A Little Light Reading To Do

I haven’t just been collecting tools.

I have also been snagging information as I can.

Your Old Time Bookstore” has had one hell of a sale going for reprints of old Machinist and other technical books and I have been keeping the Post Man busy.

Some of those little pamphlet style reprints are going for as little as $2.60 apiece and I think the most I paid for one was $5.50.

They have complete sets if you want to get them all at once and some of them are the old Lindsey books that are getting hard to find.

The “Lathe” set has 3 little books in it that normally retail for $21 on sale for $6.

You can’t beat that price for brand new books.

Some of it is arcane info and some of it is pretty much timeless.

My way of thinking is that it is better to have and not need than to need and not have, especially when it is that inexpensive to have dead tree versions.

23 thoughts on “A Little Light Reading To Do

  1. Ever drop by Vintage Books on Mill Plain?
    They have bunch of car stuff, and they might carry other things that might get your attention.


  2. If you don’t have books like that you will have to reinvent all those tables and info and that may take decades if not centuries.


  3. With a woodworking background, starting as a metal newbie, I had a rough idea on how to cut and look up speeds and feeds, etc- but figuring out the best sequence of operations to hold a tolerance and minimize set up time is still a challenge.
    I must have put in two or three hours a day for years reading on machinist forums, about some dude wanting to make a widget, and the 20 responses on how to do it, and why do it in that order.
    Let us give thanks for the old timers who are so generous with their time and expertise!

    “Machine-Shop-Essentials”-Questions-Answers” by Frank Marlow is a really useful book- it is the question and answer format that makes for a quick and easy reference- at first it seemed hokey but it really does work well.

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    • Yes, the experience that has already been lost to attrition from the previous generations is staggering and can’t soon be replaced anymore as everyone is going to computer controlled machines.
      All fine and dandy but the basics are the fall back and some of the old methods of figuring out how to do something are pretty damn impressive. I’ll look into that book, thanks.


  4. check out the website of harold hall. he got like 8-10 books out, easy to understand.
    well thought methods and good plans. kind of a pain to convert metric to inch, but it is what it is.
    most of them can be had thru amazon. for under 10 bucks. well worth the money !
    he also has a bunch of youtube vids as well. i only wish i had found him a long time ago,,
    he has a lot of projects that are useful as well a skill builders.


  5. Lindsay’s has found a new home! Good to know.

    We’ll have to encourage you to start sand casting. HOA is going to love your oil burning foundry.


  6. Old books. Yeah, baby. I had this one as a text book for a junior college class back in ’73. Still have it.–

    The manuals by Jerry Kuhnhausen are also excellent.


    • Apparently the links I used don’t do squat (thanks, Amazon) so I guess you’ll have to paste the titles into the search bar.


  7. I am very fortunate to have an elderly friend who was a tool and die maker for many years. I started learning on his machines, and have had his assistance finding my own. Most importantly, he has helped me set up each machine, dial them in, and has worked closely with me through some challenging projects.
    This is a guy who did machinist work for components flown to the moon.
    In return, I am helping him restore one of his old cars.
    Almost all of my machines were purchased as scrap, and we have brought them back to new condition or better.

    I am enjoying watching your progress on the blog as well. I bet there is some old guy in your area, who would really enjoy passing his knowledge on. A lot of it is not easily learned from a book.
    Of course you need the books as well. I was gifted the “Workshop Practice” series, which has been very helpful. A recent yard sale purchase was a “Machinerys Handbook” that had belonged to a machinist on a ship during the Pacific war, and the owner had written each battle fought and island group visited inside the front cover.


  8. And, when the SHTF and electricity is gone, you can still access the vital information!
    Then you have to figure out how to power the equipment…
    Details, details.


    • Akshoooly…
      I still have that old David Bradly tractor that has a sort of belt driven power take off.
      I have a long term idea of figuring out how to run at least a couple of my units from that.


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