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Re: OT - manuals on maching / metal working?
Start with "Machine Shop Practice" by K.H. Moltrecht, Industrial Press, 200 Madison Ave, New York 10016, ISBN 0-8311-1132-1. It's a two-volume set that covers everything that you will need in a 'hand-cranked' shop. There is one chapter about N.C. machining, but it's totally obsolete.
A book that I use more frequently now is "Machinery's Handbook" by Oberg, Jones and Horton, ISBN 0-8311-1155-0, also from Industrial Press. It's a reference book with everything you need to know about alloy types and properties, bearings, conversion tables, trig functions and how to use them, drill bit sizes, thread specifications, cutting fluids, heat treating, knurling, sealants, electric motor specs, and on and on - an amazing source of data. I have the 22nd edition. The 26th is the current printing, but an older copy from a used book store will serve you well. MSC (mscdirect.com) lists it for $85.00. I doubt that there is a significant machine shop in the country that doesn't have a copy.