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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-06-2002, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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OT - manuals on maching / metal working?

Anybody got a suggestion for a manual on Machining metal? I just want something that explains processes and terms. I'd like to get into some metal fabrication, mainly welding and machining. I'd like to understand the details of a lathe, and other milling machines. Some sort of reference book would be great.... don't wanna read cover to cover.... just something to investigate HOW they do somethings...and what the proper terms are. I'm gonna search the library and books stores, but as usual would like your input..... want to benefit from the "been there, done that"......
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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.
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Re: OT - manuals on maching / metal working?

This may sound silly but:

1. Go to your local Vocational College.
2. Drop by the bookstore.
3. Pick up the texts used in classes.
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Re: OT - manuals on maching / metal working?

Along the lines of Leve's post -- go ahead and sign up for a class or two while you are over at the community college. There is no substitute for experience and good training.

Look for their Machine Tool Tech and Welding classes. The advantage to this is that they teach you the right way to do things. Sometimes it is kinda confusing in the book.

The Machinery's Handbook is very useful, but for things like that it assumes you have had basic training already.

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Jim Lou recomends 2 very good books I do not even work in a shop anymore but I still use my Handbook. Annother good one is Machining Fundamentals. I loaned mine out, and it was never returned...
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Drew, when you get the info on the classes let me know. I will take the classes too..
BTW... Whatcha' getting ready to build? Remember you can't weld metal to your fiberglass jeep body.. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] :flipoff:
Ricky...seeya...
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Re: OT - manuals on maching / metal working?

Don't worry Ricky, that's why I have the zip ties and duct tape. It's holding up ...... so far!!

I'm just looking for some reference manuals. I'd like to sound like I know what I'm talking about... from time to time.

I may be changing careers, and going back to school. But only time will tell. But in the short run, I'm wanting to figure out some processes, and terms......

Thanks everybody.
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I can't help too much on the machining portion. But I'm a welder and there are a couple of books that I used in my training. "Lessons in Arc Welding" is the main one I will get the authors name if you need it. It explains just about any type of welding, metal properties, types of electrodes to use, procedures. I still reference the book. As for learning to weld, it is something you have to do, it's more of a feel. Its not hard but you need to practice, especially for thin material. Nothing is worse than blowing a hole in your panel because you got the piece to hot. The book also give suggestions on controling warpage. Look up the James F. Lincoln Welding Foundation. They will have it all. Let me know if you have any more questions. Glad to help.
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