MACHINE SHOP ESSENTIALS: Q&A
by Frank Marlow, PE
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I have often been
asked by customers to suggest a good book on basic machine shop
practice. The book described on this page is excellent. There are over 500 nice clear line drawings to
illustrate things, and the information is presented as questions, followed by answers. The basic idea of the author was to
provide information useful to the person who might be doing model or
prototype work, one offs, etc., in a shop where CNC equipment is not
available. Also, the person was not expected by the author
to have much or any prior training as a machinist. Thus, the book
starts with the basics.
The author describes this book as follows:
".....A comprehensive and detailed presentation of manual machine tools and methods,
machine shop know-how and practical shop tips. Machine Shop
Essentials: Q&A 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
More than half the book is devoted to small and medium-size lathes and
milling machines, such as 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..."
The Tables of Contents is as follows:
Chapter 1 Measurement Tools, Layout &
Chapter 2 Basic Hand Tools
Chapter 3 Filing &
Chapter 4 Grinding, Reaming, Broaching & Lapping
Drills & Drilling Operations
Chapter 6 Threads & Threading
7 Turning Operations
Chapter 8 Milling Operations
Chapter 9 Fastening
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 Sources of Tools, Materials &
The book also features:
- Step-by-step instructions for many common machine shop operations,
including typical problems and their solutions.
- Shortcuts, specialized tools and tips from expert machinists on
indispensable shop-made tools that will quickly expand the user's
- Machine tool accessories that simplify making complex parts.
- Info on threaded and non-threaded fasteners.
- General shop safety issues and special precautions for each machine
- A review of basic precision measuring and marking tools and methods.
- How to incorporate purchased components such as bearing, gears, snap rings
and roll pins to quickly make sophisticated and durable devices.
- How to heat-treat steel in the machine shop.
- Guidelines for avoiding metal fatigue failures.
- Cutting, drilling, and shaping plastic, rubber and glass.
- Safety precautions and equipment for each machine tool.
- A comprehensive machine shop glossary.
One customer says:
"...This book ...(is)..an excellent resource for information
not generally discussed or even written about. I would recommend this book
to anyone interested in machining.... " Otto Kerbs, Montreal,
MACHINE SHOP ESSENTIALS: Q&A
By Frank M. Marlow
Illustrated by Pamela J. Tallman
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(PLEASE NOTE: We can no longer accept orders for this book from Hawaii. The publisher has had several copies go missing in the mail on their way to customers there, and has decided not to accept any more book orders from that location.
Canadian Customers: We
no longer accept rders for this book from Canadian customers, because
the cost to ship it from the US to Canada drives the price to an exorbitant level.
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