At the moment, the following titles are out of print, and therefore not available:
The Machinist's Second Bedside Reader (TMBR#2)
The Machinist's Third Bedside Reader (TMBR#3)
Clockmaking for the Home Shop Machinist.
Tables and Instructions for Ball and Radius Generation.
I am working on new arrangements whereby these titles will hopefully once again be available.
Please keep an eye on this website for further news .
In the meantime, you can still order many of our plans, videos, the Gruppo #1 CD, etc.
Machinist's Bedside Reader
(Subtitle: Projects, hints, tips and anecdotes of the trade)
This book includes fully dimensioned, working drawings and detailed instructions for several interesting projects including 15 practical machinists tools and lathe accessories such as:
a finger plate (flat vise),
a caliper-type knurling tool,
a jig for sharpening small drills (1/8" to #60),
3 accessory lathe faceplates ....
a handsome box latch that will mystify your friends
a shop-made sling swivel base
PLUS you'll learn much useful shop know-how to help you get things done faster and easier in your shop.
how to sharpen a center punch - properly.
what lube to use for tapping and machining copper
how to design and fit split cotters.
how to hold thin work in the lathe chuck.
You'll also enjoy the several machine shop anecdotes, and the fascinating account of a little lathe made "from nothing" in a Japanese POW camp. And you'll learn "The Secret of the Old Master," in a heartwarming story by Lucian Cary.
Click on this link to see the complete Table of Contents of The Machinist's Bedside Reader (which you can abbreviate to TMBR#1, if you like).
Available from Amazon, $44.99 (USD).
The Machinist's Second Bedside Reader
Like the first book, TMBR#2 is filled with more hints, tips, and projects.
The Second Bedside Reader contains full plans for:
an elegant between-centers boring bar
a poor man's jig borer - a WW2-era device which allows high accuracy hole location on a drill press
an overhead drive for your milling spindle
a toolpost fixture for rounding the ends of small parts
a fixture for cutting multiple-start threads
a simple shop-made sine bar and sine fixture for your milling machine
a "Lunkenheimer" type whistle - steam or air operated
a kaleidoscope - great for gifts, and a possible money-maker
..... and much more!
an old gagemaker's methods for surface grinding and lapping for flat, square, and finish tolerances far beyond what normal machining methods can produce.
an easy way of originating high accuracy master division plates
three ways to make master reference squares
yet another way of holding thin workpieces.....etc.
This book also contains an enjoyable fiction story, The Bullseye Mixture, which incorporates complete information on the subject of pack casehardening.
View the complete Table of Contents of The Machinist's Second Bedside Reader (TMBR#2)
(Not currently available)
The Machinist's Third Bedside Reader
TMBR#3 contains even more pages, more photographs, and lots more neat stuff - projects, hints, tips, and technical how-to info you won't get elsewhere.
In this book you will find full working drawings and how-to-make info on:
A "Co-Ax" type indicator for use on your milling machine (and how to make and use edge finders, center finders, and "wigglers").
A complete sandblast outfit, including 2 shop-made sandblast guns, and 3 ideas for sandblast cabinets
miniature spar tree blocks ("Loggers' jewelry")
wire bending jigs
In-depth sections on:
taper turning (3 approaches)
making target quality triggers for Mauser type bolt action rifles (and how to make muzzle brakes and rifle cleaning rods)
how to overhaul drill chucks, including how to do a deluxe overhaul on keyless drill chucks!
how to make car badges that look like they came from the factory
And - If you want to learn how to sharpen reamers, you'll find out how in this book. You simply will NOT get this info anywhere else.
Do you want to know how to:
fit a backplate to a lathe chuck?
use an edgefinder to best advantage, and how to "Pick up" an edge in a hurry?
hold a gib strip for machining?
pull a tee in the wall of a pipe?
get broken taps out of aluminum?
knurl the edge of a rectangular block?
file off that last half thou?
You'll find out the above and lots more in The Machinist's Third Bedside Reader.
View the complete Table of Contents of The Machinist's Third Bedside Reader. (TMBR#3)
(Not currently available)
Comprehensive Index to
The Machinist's Bedside Readers and "Hey Tim..."
Now you can find those obscure points you know are somewhere in the 700+ pages of the 3 Bedside Readers (and if you have it, "Hey tim, I gotta tell ya....", which is currently out of print).
Just think of key words concerning the subject you want to look up - from abrasives to workbenches - and you'll quickly have the correct reference(s)! It ran to just over 10 pages, so we used part of the remaining space for some good info updates.
(Currently not available)
Click here to find out!