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Modern 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.

Machine Shop Secrets 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 machine shop tips and tricks, 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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BOOK- 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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BOOK- Machine Shop Essentials

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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BOOK- 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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BOOK- 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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$53.90 BK-SWIM
BOOK- Metalworking Sink or Swim

Machining for Hobbyists

We have temporarily removed these items from our catalog while we re-organize our inventory.
Machining for Hobbyists - Getting Started

Karl H. Moltrecht
220 Pages, Softcover
Published: July, 2015

Machining for Hobbyists is for the do-it-yourselfer or hobbyist who wants to learn the basics of machining and how to set up a small home workshop.
It provides a user-friendly explanation of the essential tools, materials, and techniques that hobbyists need for a variety of metalworking projects.
Tips from the pros writing for Home Shop Machinist magazine are included, as well as a foreword by George Bulliss, the magazine’s editor.

Through easy-to-follow explanations, as well as detailed illustrations and color photography, Machining for Hobbyists guides hobbyists in selecting the proper tools for working with metal, including tips for buying and using bench-top lathes, mills and drill presses.
The book also covers the various cutting components used on these tools.
Provides suggestions for shop layout, including space requirements, lighting, ventilation, and safety.
Guides the reader through the use of specialty tools used for measuring and handling small metal parts.

Written by the author of Machine Shop Practice.
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$35.90 BK-HOBBY
BOOK- Machining for Hobbyists