frank Marlow

Machine Shop Know-How

By Frank Marlow.
520 pages. 2010. Paperbound. Illustrated with nearly 600 new line drawings.
The long awaited sequal to Machine Shop Essentials.
There is only enough overlap between the two books to provide continuity and context. Over 90% of the material is new. The book is directed towards the intermediate to advanced machinist.

Using an easy to understand chapter format, Machine Shop Know-How presents hundreds of imaginative shop solutions devised by top industry professionals, including how to really organize your shop; how to truly master your lathe, milling machine, bandsaws and grinders; how to fabricate ingenious shop-made tools and modify existing ones; how to make clever and useful jigs and fixtures; and how to use the valuable skill-building lessons learned in this book to solve your own shop problems. There are over 100 pages of tips and techniques.

There are dozens of projects that you can make. Not only will they provide important skill-building shop experience, you will own valuable, practical tools to improve your work and your machine tools. Many projects have detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Lathes as small as Sherline and Levine and as large as Kent and Colchester are discussed. Kent, Sherline and Bridgeport-style mills are also covered.

Chapter 1 Setting Up Shop
Chapter 2 Metals, Alloys, Oils & Hardness Testing
Chapter 3 Tapers, Dowel Pins, Fasteners& Key Concepts
Chapter 4 Filing & Grinding
Chapter 5 Drilling, Reaming & Tapping
Chapter 6 Bandsaws
Chapter 7 Lathes
Chapter 8 Milling Machines
Chapter 9 Machine Shop Problem Solving
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Machine Shop Know-How

Metalworking - Doing it Better

By Tom Lipton 8-1/2" x 11", softbound, full color, 344 pages, 2013.

Tom lipton is the author of the popular book, Metalworking Sink or Swim.
This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences is presented in a way that captures the readers’ attention and engages them in the process of furthering their skills.
It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique techniques and observations from four decades in the metalworking trades.
Perfect for hobbyists and veterans alike, and for those who work out of either small shops or garages, backyard facilities and basements.
It will help any metalworker do better work and do it faster!

Users will learn about:
The shop environment.
Basic generic skills such as drawing and sketching, accuracy, speed, shop math and trigonometry, and angles.
Setting up your shop, including floors, light, heating and cooling, workbenches and tables, air supply, raw material storage and handling, safety equipment, filing, sawing, rigging and lifting.
Manual and CNC lathes. Manual and CNC mills.
Welding. Flame straightening. Sheet metal, patterns, cones, and tanks and baffles.
Sanding, grinding, and abrading.


Covers hundreds of shop-tested techniques.
These creative and unique techniques have been shop-tested by the author the old-fashioned way, by repetition and hard work.
Metalworking - Doing It Better includes over 900 4-color images personally photographed by the author to illustrate the methods he describes in the book.
The guide has been designed so that in virtually every case, the tips and the supporting photographs appear together on the same page.
Many of the topics address specific trade skills, working with manual and CNC lathes and mills, as well as welding flame straightening, sheet metal, sanding, grinding, and abrading.
Earlier chapters focus on general across-the-board skills, including essential shop math and trigonometry, accuracy, speed, drawing, and sketching.
Includes extensive guidance for setting up your workshop.
Chapter 4 helps you with shop basics : finding the right floor and lights, heating and cooling, workbenches and tables, air supply, storage and handling of raw materials, and much more.
Written from a folksy, personal perspective.
The tips and techniques are presented as an ongoing, informal conversation between the author and the reader.
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$27.50 BK-BETTER
Metalworking - Doing it Better

Metalworking Sink or Swim

Metalworking Sink or Swim- Tips and Tricks for Machinists, Welders, and Fabricators
Tom Lipton
300 pages, Illustrated
Published: January, 2009

This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences from a veteran of the trade is presented in a way that captures the attention of users and engages them in the process of furthering the art. It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique skills and observations from almost 40 years in the metalworking trades. What's more, it offers enough material from several metalworking trades to start a great research and development shop. It is sure to be a valuable and time-saving resource for anyone involved in the fabrication of metal.

* Written by a shop peer from the perspective of having done the required work.
* Includes nearly 1,000 full-color photos, as well as numerous illustrative stories that help users easily understand the material presented and the techniques provided.
* Contains a chapter on flame straightening techniques.
* Offers many examples of special workholding techniques.
* Covers crossover skills like Welding/Machine, Sheetmetal/Welding, and Design/Management.

Table of Contents:

Diving In
* Welcome to Sink or Swim
* Personal Learning Attitude
* Shop Environment
* Thursday Nights
* What's A Journeyman Anyway?
* Format

Brain Food
* Communication
* Drawing and Sketching
* Minimizing Screw Ups
* Accuracy
* Speed
* Shop Math
* Mass, Volume, and Area
* Angles and Shop Trigonometry
* The Metric System
* Computers and the Metalworker
* Dumb and Dumber
* Want to Make a Million Dollars? Somethings That Really Need to be Invented

Bean Counter Lounge

Get the Shop Set Up

* Floors
* Light
* Food Preparation Area
* Food Consumption Area
* Heating and Cooling
* Workbenches and Tables
* Air Supply in the Metalworking Shop
* Raw Material Storage and Handling
* Material Identification and Characteristics
* Safety Equipment
* Tool Crib
* Benchwork
* Filing
* Saws and Sawing
* Rigging and Lifting

Manual Lathe
* Threading in the Manual Lathe
* Multiple Start Threads

Manual Milling Machine
* Bridgeport Mills
* Suggested Improvement
* s Spherical Surface Generation in the Manual Milling Machine

CNC Mill
* Working with CNC Equipmen
* t CNC Mill

CNC Lathe
* CNC Lathe Programming

The Welding Shop
* Getting Started
* Layout Work
* Some of My Favorite Hand Tools
* Welding Table
* Brake Bumping

The Lost Art of Flame Straightening
* Limitations
* How Flame Straightening Works
* Straightening Shafts and Tubes
* Special Applications of Heat Shrinking

Sheet Metal Shop
* Layout Work
* Blank Length Calculations
* Patterns
* The "Yank Method"
* Box and Pan Brakes
* Forming and Layout of Cones
* Tanks and Baffles

The Abrasion Department
* Sanding, Grinding, and Abrading
* The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
* Radius Grinding

The Junk Drawer
* Miscellaneous Tricks Without a Home
* Ideas for the Shop Floor

Closing Thoughts

Recommended Reading List
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$41.00 BK-SWIM
Metalworking Sink or Swim

Machine Tool Technology Basics

By Steve Krar, Arthur Gill, Peter Smid, and Paul Wanner
2003, illustrated.
416 pages. Softcover.
includes a link to a free CAD/CAM program.

Written by three experienced educators and practitioners, this book is sure to be a useful tool for anyone needing to learn about today's machine tool trade.
Organized in three sections, it begins with basic metal-removal operations of conventional machines, progresses to CNC machines, and finishes with CAD/CAM.
Comes with a CAD/CAM software program for download, making it possible to design a part on a computer, generate machining codes (G&M), and simulate the tool path to check for programming errors.
Begins each section with a Section Opener collage and includes an introduction, learning objectives, key terms summary, and knowledge review questions.
Highlights safety precautions throughout the text.
Includes the latest direct ironmaking and direct steelmaking processes and minimills.
Introduces conventional/programmable lathes, vertical mills, and surface grinders, demonstrating the steps from conventional to CNC machines.
Provides CAD/CAM examples for the lathe and mill.
Contains a comprehensive machine tool glossary.
Offers an overview of Virtual Reality NC.
Contains a careers section that highlights opportunities in metalworking and manufacturing.

The Evolution of Machine Tools
Careers in Machining/Manufacturing
Measuring System and Tools
Workplace Communications
Layout Tools and Procedures
Hand Tools
Power Saws
Drill Presses
The Engine Lathe
Milling Machines
Computer Age Machining
Introduction to CAD/CAM
Heat Treating
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$58.90 BK-MTTB
Machine Tool Technology Basics

Glossary of Metalworking Terms

By Richard P. Pohanish
2005, 5 1/2 X 7 1/4 softcover
436 pages
The only modern glossary of metalworking terms. Heavily cross-referenced, with additional contact information for professional organizations and manufacturers.
Key to Abreviations
Miscellaneous Equivalents
Metal Terms A to Z
Appendix- Manufacturer's Directory
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$26.50 BK-GMT
Glossary of Metalworking Terms

Machine Shop Training Course

Machine Shop Training Course, Fifth Edition
Franklin D Jones
Published January, 1964
Softound ( While supplies last, volume 1 may be hardbound)

Packed with facts and rules that students can put to use in the shop and toolroom. Together, these books provide an outstanding treatise on machine shop practice. No classroom or workshop where apprentices are being trained can afford to be without these valuable combination text and reference guides.

Covers fundamental principles; methods of adjusting and using different types of machine tools - with typical examples of:
* work-measuring instruments and gauges
* cutting screw threads by different processes
* thread grinding
* gear cutting
* precision toolmaking methods
* typical shop problems with solutions
* miscellaneous facts relating to the art of machine construction and much, much more

There are two volumes in the series, available for purchase seperately or as a two-volume set:

Volume I, 570 pages
Table of Contents:
* Principles of Metal Cutting
* Lathe Operations: turning; turning cylindrical parts; taper turning; chucks and faceplates; drilling and boring
* Single Point Form Tools and Tool Grinding
* Speeds and Feeds Principles
* Cooling and Lubrication
* Screw Threads: cutting screw threads; measuring pitch diameters
* Turret Lathes
* Vertical Boring and Turning Machines
* Drilling and Reaming Holes
* Spacing and Locating Holes
* Cylinder Boring
* Jig Boring
* Measuring Instruments
* Gage Blocks
* Generating Surfaces and Angles
* Blueprint Reading
* Shop Safety

Volume II, 566 pages
Table of Contents:
* Tapping
* Dies
* Milling and Grinding Screw Threads
* Rolling Processes
* Planing Processes
* Milling Flat, Curved and Irregular Surfaces
* Indexing
* Cutting Spur and Bevel Gears
* Grinding Cylindrical and Tapered Parts
* Grinding Milling Cutters and Reamers
* Lapping
* Broaching Internal and External Surfaces
* Chipping, Filing and Scraping
* Tool Steels for Metal Cutting
* Heat Treatment of Steels
* Numerical Controls

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$23.75 BK-MSTCV1
Machine Shop Training Course, Volume 1

$23.75 BK-MSTCV2
Machine Shop Training Course, Volume 2

$44.50 BK-MSTC
Machine Shop Training Course, Volumes 1 and 2

Machine Shop Practice

Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition
Karl H Moltrecht
Published January, 1981

While supplies last - Special price on set of volume 1 and 2.

Everything the apprentice or on-the-job professional needs to know about the intelligent and efficient operation of machine tools is here.
* Includes over 760 illustrations and 70 tables in two volumes.
* Offers sections on numerical control; grinding wheels; single point cutting tools and tool wear; basic drilling machine setups; and formulas for estimating the power required for planing.
* Provides detailed discussions on methods of setting up the workpiece on milling machines, horizontal boring machines, planers and shapers.

Volume I, 496 pages
Table of Contents:
* Basic Metal Cutting Operations
* Basic Measuring Instruments
* Layout Work
* Drilling Machines, Twist Drills and Auxillary Tooling
* Drilling Machine Operations
* Engine Lathe Construction
* Single Point Cutting Tools and Their Performance
* Cylindrical Turning
* Chucking Work
* Taper and Angle Turning
* Faceplate Work
* Screw Threads and Screw Thread Measurements
* Cutting Screws on a Lathe
* Turret Lathes, Production Lathes and Vertical Lathes
* Precision Hole Location - the Jig Borer
* Metal Cutting Saws

Volume II, 517 pages
Table of Contents:
* Shaper Construction.
* Shaper Work.
* Planers and Planer Work.
* Milling Machine Construction.
* Milling Cutters.
* Milling Machine Operations.
* Indexing.
* Dividing Head Work.
* Helical and Cam Milling.
* The Horizontal Boring Machine.
* Grinding Wheels.
* Cylindrical Grinding.
* Surface Grinding.
* Cutter and Tool Grinding.
* Numerical Controlled Machine Tools.
* Surface Plate Work.

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Out of stock
$31.50 BK-MSP1
Machine Shop Practice (2nd Ed) Volume 1

$27.50 BK-MSP2
Machine Shop Practice (2nd Ed) Volume 2 (sale - limited quantity)
Out of stock
$59.90 BK-MSP-SET
Machine Shop Practice (2nd Ed) Volume 1 and 2 Set

Bondhus Stubby Double Ball L-Wrench Sets

Exclusive MaxTorque ball end on short arm allows access to screw heads located in tight spaces straight-in or at an angle.

Wrench delivers 50% more torque than conventional ball ends
Tool inserts into screw and works at a 15 degree angle

Standard Bondhus ball end on long arm inserts into screw and works at a 25 degree angle.

Extra long length provides for greater torque.
Made in USA.
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$24.90 BON-67037
Bondhus Stubby Double Ball Hex Key Set, .050"- 3/8"

$20.20 BON-67099
Bondhus Stubby Double Ball Hex Key Set, 1.5mm- 10mm