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emerick welding
08-19-2006, 02:08 AM
I have my own welding business and wanting to get into some machining so I don't have to send things out. I just bought a 1994 Supermax mill. And have full collet set, minor endmills, couple counter bores, decent drill set, Keyless chuck, and parrallels. And a excellent vise.
I need to know where to get info on basic machining principles and a good place to get tooling. Thanks

gzig5
08-19-2006, 02:15 AM
If you can swing it, one of the best ways would be to enroll in a local Tech School machining course. Most of them have night courses so you can keep your day job. Just let the instructor know what you are trying to get out of it.

rockrat
08-19-2006, 08:44 AM
Dont know how you are on learning. Some folks have got to see it done and then they take off on their own.

Others can read a book and get 90% of the way to the goal. Then they stop in here for the stuff that is a bit more tricky.

I enjoy reading and then trying it all out. If you are the same, there are many good books on the subject. Machine Tool Practices by Richard R. Kibbe, John E. Neely, Roland O. Meyer, Warren T. White was what I used in college. Here's a link to an amazon site. Starting at $12.00, not bad.

Machine tool practices link http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/0131376470.01._AA140_SCMZZZZZZZ_V1056419127_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131376470/002-1147974-4039261?v=glance&n=283155)

And there are many more.

A tech school like noted above is a fantastic way to start. You can walk out of there with lots of skills that you will have for life.

Or, Read through all of the past posts in there. We have most likely hit everything you need to know once or twice. You may have to dig a bit but it only costs you the price that your internet provider charges you and your time looking.

And.... most importantly..... ENJOY!

rock-