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12-21-2010, 08:24 PM
Hello everyone, I have seen the post about books in the welding section and was wondering are there some recomended reading for someone new into machining. After the fisrt of the year I would like to get a little lathe to start learning on how to use it. I know some might say get a good one and spend good money the first time but I would like to atleast learn on one thats reasonably affordable. So I was wondering what books I should look for and get to read and learn. I know hands on may be the best way to learn and has always been for me in the past, I was looking for something to help me.

Thanks in advance for any and all info.

Robin R
12-21-2010, 09:10 PM
Here's a fairly recent thread where this question was asked, I expect a thorough use of the search function would turn up more titles, though these are a good start. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=44614&highlight=books

12-21-2010, 09:16 PM
ALW, I can't tell where on the planet you are located, but these will get you started.

Workshop Practice Series No. 34
ISBN 1-85486-230-8

The MIT free videos....

Just be aware that the instructor in the videos is maybe overly familiar whith his machines and appears to put his fingers in places that I wouldn't.:eek:

Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you like here. Lots of good people.
Welcome to the addiction.;)


Mark Hockett
12-21-2010, 09:18 PM
I would start with the Southbend book "How to run a lathe". You can purchase a reprint from Lindsay's Books, http://www.lindsaybks.com/ . It is item #21150 and costs about $8.

12-21-2010, 09:47 PM
Here is a good place to look Machinist Book Store (http://www.machinist-guide.com/machinist-books.html)

12-22-2010, 07:38 AM
Thanks guys, I will have to look into these books. Guess I should have asked sooner so I could have sent the list to Mrs Claus ...