View Full Version : reading suggestions please for milling beginer

05-19-2012, 08:07 AM
I have the habit of researching the heck out of anything before I get into it. I'd like to study the art of a manual knee mill. I'd love to take some classes, but I'm not in an area where that is feasable, not to mention, I work 11 hrs a day already.. :( I've watched a few tubal cain videos on the youtube, but feel I'm lacking a very basic knowledge and understanding of the machines capabilities.

Any one care to make suggestions of reading material or titles of their favorite text books from trade school??

Thanks to all who respond. This site has been such a big help. :D

05-19-2012, 09:30 AM
Back when I was where you are now, I met a guy that had gone through machine shop training in the military. He still had the military training manuals these were very basic but helpful.

New Life Video Productions sell two videos by Rudy Kouhoupt.
1.Fundamentals of Milling Machine Operation.
2.Advanced Aspects of Milling Machine Operation.

American Gunsmith Institute (AGI) sells a ten video milling course by Darrel Holland that is very good.

Purchasing these videos while expensive provides good value in that they are both a good teaching method and an excellent reference resource.

Davo J
05-19-2012, 09:54 AM
There are also a lot of books on ebay out of the UK that are re runs. I think one of them is milling a complete course and there are a pile of other from the same author. They are around $20 each from memory.


05-19-2012, 11:47 AM
May I suggest renting them?

Just a satisfied customer.

05-19-2012, 12:01 PM
Milling A Complete Course by Harold Hall, # 35 of the Workshop Practice Series (ISBN 978-185486-232-7) as mentioned by Davo J is a good place to start. It is a British publication so some terminology might seem a bit strange to us as Americans (two peoples separated by a common language [paraphrase of Winston Churchill]) but it does get you started nicely.

I will also suggest looking for an older High School machine shop text. Lindsay Publications has a lot of old reprints that can be very helpful as well.

05-19-2012, 12:25 PM
all these video tutorials are free ..

Step into the world of precision machining with GMT's Crash Course in Milling series,
http://www.glacern.com/videolounge (http://www.glacern.com/videolounge)

MIT Full Machine Shop Beginners/advanced Course
free to watch streaming machine shop course..many hours from the MIT USA
http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/ehs-videos/videos (http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/ehs-videos/videos)

Basic Beginners Course on Machining
4 vids on the basics of machining, free to watch from Harvey Mudd College USA
http://www.eng.hmc.edu/E8/Videos.htm (http://www.eng.hmc.edu/E8/Videos.htm)

Virtual Machine Shop
Massive resource of machining related tutorials
http://www.jjjtrain.com/vms/library.html (http://www.jjjtrain.com/vms/library.html)

all the best.markj

Bill McLeod
05-19-2012, 12:37 PM
another one is MIT http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/142-machine-shop-1

05-19-2012, 03:07 PM
There's only so much you can read and watch without actually having access to a mill to put what you learn into practice. My biggest help was actually getting a mill in my shop then having a machinist friend come hang out for a few afternoons.

loose nut
05-19-2012, 03:30 PM
The Internet Archive has dozens of older free books available
Brown and Sharps "Treatise on the construction and use of a milling machine " is a good place to start. Cincinnati has a similar book, also available.

The machinery reference series - small books on specific machinist subjects are very good

Just search under mill, milling, machine shop, lathes, tooling etc.

The Artful Bodger
05-19-2012, 06:04 PM
Books are good and I wish I had more of them, so is experience but I am a bit short on that. However what I am really deprived of is someone 'right there' telling me when I am doing it right and what I need to correct.