Where to begin??
I dont know if this is the right place to post this sorry if it is. Anyway, Hello! lol.
I am welder by trade and I have always wanted to learn the machining side of metal working. So I made calls to the local vocational/technical schools around, guess what, nobody offers an adult course(of course) Well I did find one about 2 hours away, I am honestly thinking of making the drive in the fall. But if that doesnt happen, can anyone suggest some good books I should have on the shelf? Or where to begin? I have found Mr.Pete on you tube, but thats about it.
I am wanting to learn all that I can about machining, it has fascinated me for a long time, and now since I am buying my own place I can actually set up a decent shop!
P.S. I dont own any machines as of right now.But that is in the works...soon!
until you can get access to machines, yours or a schools, the best thing you do is read read read....books mags whatever. I've been machining for 15 years but thinking about it and learning for 30 When you get machines its becomes second best thing you can do to advance your skill, but only slightly, and still very important. Maybe subscribe to the magazine? buy a used high school sr text? read read read.
With a bunch of learning under my belt from all that reading, machines to work on and full of enthusiasm I'd not have the patience to get through a course unless it was one those "come on in and use the machines and ask if you need help". Not much of a course guy...but everyone's different.
The Internet Archive has hundreds of old machinist books that can be downloaded for free. The newer ones are still very relevant.
Also "how to run a Lathe" Southbend
Machine shop Practice by Moltrecht Industrial press
Hsm and Machinist Workshop magazines Village Press (this forum sponsor)
Darrel Hollands videos put out by the AGI (American Gunsmith Institute) are expensive but not as much so if you consider tuition, driving expenses etc.
A significant advantage is being able to revisit topics as the need arises.
The videos sold by our host are also good but don't go into as much depth. The videos from MIT and You Tube will also help get you started.
Thank You all for the help. I was hoping to get into a course somewhere so I at least know the different parts of the machines (maybe lol) and also, what to look for when purchasing some machines. Knowing my luck I would buy a piece of junk lol! Thanks for all of the links and the book suggestions.
Last edited by Tamper84; 04-11-2012 at 06:12 PM.
Someone here must have a link to MIT -(the Massachusits-spelling, Institute of technology) i think it is , they had some great videos,, then of course there's all the videos tubal cain has on here, quite good.
Try Googling those two, Think Tubal Cains was something like "Pete222".?
here is a link to videos from MIT on machining [free]
Thanks Bill for posting that, i knew someone here would have it!!
I wouldn't like to try to learn without having the machines ..it would be very dificult..
I don't think I would pick anything up ..just by watching videos etc alone ..
Ii think you sound so keen ..that you should just go out and purchase the machines you need first ......then learn.
Best thing, I think ...is find someone on here who is near, to take you on for a couple of hours and teach you a bit , whilst working on a real machine .
all the best.markj