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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.

Basic Benchwork for Home Machinists
  • A hands-on guide to engineering benchwork covering all the basics
  • For apprentices and amateur metalworkers
  • Learn the skills and procedures for files, punches, hand filers, and more
  • Contains helpful diagrams, tables, and black and white photos
  • Begin a career in metalwork engineering and know the proper practices to avoid common mistakes
Basic Lathework for Home Machinists
  • An overview of the lathe and lathework
  • By Stan Bray
  • 176 pages, softcover, 5.75" x 8.27"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-696-7
  • Copyright 2013
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."
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."
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
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!"
DVD: Basic uses for Dividing Instruments for the Mill
  • Running Time: Approximately 65 minutes
DVD: Basic Vise Work Holding Techniques for the Mini Mill
  • Running time: 33 minutes
DVD: Building a Crosshead Overcrank Steam Engine
  • Build a crosshead overcrank steam engine
  • Video instructions and complete plans on the DVD
  • By Ron Takayama
DVD: Building a Horizontal Steam Engine
  • Build a horizontal steam engine
  • Video instructions and complete plans on the DVD
  • By Ron Takayama
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!"
DVD: Building a Vertical Boiler
  • Build a propane fired vertical boiler
  • Boiler is 3.13" in diameter and 12.5" tall
  • By Ron Takayama
DVD: Building an Overcrank Steam Engine
  • Build an overcrank steam engine
  • Video instructions and complete plans on the DVD
  • By Ron Takayama
DVD: Building the Oscillating Cylinder Steam/Air Engine
  • Mini Machines 202 series
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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!"
DVD: Mini Lathe Advanced Operations, Vol. 1
  • Featuring the HiTorque 7x12 Mini Lathe
  • Skills shown are applicable to any lathe
  • Learn turning, threading, knurling plus other skills.
DVD: Mini Machines 101 Complete Mill Series
  • Six DVD set includes the entire Mini Machines 101 Mill Series
DVD: Sherline Lathe Basics
  • How to set up and operate the Sherline lathe
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
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.
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!"
DVD: Work Holding on the Mini Lathe
  • Includes video and ShopBuddy software
Gears and Gear Cutting for Home Machinists
  • Practical, hands-on guide for anyone who wants to cut gears on a lathe or milling machine
  • Learn the fundamentals needed to design gears and gear trains
  • Takes the complex description of gears and how to machine them and makes it very understandable
  • Uses plain, non-technical language and keeps the level of mathematics down to the simplest form
  • Well-illustrated with concise technical diagrams and B&W photo
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
Lathework for Beginners
  • Lathework for Beginners by Neil Wyatt
  • 103 pages, hardcover 8.5" x 12"
  • Published October 2020
  • Based on SIEG SC4 Bench Lathe
  • ISBN: 987-1-8382054-0-9
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
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Machine Shop Practice, Vol. 1
  • Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Volume 1
  • By Karl H. Moltrecht
  • 496 pages, hardcover, 6¼" x 9¼"
  • ISBN 0-8311-1126-7 (v.1)
  • Copyright 1981
Machine Shop Practice, Vol. 2
  • Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Volume 2
  • By Karl H. Moltrecht
  • 517 pages, hardcover, 6¼" x 9¼"
  • ISBN 0-8311-1126-7 (v.2)
  • Copyright 1981
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
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
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
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
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
Milling for Beginners
  • Milling for Beginners by Jason Ballamy
  • 101 pages, hardcover 8.5" x 12"
  • Published October 2020
  • Based on SIEG SX2.7 milling machine
  • ISBN: 987-1-8382054-1-6
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
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
Mini-Lathe Tools & Projects for Home Machinists
  • A practical guide to tools and modifications that will extend the versatility of the mini-lathe
  • Provides photography, helpful diagrams and illustrations
  • Includes descriptive explanations for each modification
  • Contains 15 chapters that feature various tools, projects, and techniques
  • Topics from improving radius turning attachments & saddle adjustments to taper turning & knurling
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
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
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
Tool & Cutter Sharpening for Home Machinists
  • Tips and instructions for tool sharpening from an expert
  • By Harold Hall
  • 136 pages, softcover, 5½" x 8½"
  • ISBN 978-1-56523-912-8
  • Copyright 2017
Useful Machine Shop Tools to Make for Home Shop Machinists
  • 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
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