By Frank M. Marlow
Illustrated by Pamela J. Tallman
Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Index & Glossary
Illustrations: 500 line drawings
Dimensions: 7 × 10 × 1¼ inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Publisher: Metal Arts Press
Second Edition, © May 2008
Subject: Machine Shop Practice
Level: Basic to Intermediate
List Price: $44.95
Chapter 1 Measurement Tools, Layout & Job Planning
Chapter 2 Basic Hand Tools
Chapter 3 Filing & Sawing
Chapter 4 Grinding, Reaming, Broaching & Lapping
Chapter 5 Drills & Drilling Operations
Chapter 6 Threads & Threading
Chapter 7 Turning Operations
Chapter 8 Milling Operations
Chapter 9 Fastening Methods
Chapter 10 Machine Shop Steel Metallurgy
Chapter 11 Safety & Good Shop Practices
Chapter 12 Other Shop Know-how
Appendix I — Sharpening Steel Lathe Tools
Appendix II — Surface Speed Table & Cutting Tool Selector Chart
Appendix III — Decimal Equivalents of Fractional, Letter & Metric Drills
Machine Shop Essentials is a helpful collection of information that will introduce the essential processes of metalworking to the new machinist...The process of cutting metal can be extremely complicated if you try to cover every possible contingency, but Frank has done a good job of hitting the highlights without getting into detail that might never be of use to someone working in a home shop....
Joe Martin, Owner of Sherline Products Inc.
Machine Shop Essentials is an excellent book which presents a wide array of basic machinist's know-how...Even from a brief look through it, I learned some new things....
I often get asked, "What's a good book on basic metalworking and machine shop practice?" From now on, I'm going to say, "Get yourself a copy of Machine Shop Essentials."
Guy Lautard, Author of The Machinist's Bedside Readers
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What's this book about?
Using machine tools—lathes, mills and drill presses. The book explains how they operate, how to set up work, and how to safely use these tools. There is extensive material on workholding in the lathe—collets, chucks, mandrels, faceplates and centers. Milling machine tooling is covered in detail. It is not about production methods or NC machine tools.
Who was this book written for?
Machinists, industrial prototypers, car restorers, R&D lab technicians, instrument makers, product designers, gunsmiths, engineers, inventors, and people making one-of-a-kind repair parts. The book is perfect for beginning to intermediate skill levels.
What size machine tools are covered?
Lathes as small as Sherline and Levine and as large as Colchester. Sherline and Bridgeport-style mills are also covered.
What is the strongest feature of this book?
500 illustrations with step-by-step procedures to provide the know-how and techniques for quick, safe success with machine tools. Many methods, precautions, and corrective steps that were learned through hard experience are included.
What's new in the Second Edition of Machine Shop Essentials?
Two master machinists have reviewed Machine Shop Essentials line-by-line and suggested dozens of revisions and additions. Hundreds of drawings have been upgraded, several dozen new ones have been added. New material on recovering from snapped center drill tips, making twist drill extensions with a file, adjusting flycutters, milling machine boring, quick-change tool holders, adjustable reamers and repair dies vs. threading dies. Almost every procedure has new, additional suggestions for avoiding machining problems and getting out of them when you do not. There are new tables for slip and press fits, lathe speed cutter selection and drill sizing.