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Learn more about your hobby with books, videos and DVDs. We have videos and DVDs to help you learn the basics or to build your own milling machine. Our books cover basic lathe operation to advanced machine shop practice.

4735   Basic Lathework for Home Machinists

  • An overview of the lathe and lathework
  • By Stan Bray
  • 175 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-696-7
  • Copyright 2013
This book covers choosing a machine, cutting tools, workholding, and several common lathe operations. It covers all the need-to-know areas and guides one toward taking full advantage of all the capabilities of a lathe.

3846   Digital Machinist 1 Year Subscription

  • 2 year subscription comprises 4 Issues
Digital Machinist strives to be the greatest source of information and ideas for the hobby CNC user! It includes articles on the basics of programming G-code, various CNC hobby projects, CNC retrofits, robotics, CNC techniques, CAD tips, and much, much more. We also feature The Mechatronist, a column by Weston Bye, in which Wes brings years of experience in the modeling and prototyping field. If you've incorporated, or would like to incorporate, numerical control into your home shop Digital Machinist is for you. Don't miss another issue of Digital Machinist, we cover the digital machining world like no one else! US mailing addresses only.

3824   Digital Machinist 2 Year Subscription

  • 2 year subscription comprises 8 Issues
Digital Machinist strives to be the greatest source of information and ideas for the hobby CNC user! It includes articles on the basics of programming G-code, various CNC hobby projects, CNC retrofits, robotics, CNC techniques, CAD tips, and much, much more. We also feature The Mechatronist, a column by Weston Bye, in which Wes brings years of experience in the modeling and prototyping field. If you've incorporated, or would like to incorporate, numerical control into your home shop Digital Machinist is for you. Don't miss another issue of Digital Machinist, we cover the digital machining world like no one else! US mailing addresses only.

2007   DVD: 7x10 Variable Speed Mini Lathe Operations
This DVD video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a four hour introduction to the use of the mini lathe. The DVD has a menu that makes it easy to return to parts of the video that you want to see again. Jose says: "This one has been a hot topic in recent months on the Net, the various metalworking newsgroups and mailing lists. Now all of your questions, doubts and anything else you may have been wandering about this tool will be answered in a four hour, no holds barred video presentation. The tape will begin with a full tour of the tool, followed by a complete machining presentation that should put to rest any fears or reservations you may have had about this tool once and for all!!! Not only will you be shown just about every basic machining cut a lathe is able to do, you will also see a complete "milling on the lathe " demonstration adapting the Taig vertical milling slide to the mini lathe's cross slide. An extremely informative presentation that will also double as a perfect machining mini-course."

2566   DVD: Advanced Taig Micro Lathe Operations
This video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a four hour lesson on advanced use of the Taig Micro Lathe. Jose says: "See the Taig Micro Lathe perform some of the most unorthodox machining techniques most thought were impossible. Learn how to make 60-50-40 hole indexing plates and how to use it of the Taig. Get that tail stock set to within a few tenth in a couple of minutes with a simple shop made test bar and TDI. See a heavy-duty motorized cross slide drill rig that will perform any radial drilling as well as milling job. See a 50 division graduated dial being engraved with the use of a simple device. Turn the Taig into a miniature 3 in 1 machining center. Would you like a graduated carriage lead screw for your Taig? After viewing this video tape set, you will be able to make one in one evening. Learn to make and use several flex shaft milling and grinding units for both the cross slide and the vertical milling attached. How about auto feed for the carriage and cross slide! These are just some of the fun subjects that will be covered in this new and unique production."

4517   DVD: Basic Indicating Practices for HiTorque Mini Lathes and Mini Mills

  • Running time: Just over 1 hour
This DVD video by Jose Rodriguez provides some practical simple uses of dial indicators to aid in aligning, setting up, and measuring distances with absolute accuracy. The common dial indicator, the test indicator, and the coaxial indicator are demonstrated in "every day " types of situations, along with several types of magnetic mounts. Although these videos show a model 4100 HiTorque Mini Lathe and model 3960 HiTorque Mini Mill, the techniques and principles apply to nearly any machine.

5344   DVD: Basic Operations On The HiTorque Mini Mill
This video takes up where the Introduction the to HiTorque Mini Mill DVD leaves off. It is meant for beginner machinest who just bought the mill and have little to no previous machining experience. This video covers basic tooling to get started. Has a few tips for setup including demonstrations of basic operations including... How to: End milling - Surfacing stock - also to create slots Side Milling - Squaring up ends of rough stock - also to create steps Fly Cutting - to surface and true up rough stock Drilling + How to drill super accurate holes Running time: 25 minutes hour

2564   DVD: Basic Taig Micro Lathe Operations
This video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a two hour introduction to the use of the Taig Micro Lathe. Jose says: "Would you like to be able to see for yourself what can be done on a Taig Micro Lathe with just minimal tooling and expense? Are you somewhat undecided about acquiring one of these small but very capable tools and somehow wished you could just see one being put through its paces before opening your wallet? Well, wait no more! Finally there is a video that will answer most of your basic questions about this lathe. Initial setup hints will be discussed, during a thorough tour of the lathe and its basic components. This will be followed with a complete hands-on demonstration of all the basic machining operations possible on this tool. These will include facing, Turning, Grooving, cut-off or parting cuts, chamfering, center drilling, drilling, reaming, tapping, thread cutting with a die, boring cuts, milling, and much more!"

4649   DVD: Basic uses for Dividing Instruments for the Mill

  • Running Time: Approximately 65 minutes
This DVD, by Jose Rodriguez, provides just over an hour of instruction on several dividing instruments and how they are used on the minimill. The DVD has a menu that makes it easy to return to parts of the video that you want to see again. The dividing instruments covered include a homemade 60 division indexing rotary table, a 5C collet spin jig, a 5C indexing spin jig, a shop made 60:1 geared dividing head and culminates with a commercial 72:1 rotary table. The DVD also includes a few cutting demonstrations such as milling a hexagonal end on an arbor using the simple horizontal indexing table.

4518   DVD: Basic Vise Work Holding Techniques for the Mini Mill

  • Running time: 33 minutes
This DVD demonstrates how to clamp work in the screwless vise the correct way. It also shows the use of parallels, V-blocks, and other accessories in order to securely and accurately hold work on the milling vise.

2365   DVD: Build a Milling Machine
This DVD, by Jose Rodriguez, provides complete instructions for building a milling machine. Jose says: "In this nearly 12 hour long video marathon, you will witness the seemingly impossible! Observe the author as he builds a fully operating and capable 80 pound variable speed milling machine with existing TAIG Micro lathe components and readily available stock aluminum material. A commercial heavy duty X & Y milling table is utilized to complete the project. This is definitively not a "TOY" but a complete milling center that will outperform just about anything in its class. For a total expenditure of less than $300. You too could have a tool that will perform better than milling machines costing more than twice as much. This video will take you through every step from its initial conception and planning to and beyond its very successful conclusion in painstaking detail so that you too will be able to easily duplicate this achievement! As an extra bonus, you will be treated to a fully narrative and visual step by step presentation on the building of a 60:1 geared dividing head that with the addition of a simple shop made indexing accessory will allow it to divide anything into as many as 21,600 equal divisions and for that matter, any other number divisible into that. You will also learn how to easily cut perfectly fitting dovetailed sliding joints with the simplest of equipment. These two items alone would be worth the price of this video set. See how to produce a professional quality engraved dial with nothing more than a small lathe ( TAIG ). You will see each component being worked, fitted and assembled as the unit is magically transformed more and more into a "REAL" milling machine. The final two hours or so will be devoted to a full battery of milling operations performed on real components that make up part of the geared dividing head including other milling goodies. During the filming of the final milling tests, cuts were routinely taken on 6061-T6 alloy to depths of over 90 thou with a common imported 1/4" diameter four flute end mill. We do not recommend that you routinely cut to those depths but it sure is nice to be able to so when needed. This a definite "MUST" for anyone who has grown tired of using alternative milling methods but either is not ready to invest the big bucks for a commercially available bench top milling machine or simply not satisfied with what’s presently available out there.

4522   DVD: Building a Crosshead Overcrank Steam Engine

  • Build a crosshead overcrank steam engine
  • Video instructions and complete plans on the DVD
  • By Ron Takayama
This DVD shows how to make a crosshead overcrank steam engine. The engine is made from cast iron, stainless steel and brass. Cast iron, although it creates a lot of dust, is a very wonderful metal to work with and is easy to machine. The building of this engine is not difficult. As with any machining operation, it just takes time. Hard silver solder is used for all soldering operations, cadmium free solder is highly recommended. The video covers: an Introduction, Cylinder, Piston Ring, Top End Cap, Steam Chest Platform, Drilling Steam Ports, Soldering Cylinder, Steam Chest Packing Gland, Valve, Upper Table, Crankshaft Supports, Crank, Eccentric, Compressor, Clevis, Column, Crosshead, Crosshead Guide, Flywheel, Packing, Assembly, Timing Running On Air, Running On Steam.

4077   DVD: Building a Horizontal Steam Engine

  • Build a horizontal steam engine
  • Video instructions and complete plans on the DVD
  • By Ron Takayama
The engine is approximately 13” long. The bore is 7/8”, throw is 1 ½” and the flywheel is 5 ½” in diameter. It is constructed from cast iron, brass, hot and cold rolled steel. The majority of the parts are made of cast iron and although a lot of dust is created it’s a wonderful material to work with. For those of you without a DRO, included is a scale paper diagram of the parts that requires bolt hole circles to use as templates. Chapters include: Intro, Crank, Rear end cap, Front end cap, Bolt holes, Chest platform, Soldering cylinder, Valve nut, Clevis, Cylinder complete, Conrod, Bearing support, Crank bearings, Crosshead, Crosshead Guides, Cylinder standoff, Eccentric, Eccentric strap, Flywheel, Timing, Running on air, Running on steam, Conclusion.

2193   DVD: Building a Spindle Gauge for the Mini Lathe
This video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a 2 hour study on how to build a spindle gauge to check the size of adapters and other accessories you make to fit the spindle of your lathe. Jose says: "Make all the spindle accessories you will need for your lathe with a simple, easy to make spindle gauge. This tape will take you through a full two hour, detailed demonstration on how to make a precision spindle gauge directly on your 7 x 10 that you can then use to machine matching spindle tooling not presently available for this lathe. All this without having to remove the chuck! You will need to remove it only once in the beginning to take two initial micrometer measurements for the diameter and thickness of the mounting back plate / flange. The author has adapted a four jaw chuck for it, has made a slotted face plate, a driving catch plate and dog clamp and is presently working on a collet chuck with frontal collet closer that will directly mount to the spindle. A must have for those wishing they could have more spindle tooling than just the three jaw chuck the lathe comes equipped with!"

3820   DVD: Building a Vertical Boiler

  • Build a propane fired vertical boiler
  • Boiler is 3.13" in diameter and 12.5" tall
  • By Ron Takayama
This video shows you how to make a propane fired vertical boiler. The boiler size is suitable to power engines that are sold on this site and also an engine such as the Stuart 10H. There are many helpful tips that will help the first time boiler maker construct a safe and sound boiler. You will also see the many jigs built to ease the building process. Some are not necessary, but with all the jigs, the construction of a second boiler will be much easier and faster. The video covers: Caution page, Introduction clip, Trimming and drilling the 3” tube, Trimming and drilling the fire tube, Milling the firebox, Cutting the ring from the coupler, Flanging the base, Completing the fire tube, Flanging the end caps, Making the door box, Making the hinges, Milling the door box, Making the burner holder, Making the burner, Boiler components, Boiler bushings, Hydro testing the boiler, Steaming the boiler, Conclusion, Resources.

4246   DVD: Building an Overcrank Steam Engine

  • Build an overcrank steam engine
  • Video instructions and complete plans on the DVD
  • By Ron Takayama
The engine is made mainly from cast iron, the only casting is the flywheel. The bore is 5/8", the throw is 1,5", the flywheel is 4.5" in diameter and, it stands approximately 12" tall. The majority of the parts are made of cast iron and although a lot of dust is created it’s a wonderful material to work with. For those of you without a DRO, included is a scale paper diagram of the parts that requires bolt hole circles to use as templates. Chapters include: Intro, Cylinder, Piston Ring, Top End Cap, Steam Chest Platform, Drilling Steam Holes, Soldering Cylinder, Pedestal, Packing Gland, Valve, Column, Fork, Upper Table, Crank Support, Crank, Piston Rod Guide, Eccentric, Eccentric Strap, Clevis, Compressor, Flywheel, Alignment, Timing, Running On Air, Running On Steam.

3484   DVD: Building the Oscillating Cylinder Steam/Air Engine

  • Mini Machines 202 series
Our Oscillating Steam Engine kit is suitable for almost any level of machinist to build. The simple design of the engine makes it function on basically three moving parts! On this video, SwarfRat builds the engine on-camera. The engine is rather homely in its stock state, but SwarfRat shows you how -- with just an hour or so of extra work -- to transform it from an 'ugly duckling' into a 'swan'! Best of all, the principle of the oscillating cylinder can be put into use for much more complicated projects. SwarfRat took the basic kit and a few inches of aluminum stock to make another simple cylinder and piston, ending up with a variable-angle twin cylinder engine. You could easily make multi-cylinder engines in boxxer, V-twin or radial format using this principle, and they'd be buildable with only basic machinist skills. This is truly a learning experience. The DVD includes (on disk, not printed) a complete set of drawings for the engine, a materials list, and instructions.

4421   DVD: Cutting Balls & Radiuses on the Lathe
In this video, by Jose Rodriguez, you will learn three methods cut outside radiuses on the lathe. These will create spherical shapes, ovals and many other shapes. Create that perfect detail on the end of a handle or any decorative detail to give your projects that little "extra" level of detail that will put them above the rest.

3111   DVD: Cutting Threads on the Mini Lathe

  • Two DVD set
  • Includes video and ThreadBuddy software
Mini-Machines 101: Cutting V-Form Threads on the Mini Lathe plus ThreadBuddy V2.0 software. This video covers cutting external and internal V-form threads from basic theory to practice. Everything is clearly explained with charts, graphics and on-camera demos that will have you confident of success. We'll show you how to size your threads for precise, strong engagement, and point out the pitfalls that trip up many newcomers. Also included is an end user license for our Threadbuddy software. Threadbuddy does the math to calculate V-form thread dimensions. Enter the size and pitch of your desired part, and Threadbuddy will handle the number-crunching instantly

2245   DVD: Edge Finding and Location
Mini-Machines 101: Edge Finding and Location by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video demonstrates the many uses of the common edge finder and wiggler, explaining not just the how, but also the why, with detailed camera work, animations and charts that will have even the novice quickly getting precision results. Topics covered are: Finding the edge with the wiggler and edge finder, locating points on X-Y coordinates, locating the center of a hole or bore, finding the center and edge of a shaft, laying out your work with metal dye or CAD printouts, using the wiggler's needle tool to square the workpiece and locate existing lines and coordinates. Also included is a short section on general shop safety. Running time: Approx. 43 minutes.

3962   DVD: Grinding Tool Bits and 1/4" Tool Bits

  • Lathe Tool Sharpening DVD
  • 10 Lathe tool bits, 1/4" Square 2-1/2" Long M2 HSS
This DVD video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides an hour and a half instruction on sharpening lathe cutting tools and other grinding tasks. Learn how to create perfect lathe cutting tools from high speed steel tool bit blanks with a bench-top grinder. Create perfect left or right hand lathe cutting tools for brass, aluminum and steel. Produce a 60 degree threading tool that is as good as any commercially available threading tool bit. Learn how to prepare a parting tool for optimum results. Watch Jose as he revives an old jobber-length drill bit to give it a new lease on life. Put a new edge on worn two flute end mills and get many more hours of work out of them. Regrind screw driver tips to keep them from slipping off screw heads. Grinding is an art that can take months or years to fully master but with the right grinder and a bit of patience, you will be able to produce perfect results right in your shop.

3964   DVD: Grinding Tool Bits and 3/8" Tool Bits

  • Lathe Tool Sharpening DVD
  • 10 Lathe tool bits, 3/8" Square 2-1/2" Long M2 HSS
This DVD video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides an hour and a half instruction on sharpening lathe cutting tools and other grinding tasks. Learn how to create perfect lathe cutting tools from high speed steel tool bit blanks with a bench-top grinder. Create perfect left or right hand lathe cutting tools for brass, aluminum and steel. Produce a 60 degree threading tool that is as good as any commercially available threading tool bit. Learn how to prepare a parting tool for optimum results. Watch Jose as he revives an old jobber-length drill bit to give it a new lease on life. Put a new edge on worn two flute end mills and get many more hours of work out of them. Regrind screw driver tips to keep them from slipping off screw heads. Grinding is an art that can take months or years to fully master but with the right grinder and a bit of patience, you will be able to produce perfect results right in your shop.

3963   DVD: Grinding Tool Bits and 5/16" Tool Bits

  • Lathe Tool Sharpening DVD
  • 10 Lathe tool bits, 5/16" Square 2-1/2" Long M2 HSS
This DVD video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides an hour and a half instruction on sharpening lathe cutting tools and other grinding tasks. Learn how to create perfect lathe cutting tools from high speed steel tool bit blanks with a bench-top grinder. Create perfect left or right hand lathe cutting tools for brass, aluminum and steel. Produce a 60 degree threading tool that is as good as any commercially available threading tool bit. Learn how to prepare a parting tool for optimum results. Watch Jose as he revives an old jobber-length drill bit to give it a new lease on life. Put a new edge on worn two flute end mills and get many more hours of work out of them. Regrind screw driver tips to keep them from slipping off screw heads. Grinding is an art that can take months or years to fully master but with the right grinder and a bit of patience, you will be able to produce perfect results right in your shop.

2396   DVD: Grinding Tool Bits and Other Things
This DVD video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides an hour and a half instruction on sharpening lathe cutting tools and other grinding tasks. Learn how to create perfect lathe cutting tools from high speed steel tool bit blanks with a bench-top grinder. Create perfect left or right hand lathe cutting tools for brass, aluminum and steel. Produce a 60 degree threading tool that is as good as any commercially available threading tool bit. Learn how to prepare a parting tool for optimum results. Watch Jose as he revives an old jobber-length drill bit to give it a new lease on life. Put a new edge on worn two flute end mills and get many more hours of work out of them. Regrind screw driver tips to keep them from slipping off screw heads. Grinding is an art that can take months or years to fully master but with the right grinder and a bit of patience, you will be able to produce perfect results right in your shop.

4439   DVD: HiTorque 7x12 Mini Lathe Basic Operations
Over two hours devoted to the HiTorque 7x12 Mini Lathe. Jose Rodriguez takes you through setup, required accessories, and a whole set of basic demonstrations where he builds a mock saw blade arbor. A miriad of detailed demostrations are shown during the building of this sample project. You will learn all you need to get started in the world of machine lathe work.

4514   DVD: Introduction to the HiTorque Mini Mill
This video takes you through a tour of the newest incarnation of the well established variable speed mini mills, the LittleMachineShop.com HiTorque Mini Mill. Some of the unique features include a more powerful 500 watt motor, a much more reliable electronic controller system, direct rpm read out port, a solid column for increased rigidity, and a belt drive that replaces the old gear drive. Among the many other features, the gas cylinder head counter balancer in earlier mini mills has been updated to a spring torsion bar. This DVD takes you through a tour of all aspects of this mill culminating with a few flying chips! Running time: 1 hour

4743   DVD: Introduction to the Model 4100 HiTorque Mini Lathe
This video takes you through a tour of the newest incarnation of the well established variable speed mini lathe, the LittleMachineShop.com Model 4100 HiTorque Mini Mill. Some of the unique features include a more powerful 500 watt brushless motor, a much more reliable electronic controller system, direct rpm read out port, and a belt drive that replaces the old gear drive. This DVD takes you through a tour of all aspects of this lathe culminating with a few flying chips! Running time: 1 hour

4635   DVD: Introduction to the Nano Lathe-Drillpress-Mill
This video takes you through a tour of the newest Littlemachineshop machines, the Nano Lathe, Nano Drill Press, and the Nano Mill. The Nano machines are great units and work well in tight spaces. Also, the machines can all be converted into one another so with the purchase of any one machine, a person could have all three machines usability with the purchase of a couple conversion kits. This DVD walks through the use of all forms of the Nano machines. Running time: 53 minutes

2684   DVD: Lathe Fundamentals & Basic Turning
Mini-Machines 101: Lathe Fundamentals & Basic Turning by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video is designed to get you familiar with the lathe and its terminology, and take you all the way through to making your first cuts. The topics covered include introduction and shop safety, nomenclature and terminology, setting up and using your 3-jaw chuck, cutting tool types, shapes and uses, successfully dealing with backlash, setting cutting tool height, calculating depth of cut, face cuts, basic turning, compound angled cuts, using the lead screw, calculating TPI on double reduction, feeding normal cuts, and finish cuts. Also included is a short section on general shop safety. Running time: Approx. 65 minutes.

4519   DVD: Locating Edges and Coordinates with the Edge Finder and Wiggler

  • Running time: 30 minutes
One of the most important skills the mill operator can learn is coordinate location. For example, you might need to drill a hole exactly 0.875" inch in from the left edge and 2.375" inch in from the front edge of a piece of a rectangular piece of plate stock. When a job calls for near perfect location of holes, slots, key ways, or other cut, locating the milling machine's spindle to be exactly over the edges that are to be indexed from is critical. Once the spindle is at a ZERO position, or the edge, the table's X and Y travel can be used to position the work so the spindle axis ends up directly above the point where the two coordinates intersect. In this video you'll learn how to use both the edge finder and wiggler for this purpose.

2055   DVD: Make a Miniature Boring Head
This DVD, by Jose Rodriguez, provides complete instructions for making a miniature boring head. The DVD has a menu that makes it easy to return to parts of the video that you want to see again. Jose says: "Watch the author as he builds a fully operational and capable boring head. In this almost two hour video you will learn in full detail how to make a boring head with micrometer adjustment feature with very little material and equipment. In fact, although the author uses his home made milling machine to build it, it could be easily built using the TAIG lathe plus milling attachment. You will see the dovetailed components being built from layout to finish. The unit takes 1/4" shank shop made boring bars which you will see as well, although commercial 3/8" bring bars could be substituted instead. The idea here was to make a miniature version of a commercially available boring head complete will all the normal features found on them, but only about 1/2 the overall size. Small machines such as the Taig Micro mill and Sherline milling machines will vibrate when a full size boring head is installed with the head offset even a small amount. This unit is small, compact, but extremely strong and stiff. This will be evident at the end of the video during the actual test, boring out of an existing bore on a work piece. The head itself is adjustable in thousands of an inch with its graduated screw and its male dovetail is kept snug or fully locked during cutting by three gib screws. This unit has a real brass gib rather than the usual practice of slitting the female dovetail to create a pseudo gib. All in all, for the cost of a pack of cigarettes you make a great addition to your tool shelf that will perform for you for a lifetime."

2057   DVD: Making Gears the Easy Way
This DVD, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a four hour introduction to making gears. The DVD has a menu that makes it easy to return to parts of the video that you want to see again. Jose says: "Have you forgone the pleasure of building a small geared engine simply because the thought of having to cut your own gears brings a shiver down your metalworking spine? Even if can muster up the nerve, you realize that so called involute gear cutters cost an arm and a leg. Then you need a set of eight cutters to enable you to cut the entire range of teeth for 12 to Rack. The cost in cutters alone can reach well over $200 before you even begin thinking about arbors to hold them. It's no wonder many of us will simply go to the nearest gear vendor and put down $50 -$60 for a pair of brass spur gears. In this video you will learn the secrets of the HOB. You will not only learn how to use a hob, but you will also learn how to build one from scratch right on your small to medium size lathe and small milling machine. For a total cost of about $3 in materials you can make a hob that will not only enable you to EASILY make any number tooth spur gear as well as even a worm and worm gear. You will be amazed at how simple gear making can be! You can make any diametral pitch hob by simply following the easy Diametral Pitch chart that is included as part of the video. The video shows a 1/10 pitch spiral and straight hob being made and then used to make gears of various diameters. You will not need to compute anything. All basic diameters for gear blanks for gears of any numbers of teeth will also be included in the package. If you rather use a calculator to figure out diameters, easy formulas for that are also included. Once you have used a HOB to cut a gear you will wonder why you would use anything else!"

2637   DVD: Mill & Lathe Spindle and Gearbox Repair
Mini-Machines 101: Mill & Lathe Spindle and Gearbox Repair by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. We don't like to think about it, but machines break, and always at the worst possible time. This video shows you how to do spindle and gearbox repairs on both the mini mill and the mini lathe. You will see how to do a total drive train teardown, rebuild and reassembly of both machines. You'll learn how to tear down and reassemble the entire unit in just a few hours, using a simple set of spacers and plates to enable you to press your spindle and bearings in and out of the machine. There is also a CD-ROM included with mechanical drawings in multiple formats of these simple repair tools designed by Chris Wood of LittleMachineShop.com. You can make these tools yourself; just make sure you do it before your machine breaks! Running time is approximately 75 minutes.

2267   DVD: Milling on the Drill Press
This video, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a four hour introduction to milling on a drill press. Jose says: "Are you tired of avoiding machine projects simply because you do not own or have access to a milling machine? Learn some of the secrets to successful milling techniques utilizing your existing lathe as well as a drill press. I know what you must be thinking. This guy must be crazy! Milling on a drill press? I, as well as none other than Rudy Kouhoupt, have been doing just that very thing for years now with entirely good results in finish as well as dimensional accuracy. You will also see the Taig Micro Lathe being put trough its paces milling a workpiece held on the cross slide as well as with the vertical milling accessory. See the Taig with the externally mounted modified micro drill press to convert it into a miniature 3 in 1 machining center. See the 7 x 10 mini lathe in conjunction with the Taig Vertical Milling accessory performing milling cuts with hardly an effort. We finish the presentation with the 8" modified drill press performing milling on a rough block of stock held on a great little shop made milling vice. This the only drill press with a micrometer operated locking spindle. See it being used and you too will marvel at its simplicity. After viewing this tape, you too should be well on your way to the pleasures of milling without having to own a milling machine."

2884   DVD: Milling, Flycutting & Dovetailing
Mini-Machines 101: Mini Mill Basics, Milling, Flycutting & Dovetailing by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video will help you make clean and precise cuts on your workpiece. Some of the topics on this video include: Conventional vs. climb milling and the uses of each; End mills, special cutters and nomenclature; Different methods for setting the Z-axis starting point for accurate machining; Squaring the workpiece and strategies for holding un-square stock; Finishing, deburring and breaking corners; Using single-point flycutters to create flawless finishes, Deburring and setting up workpieces for close-tolerance breaking of corners and chamfering; Milling deep features; Setting up and cutting dovetails; Finding the center of a hole or bore using a test indicator and using a co-axial indicator. Also included is a short section on general shop safety. Running time: Approx. 68 minutes.

4440   DVD: Mini Lathe Advanced Operations, Vol. 1

  • Featuring the LittleMachineShop.com HiTorque 7x12 Mini Lathe
  • Skills shown are applicable to any lathe
  • Learn turning, threading, knurling plus other skills.
In this first of two DVDs, you learn how to knurl, cut external threads using a die along with a special tailstock die adapter. Following that, you prepare a very rough piece of aluminum and proceed to machine it to a very precise diameter by turning between centers, resulting in a finished 6 inch mirror-like rod featuring no more than one thousandth’s of an inch of taper along its full length. Learn how to do single point internal threading and how to center work in a Four Jaw Chuck using a Dial Indicator to achieve less than 1/2 of a thousandth runout. The second DVD in this set will be available Real Soon Now.

3141   DVD: Mini Machines 101 Complete Mill Series

  • Six DVD set includes the entire Mini Machines 101 Mill Series
The complete set of Mini Machines 101 Mill Series is available in this single, discounted price package. This set includes: Volume I: Mini Mill Basics, Clamping & Fixtures Volume II: Edge Finding and Location Volume III: Precision Drilling, Reaming & Tapping Volume IV: The Boring Head; Bores, Arcs, Saddles & More Volume V Teardown, Tuning & Tramming Volume VI: Milling, Flycutting & Dovetailing

2324   DVD: Mini Mill Basics, Clamping & Fixtures
Mini-Machines 101: Mini Mill Basics, Clamping & Fixtures by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video discusses and illustrates the basics of the mini mill, starting with the terminology that one needs to communicate successfully with other machinists, all the way through to specialized fixtures and bedplates designed to make multi-part production faster and more accurate. With liberal use of animations, illustrations and actual on-screen setups, the information is clearly presented and easily understood. The DVD chapter format makes it easy to go back and review sections over again. Topics covered are: Terminology and nomenclature, tools and equipment, basic principles of clamping, squaring (aligning) the stock, squaring round stock, setting up and tramming the screwless vise, bedplates and specialized fixtures. Also included is a short section on general shop safety. Running time: Approx. 50 minutes.

2410   DVD: Precision Drilling, Reaming & Tapping
Mini-Machines 101: Precision Drilling, Reaming & Tapping by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video shows you how to drill and ream for precision press and slip fits, as well as how to tap accurate threads, and plunge mill flat-bottomed recesses for fastener counter bores. It also introduces the spindle and tapers, collets and tool holders, as well as all sorts of regular and specialized drill bits, reamers and taps. Learn to use the telescoping gauge and outside micrometer for precise bore measurements, and how to use a dial indicator in conjunction with a wiggler for close tolerance work. Topics covered are: Using a wiggler and dial indicator for backlash removal, using telescoping gauges and a micrometer to measure holes, drilling, reaming and tapping tools, drilling and reaming, tapping threads manually, plunge milling counter bores. Also included is a short section on general shop safety. Running time is approximately 55 minutes.

4636   DVD: Setting up a CNC Mill

  • By Ron Ginger
  • Covers installation and setup for the LittleMachineShop.com 3501 CNC Mill
  • Covers troubleshooting and options
  • Approximately 68 minutes
Everything you need to know about setting up your LittleMachineShop.com 3501 CNC milling machine. This DVD walks you through selecting a PC, installing Mach3 and configuring it properly, and on up to cutting a part with your new 3501 CNC milling machine.

3441   DVD: Sherline Lathe Basics

  • How to set up and operate the Sherline lathe
Sherline Lathe Basics gives a great introduction to using the Sherline lathe. Topics covered include turning, facing, boring, workholding, eccentrics, tapers, threading, tool bit grinding, backlash, setting tool height, cleaning a chuck, hand wheel dial adjustment, using the follower rest, mounting the lathe aligning the headstock and milling. Approximate running time: 213 minutes.

3440   DVD: Shop Secrets, Volume 1: Measuring Tools

  • Teaches you to operate and maintain precision measuring equipment
  • Easy-to-understand words, diagrams, and three-dimensional graphics explain operation of the tools
  • Covers equipment that even experienced machinists may not know how to operate
Shop Secrets, Volume 1 Is a two-hour video on the use and care of machinist measuring tools and related machine shop operations. Produced for the beginning machinist, this video is in use at technical high schools in the US and in industry both in the US and the Far East. Topics include adjustable parallels, backlash, calipers, combination squares, optical comparator, dial indicators, edge finders, left-handed lead screw operation, micrometers, precision squares, radius gages, shop safety, small hole gages, thread gages, telescoping gages, thread pitch gages, vernier scales, vision assists, wigglers, steel rules. Running time: 1:52 hours.

2537   DVD: Teardown, Tuning & Tramming
Mini-Machines 101: Teardown, Tuning & Tramming by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video guides you step-by-step through a complete disassembly and reassembly of ALL three axes of the mini mill. It shows you how to adjust the gibs to remove play and yet allow free movement of the mill bed and spindle head. Learn how to adjust the hand wheel assemblies to remove unnecessary backlash, and to align the X- & Y-axis screws with their respective nuts so as to avoid binding during table travel. See the easy way to tram your mill spindle to closer than 0.001" in all three axes. This volume is jam-packed with easy-to-follow practical information that is absolutely necessary if you intend to make precision parts! Running time is approximately 55 minutes.

2447   DVD: The Boring Head: Bores, Arcs, Saddles & More
Mini-Machines 101: The Boring Head: Bores, Arcs, Saddles & More by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video shows you how to use the boring head, not only to accurately enlarge holes and cut bores for your projects, but also how to use the tool in non--centered operations, such as truing up elliptical holes and cutting arcs into flat stock, as well as cutting saddles into round stock. This tool has a much wider range of uses than you might imagine! Topics covered are: Introduction and safety, Centered operations theory and practice, Non-centered setup, cutting a saddle in round stock and alternate uses. Running time: Approximately. 45 minutes.

2056   DVD: The Milling Machine and its Uses
This DVD, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a 4 hour introduction to the use of the milling machine. The DVD has a menu that makes it easy to return to parts of the video that you want to see again. Jose says: "This brand new video tapes was just produced in 99 as a result of the most ambitious project undertaken by the author. It features his shop made modelmaker's variable speed milling machine. The video is basically a complete basic milling operations course but rather than boring the viewer with dozens of unrelated procedures, you get to see the author produce a dovetailed tool block for his quick change tool system he designed for his 7 x 10 mini lathe. This is a four hour presentation that will leave you asking for more, even after four fun packed hours."

3406   DVD: The Rotary Table

  • Two DVD set
  • Includes video and SpinBuddy software
Mini Machines 202: The Rotary Table: Curves Ahead plus SpinBuddy software This video will show you how to use a rotary table to cut circles, curves, arcs, as well as to perform precision repetitive operations such as bolt circles, gear and sprocket teeth, scale engraving and more. It will show you how to set up, calculate and use your mini rotary table. Topics include: Introduction and Safety, Setting Up the Rotary Table, Varying Degrees of Degrees, Dialing Degrees, Minutes and Seconds, Dividing Plate Setup, Dividing Plate Calculations, Bed Plate Basics, Using the Rotary Table Horizontally, The Quick Indexer Fixture, Laying out and Visualizing Offsets, and Installing and Using the SpinBuddy Software.

3567   DVD: The Vise Squad - Precision Workholding and Measuring Techniques

  • Mini Machines 202 series
Have you wanted to learn how to use a sine bar? How to set up and hold a precise angle when milling a part? How to deal with the trigonometry involved with finding the correct spaceblock height for a sinebar or vise? This volume will demonstrate and explain the use of precision, Kurt style and Sine vises, as well as sine bars and sine plates. Some of the topics covered are: Intro & Shop Safety, General vise mounting and basics, Screwless precision and sine vises, Angle plates, Law of Sines Space blocks, Sine bars, plates, vises, compound angles, Kurt Anglelock Vise, and angular tramming. With the purchase of this DVD, you've also purchased a single-user license to use the SineBuddy sine bar & space block calculator included on the DVD. This calculator takes care of the trigonometry involved in calculating angles and spaceblocks.

2054   DVD: Threading on the Lathe
This DVD, by Jose Rodriguez, provides a 2 hour introduction to threading on the mini lathe. The DVD has a menu that makes it easy to return to parts of the video that you want to see again. Jose says: "Finally the mystery of thread cutting has been made simple enough for the first time user! In this two hour video tape you will see and learn the easy way to cut with taps, dies as well as perform external and internal single point threading operations. Learn the secrets of that "DREADED" threading dial as well as how to avoid using the dial altogether if you chose to. The perfect companion to have along when you are ready to produce extremely true running threads for all your projects!"

2927   DVD: Toolmaking & Restoration
Mini Machines 101 General Machinist Series Toolmaking & Restoration by SwarfRat Enterprises, LLC. This video delves into the art of restoring damaged parts, as well as how to design and fabricate special tools for our projects, whatever they may be. Have you ever had a part with the threads so damaged that you can't put a die over them to clean them up? This video demonstrates with a 40-year-old oil pump shaft from a vintage Italian Aermacchi engine, where the shaft was so mushroomed on the end as to be worthless. Learn the technique to synchronize the lathe to the existing threads, enabling you to re-cut the damaged threads and save the part. It shows you how to measure and lay out a complex bolt pattern from the same engine manually, and tricks for doing it with a CAD program. Then the video shows how to use the layout to make a universal press and separator tool, as well as flywheel and armature pullers; tools that are no longer available, yet necessary to disassemble the motor. Along the way, it discusses material and design considerations for tooling in general. For those of you who haven't yet cut threads with your mini lathe, this is a great introduction to the process.

3123   DVD: Work Holding on the Mini Lathe

  • Includes video and ShopBuddy software
Mini-Machines 101:Beyond the 3-Jaw Chuck: 4-Jaws, Faceplates, Fixtures & More on the Mini Lathe plus ShopBuddy software. This video is designed to familiarize you with alternate methods of work holding that will allow you to use your mini lathe to its full potential. Some of the topics covered are shop safety, setting up and using a 4-jaw chuck, centering round stock, centering non-round stock, tailstock & laser methods of centering, using the lathe wiggler, faceplate operations, turning between centers, and using fixtures for large work pieces. Also included is an end user license for our Shopbuddy software. Shopbuddy does the math to calculate V-form thread dimensions. Enter the size and pitch of your desired part, and Shopbuddy will handle the number-crunching instantly Running time: Approx. 55 minutes.

5031   Essentials for the Hungry Machinists

  • Includes 3968 Shop Apron
  • Includes 5026 Machinist's Cookbook
  • The Machinist's Cookbook: 220 Recipes for Men with Big Appetites and Big Tools
  • 278 pages, spiral bound, 7"x10" By P.J. Tallman
  • 5 pocket apron design
The Machinist’s Cookbook combines good food and good fun. This quirky book has over 220 easy-to-follow recipes, each served with a large dose of machine shop humor. These machinist-tested delights will fill up even the deepest hunger-struck stomachs. With The Machinist’s Cookbook you can "Cook Once, Eat Twice." The 1-to-4-Wrench Recipe-Rating System helps you choose your skill level. 1 Wrench: Simple enough for a first-day apprentice. 2 Wrenches: Easy if you’re not hung over. 3 Wrenches: Not really hard, but mildly annoying, like a boss who whistles. 4 Wrenches: Pain in the ass, but worth it. Ask a woman to do it for you. Machinists need an easy-to-understand cookbook with man-pleasing recipes they can really sink their teeth into. Recipes like 3-Jaw Chuck Roast, Beef Compound Slides, Blanchard-Ground Beef Casserole, Hex-Mex Tortilla Pizza, Meatball Bearing Subs, Chip-Breaker Chili Cheese Dip, and Caramel Cosmoline Cake. The author offers this disclaimer: "Every effort was expended to make these recipes accurate and delicious. They were tested by machinists and by the wives of machinists, some of whom resent being called the wives of machinists and prefer to be called Mrs. Shop Widow. If you find any of these recipes to be really sucky, please don't tell me; my feelings are easily hurt. No, actually, do let me know so, in the finest tradition of machinists, I can fix it. My readers are important to me, so I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient. I will get to you as soon as possible."

3402   Home Machinist's Handbook

  • The Home Machinist's Handbook
  • By Doug Briney
  • 275 pages, softcover, 7¾" x 9¼"
  • ISBN 0-8306-1573-3
  • Copyright 1983
Here's everything the do-it-yourselfer needs to set up, and operate a machine shop. Areas covered range from shop requirements and proper lighting to buying, using, and storing tools. A lot has been written about machine tools and how they are used to make parts. Most books and literature on the subject are written in very technical terms for the professional machinist, someone interested in obtaining high-volume production rates at the lowest cost. These books assume that the machinist has unlimited funds and can equip a shop with the very latest and best equipment. This book is different. It is written for the nonprofessional—someone who wants to work on a few projects at home. This book is written for the hobbyist who wants to make a few parts for a radio-controlled airplane or boat, the model railroader building a new locomotive, or the amateur horologist repairing a clock. It is intended for the inventor who needs a few parts to try out the latest idea, or the engineer who wants to build a prototype for a new product. This book is intended for you—to give you an understanding of the equipment, methods, and materials used in basic machine shop work.

3129   Machine Shop Basics

  • Audel Machine Shop Basics, All New 5th Edition
  • By Rex Miller and Mark Richard Miller
  • 322 pages, softcover, 5¼" x 8¼"
  • ISBN 978-0-7645-5526-8
  • Copyright 2004
Here, fully updated to include new machines and electronic/digital controls, is the ultimate guide to basic machine shop equipment and how to use it. Whether you’re a professional machinist, an apprentice, a trade student, or a handy homeowner, this fully illustrated volume helps you define tools and use them properly and safely. It’s packed with review questions for students, and loaded with answers you need on the job. Mark Richard Miller is a Professor and Chairman of the Industrial Technology Department at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas. Understand basic machine shop practice and safety measures Recognize the variations in similar tools and the purposes they serve Learn recommended methods of mounting work in different machines Obtain a complete working knowledge of numerically controlled machines and the operations they perform Review procedures for safe and efficient use of cutting tools and cutters Expand your knowledge with clear, step-by-step illustrations of proper equipment set-up and operation

2465   Machine Shop Essentials: Questions & Answers

  • Machine Shop Essentials: Questions & Answers, Second Edition
  • By Frank Marlow, PE
  • 528 pages, paperback, 7" x 10"
  • ISBN 978-0-9759963-3-1
  • Copyright 2008
A comprehensive and detailed presentation of manual machine tools and methods, machine shop know-how and practical shop tips. Machine Shop Essentials is for 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 machine tools. More than half the book is devoted to small and medium-size lathes and milling machines, such as Levin 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 a straightforward, easy-to-read question-and-answer format. The second edition includes 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.

3867   Machine Shop Know-How

  • Machine Shop Know-How: The Tips & Techniques of Master Machinists
  • By Frank Marlow, PE, with P.J. Tallman
  • 528 pages, paperback, 7" x 10"
  • ISBN 978-0-9759963-4-8
  • Copyright 2010
If you’ve ever wished you could take all of the knowledge of a master machinist and pour it directly into your brain, here is your chance. Machine Shop Know-How proves that there are no secrets in the machine shop, just information that is rarely documented—until now. This book focuses on manually controlled machine tools, but moves beyond the basics to present the problem-solving insights, shop shortcuts, and clever tips and tricks that normally take years of first-hand shop experience to learn. This book is for industrial model and scientific instrument makers, R&D lab technicians, home shop machinists, prototype designers, custom motorcycle and car builders, gunsmiths, teachers, students, and anyone who has a fundamental knowledge of machine shop practice and wants to advance to the next level. The book begins where "Machine Shop Essentials: Questions & Answers" leaves off. There is only enough overlap between the two books to provide continuity and context. Using an easy to understand chapter format, Machine Shop Know-How presents hundreds of imaginative shop solutions devised by top industry professionals, including how to really organize your shop; how to truly master your lathe, milling machine, bandsaws and grinders; how to fabricate ingenious shop-made tools and modify existing ones; how to make clever and useful jigs and fixtures; and how to use the valuable skill-building lessons learned in this book to solve your own shop problems. There are over 100 pages of tips and techniques.

2238   Machine Shop Methods

  • Machine Shop Methods
  • By Lorus J. Milne
  • 376 pages, paperback, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 1-55918-223-7
  • Original copyright 1950
Chapter 17 includes complete dimensioned plans for tools and fixtures. You can build a cleaner for chuck threads, faceplate clamp, faceplate angle bracket, draw-in collet attachment, spindle-nose cap, collet closer, collet, micrometer carriage stop, external-internal threading tool, heavy-duty boring bar, heavy-duty boring-tool holder centering indicator, dividing fixture, lathe boring table, cross-feed chuck and collet holder, spherical turning attachment, cutaway tailstock center, drill-countersink holder, tailstock die holder, tailstock stover attachment, taper-shank drill driver, perforating die set, simple forming die set, drill-angle tester, fly cutter for the drill press, and auxiliary table for the drill press.

1738   Machine Shop Practice, Vol. 1

  • Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Volume 1
  • By Karl H. Moltrecht
  • 496 pages, hardcover, 6¼" x 9¼"
  • ISBN 9780831111267
  • Copyright 1981
Everything you need to know about the intelligent and efficient operation of machine tools is in this two-volume set. Includes over 760 illustrations and 70 tables in two volumes. Offers sections on numerical control; grinding wheels; single point cutting tools and tool wear; basic drilling machine setups; and formulas for estimating the power required for machining. Provides detailed discussions on methods of setting up the work piece on milling machines, horizontal boring machines, planers and shapers.

1739   Machine Shop Practice, Vol. 2
Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Volume 2 By Karl H. Moltrecht 517 pages Everything you need to know about the intelligent and efficient operation of machine tools is in this two-volume set. Includes over 760 illustrations and 70 tables in two volumes. Offers sections on numerical control; grinding wheels; single point cutting tools and tool wear; basic drilling machine setups; and formulas for estimating the power required for machining. Provides detailed discussions on methods of setting up the work piece on milling machines, horizontal boring machines, planers and shapers. Volume 1 Contents: Basic Metal Cutting Operations. Basic Measuring Instruments. Layout Work. Drilling Machines, Twist Drills and Auxiliary Tooling. Drilling Machine Operations. Engine Lathe Construction. Single Point Cutting Tools and Their Performance. Cylindrical Turning. Chucking Work. Taper and Angle Turning. Faceplate Work. Screw Threads and Screw Thread Measurements. Cutting Screws on a Lathe. Turret Lathes, Production Lathes and Vertical Lathes. Precision Hole Location - the Jig Borer. Metal Cutting Saws. Volume 2 Contents: Shaper Construction. Shaper Work. Planers and Planer Work. Milling Machine Construction. Milling Cutters. Milling Machine Operations. Indexing. Dividing Head Work. Helical and Cam Milling. The Horizontal Boring Machine. Grinding Wheels. Cylindrical Grinding. Surface Grinding. Cutter and Tool Grinding. Numerical Controlled Machine Tools. Surface Plate Work.

3130   Machine Shop Tools and Operations

  • Audel Machine Shop Tools and Operations, All New 5th Edition
  • By Rex Miller and Mark Richard Miller
  • 446 pages, softcover, 5¼" x 8¼"
  • ISBN 978-0-7645-5527-5
  • Copyright 2004
If you’re a machinist or a student of the trade, this second volume in Audel’s machine shop library offers concise, to-the-point coverage of everything you need to know. You’ll find definitions of all the shop tools; guidelines for set-up, safe operation, maintenance, and repair; illustrations and diagrams; review questions for students, and much more. Expect it to become one of your most-used tools. Master all types of saws, drills, lathes, milling machinery, metal-finishing machines, and more Learn safe operating procedures for cutting tools and the best ways to mount work in the machines Find current details on new machines with electronic/digital controls Understand how ultrasonics are used in metalworking Explore information on machine shop robotics and electronics Discover valuable tips for hobbyists, woodworkers, and home-shop owners

2366   Machine Shop Trade Secrets, Second Edition

  • Machine Shop Trade Secrets: A Guide to Manufacturing Machine Shop Practices
  • By James A. Harvey
  • 320 pages, paperback, 8½" x 11"
  • ISBN 978-0-8311-3477-8
  • Copyright 2013
There are many reference books on the market today, starting with the Machinery's Handbook, that provide much of the technical and reference information a machinist or engineer may ever need. It is difficult, however, to find a book that provides practical "how to" information that can immediately be put to use to improve ones machining skills, craftsmanship and productivity. The purpose of this book is to fill that void and provide concrete suggestions that can help you think and produce like an experienced machinist. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve hit the mother lode. This book is primarily directed toward the conventional tool room machinist working in a small shop environment. Many CNC machining suggestions are also included. By virtue of pricing and delivery competition, most small shops have to be very good at what they do. You will find that the equipment and techniques referred to in these pages are commonly seen and used in small machine shops.

1737   Machine Shop Training Course, Vol. 2
Machine Shop Training Course, Fifth Edition, Volume 2 By Franklin D. Jones 566 pages Packed with facts and rules that students can put to use in the shop and toolroom, the two volumes of the Machine Shop Training Course include everything from underlying principles, to standards, to calculations for every specific task in shop training. Together, they provide an outstanding treatise on machine shop practice. Valuable combination text and reference guides. Covers fundamental principles; methods of adjusting and using different types of machine tools - with typical examples of work-measuring instruments and gauges; cutting screw threads by different processes; thread grinding; gear cutting; precision toolmaking methods; typical shop problems with solutions; and miscellaneous facts relating to the art of machine construction and much, much more. Volume 1 Contents: Principles of Metal Cutting. Lathe Operations: turning; turning cylindrical parts; taper turning; chucks and faceplates; drilling and boring. Single Point Form Tools and Tool Grinding. Speeds and Feeds Principles. Cooling and Lubrication. Screw Threads: cutting screw threads; measuring pitch diameters. Turret Lathes. Vertical Boring and Turning machines. Drilling and Reaming Holes. Spacing and Locating Holes. Cylinder Boring. Jig Boring. Measuring Instruments. Gage Blocks. Generating Surfaces and Angles. Blueprint Reading. Shop Safety. Volume 2 Contents: Tapping. Dies. Milling and Grinding Screw Threads. Rolling Processes. Plaining Processes. Milling Flat, Curved and Irregular surfaces. Indexing. Cutting Spur and Bevel Gears. Grinding Cylindrical and Tapered Parts. Grinding Milling Cutters and Reamers. Lapping. Broaching Internal and External Surfaces. Chipping, Filing and Scraping. Tool Steels for Metal Cutting. Heat Treatment of Steels. Numerical Controls.

5180   Machining for Hobbyists: Getting Started

  • Machining for Hobbyists: Getting Started
  • By Karl H. Moltrecht
  • 222 pages, softcover
  • ISBN 978-0-8311-3510-2
  • Copyright 2015
Machining for Hobbyists is for the do-it-yourselfer or hobbyist who wants to learn the basics of machining and how to set up a small home workshop. It provides a user-friendly explanation of the essential tools, materials, and techniques that hobbyists need for a variety of metalworking projects. Tips from the pros writing for Home Shop Machinist magazine are included, as well as a foreword by the magazine’s editor. Through easy-to-follow explanations, as well as detailed illustrations and color photography, Machining for Hobbyists: * Guides hobbyists in selecting the proper tools for working with metal, including tips for buying and using bench-top lathes, mills and drill presses. The book also covers the various cutting components used on these tools. * Provides suggestions for shop layout, including space requirements, lighting, ventilation, and safety. * Guides the reader through the use of specialty tools used for measuring and handling small metal parts.

4736   Metal Lathe for Home Machinists

  • A project-based course that provides a complete introduction to the lathe and lathe metalworking
  • By Harold Hall
  • 167 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-693-6
  • Copyright 2012
This book covers getting started, mini-surface gage, a between-centers test bar, tailstock die holders, precision tapers, and much, much more. Using a project-based system, this book provides a thorough introduction to metalworking with the lathe.

4983   Metalworking - Doing It Better

  • Metalworking - Doing It Better: Machining, Welding, Fabricating
  • By Tom Lipton
  • 344 pages, paperback, 8½" x 11"
  • ISBN 978-0-8311-3476-1
  • Copyright 2014
This is a wonderful book for both novice and experienced metalworkers. It is aimed towards those doing work in small shops and enthusiasts taking on small projects in their garage, yard, or basement. This book covers hundreds of tried-and-true techniques with color photos throughout. The wide range of topics include specific trade skills, manual and CNC lathe and mill operations, welding flame straightening, sheet metal, sanding, grinding and abrading.

3565   Metalworking Sink or Swim

  • Metalworking Sink or Swim: Tips and Tricks for Machinists, Welders, and Fabricators
  • By Tom Lipton
  • 305 pages, paperback, 8½" x 11"
  • ISBN 9780831133627
  • Publication date 2009
This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences from a veteran of the trade is presented in a way that captures the attention of users and engages them in the process of furthering the art. It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique skills and observations from almost 40 years in the metalworking trades. What's more, it offers enough material from several metalworking trades to start a great research and development shop. It is sure to be a valuable and time-saving resource for anyone involved in the fabrication of metal. Includes nearly 1,000 full-color photos, as well as numerous illustrative stories that help users easily understand the material presented and the techniques provided.

4738   Milling for Home Machinists

  • Learn the basic techniques needed to tackle a wide range of machining operations.
  • By Harold Hall
  • 135 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-694-3
  • Copyright 2012
This book covers getting started, angle plates, clamps, parallels, the boring head, a dividing head, much more. Using a project-based system, this book provides a thorough introduction to metalworking with the mill.

4734   Mini-Lathe for Home Machinists

  • A complete course on using and improving the new generation of mini lathes
  • By David Fenner
  • 127 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-695-0
  • Copyright 2012
This book covers safety, preparation, tooling geometry, basic tooling, change gears, the milling attachment and much, much more. It is a great book if you are just getting started or need a bit of a refresher course.

3653   Model Engine Builder Digital Magazine Subscription

  • Subscription for 4 digital issues
  • Download to your computer or tablet
  • Save and print as desired
  • 2 formats: horizontal for easy reading and vertical for printing
  • Same price worldwide
Model Engine Builder magazine is dedicated to Internal Combustion, Steam, and Stirling Model Engine Builders and Enthusiasts. Whether you are an expert, have already built a few engines, are starting out in the hobby, or just enjoy reading about these marvelous little engines, you’ll find Model Engine Builder magazine interesting, informative, and just plain fun! Model Engine Build Articles with CAD drawings and 3D models How-to Articles for machining and assembling Engine Parts and Fixtures How-to Articles on improving Engine Construction and Performance Tech Topics and Shop Tips & Techniques Q & A columns for solving model building challenges Centerfold Feature Articles on noteworthy Models and the Modelers who build them Beginner’s Corner Articles Model Engineering Exhibitions, Clubs and other Model Engineering News

1599   South Bend Lathe Booklets

  • South Bend Lathe Booklets: Eight Complete "How To" Booklets from the 1930's
  • 96 pages, softcover, 6" x 9"
  • ISBN 1-55918-158-3
South Bend Lathe Booklets comprises eight complete "how to" booklets from the 1930s. Most of the booklets cover automotive topics, including grinding valves, truing brake drums and finishing pistons. The booklets on cutting screw threads and grinding cutting tools are probably worth the price of the book.

1595   The Care and Operation of a Lathe

  • The Care and Operation of a Lathe
  • By Sheldon Machine Co., Inc.
  • 106 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 1-55918-102-2
  • Original copyright 1942
This was the "users guide" for lathes made by the Sheldon Machine Co. Published in 1942.

4739   The Metalworker's Workshop For Home Machinists

  • Provides a solid base for everything metal working
  • By Harold Hall
  • 127 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-697-4
  • Copyright 2013
This book covers all aspects of setting up a fully equipped metalworking shop. It can be a guide for those setting up their shop for the first time, or those lookinf for tips on upgrading an existing operation. Subjects include an introduction to the workshop, hand tools, shop-made tools, the milling machine, the lathe, the drill press, and more.

4737   The Milling Machine for Home Machinists

  • Provides detailed knowledge in choosing, installing and operating a milling machine for your shop
  • By Harold Hall
  • 119 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-769-8
  • Copyright 2013
This book covers cutting tools and tool holders, work hoding methods, angle plates, dividing heads, the rotary table and much more. It covers all the questions that a newcomer to the milling machine might have.

4591   Turning Precision Tapers on Your Mini Lathe

  • Turning Precision Tapers on Your Mini Lathe: Guide to Turning Precision External and Internal Tapers
  • By Lex Liberato, SwarfRat Enterprises
  • 50 pages, paperback, 8½" x 11"
  • ISBN 978-0-615-63919-2
  • Copyright 2012
This guide covers the three main methods of turning tapers on the lathe: - Using the compound rest - Turning between centers with an offset tailstock - Using a taper turning attachment You can replicate Morse, Jacobs, Jarno, Brown & Sharp, American Standard, and other tapers using the methods explained in this richly illustrated book. The author's clear instructions and breezy writing style, infused with example projects and advice based on his years of personal experience, make this book a great way to learn this topic.

5102   Useful Machine Shop Tools to Make

  • A wide range of projects to be made in one's shop for one's shop
  • By Stan Bray
  • 112 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-864-0
  • Copyright 2015
The projects in this book will make your shop more versatile and efficient. It covers creating your own dependable tools for marking-out, benchwork, and machining. There are 15 different projects presented and none take longer than 3-4 hours to make.
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