A few machining books of interest in no particular order.

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Where easily available the ISBN number is shown.  Where this was not possible I show the publisher's URL.  (This is a particular problem for reprints of older books.)

Milne's  Machine Shop Methods is suggested as a good introduction to craft metalworking.


Author Title Publisher Address ISBN comments
Milne, Lorus J.  Machine Shop Methods [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL 0-8311-3079-2 A fine introduction to craft machining
Moltrecht, Karl H. Machine Shop Practice, 2nd ed., Vol I Industrial Press New York 0-8311-1126-7 Start with Milne.  Intensive & detailed machining text covering precision measurement, layout, lathe work including tool grinding and screw cutting.
Moltrecht, Karl H. Machine Shop Practice, 2nd ed., Vol II Industrial Press New York 0-8311-1132-1 Start with Milne.  Intensive & detailed machining text covering milling machines, shapers and planers
 Kibbe, Neely, et al Machine Tool Practices, 7th Edition Prentice Hall Upper       Saddle River, NJ 0132702320 This text is expensive but is used in several FPC technology classes and is a good reference. Available FPC bookstore
Colvin, Fred H. Running an Engine Lathe, [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL 0-8311-3079-2 From 1941 -- an oldie but a goldie.
Sheldon Machine Company The Care and Operation of a Lathe, [reprint] Lindsay    Publications Bradley, IL   "THE" basic lathe book.
South Bend Lathe South Bend Lathe Machine Shop Projects, [reprint] Lindsay     Publications Bradley, IL 1559182482 Projects to make on your lathe. 
 South Bend Lathe How to Run a Metalworking Shaper and Drill Press, [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL Lindsay"s URL Most important tools in the shop after the lathe
Oberg, Jones, Horton, et al.  Machinery’s Handbook 27th edition Industrial Press New York 0-8311-2700-7 THE basic machinist's reference work. [note earlier editions may be more suitable as these emphasize manual machining techniques, older manual machines, materials, techniques and processes]
Hoffman, Edward G. and McCauley, Christopher, J. Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices, 2nd ed. Industrial Press  New York 0-8311-3079-2 Less expensive but also less detailed general machining reference book than Machinery's.
Barritt, J. W. Lathe Operations, [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL Lindsay"s URL  
Anderson, John G. Technical Shop Mathematics, 2nd ed.  (1983) Industrial Press  New York 0-8311-1145-3 A good review or self-study book for all areas of shop math.   
           
           
           
Horner, Joseph Practical Metal Turning, [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL Lindsay"s URL An older book stressing many manual techniques and workarounds.
Hasluck, Paul N. Hasluck’s Metalworking Tools, Materials & Processes   [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL Lindsay"s URL An older book stressing many manual techniques and workarounds.
Smith, Robert H. Elements of Machine Work, [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL Lindsay"s URL An older book stressing many manual techniques and workarounds.
Smith, Robert H. Advanced Machine Work [reprint] Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL Lindsay"s URL An older book stressing many manual techniques and workarounds.
Cain, Tubal Milling Operations in the Lathe Special Interest Model Books Poole, Dorset
United Kingdom
0-85242-840-5

U.S. distributor

#5 in a series Good introduction to using your lathe as a horizontal milling machine.  Not a substitute for a real milling machine, but if you only have a lathe available ...
Law, Ivan Gears and Gear Cutting Special Interest Model Books Poole, Dorset
United Kingdom
0-85242-911-8

U.S. distributor

#17 in a series
Good introduction to making gears.  
           
Lautard, Guy The Machinist’ Bedside Reader (December 1988) Guy B.E. Lautard West Vancouver, B.C.

Canada

0969098022 Projects, tools, and machining stories and history.  A fun read with considerable practical advice.
Lautard, Guy The Second Machinist’ Bedside Reader and the Bull’s Eye Mixture (December 1988) Guy B. E. Lautard West Vancouver, B.C.

Canada

 
0969098030 Projects, tools, and machining stories and history.  A fun read with considerable practical advice.
Lautard, Guy The Third Machinist’ Bedside Reader (June 1, 1993) Guy B. E. Lautard West Vancouver, B.C.

Canada

 
096909809X Projects, tools, and machining stories and history.  A fun read with considerable practical advice.
Jones, Franklin D. Machine Shop Training Course 5th Ed, Vol I (1964) Industrial Press New York 0-8311-1039-2  
Jones, Franklin D. Machine Shop Training Course 5th Ed, Vol II (1964) Industrial Press New York 0-8311-1040-6  
           
Henry Ford Trade School Shop Theory [reprint]  Lindsay Publications Bradley,    IL Lindsay"s URL An older book stressing many manual techniques and workarounds.  Especially helpful for the home or minimally equipped maintenance shop.
Gingery, Dave The Metal Lathe Lindsay Publications Bradley, IL 1878087010 How to make you own metal lathe - the second in a how to make your own machine shop series.
  Harvey, James A.   Machine Shop Trade Secrets – A guide to Manufacturing Shop Practices  ProShop Publishing Garden Grove CA 0-9743897-6-5 If you are making your living by craft machining get this book.
Edwards, John G. Turret Mill Operation Hanser Gardner Cincinnati, Ohio 1-56990-273-9 Wonderful introduction to setting up and using the Bridgeport type vertical mill.  Many hints, tips and money saving ideas.  Includes several projects.  You should buy and read this book before you buy your mill.
Edwards, John G. Lathe Operation and Maintenance Hanser Gardner Cincinnati, Ohio 1-56990-340-9 Companion to Edward's book on turret mills.  Wonderful intro to manual lathe operation and maintenance.  You should buy and read this book before you buy your lathe.
           
           
Smid, Peter CNC Programming Hand Book 2nd ed. Industrial Press NY, NY 0-8311-3158-6 If you have a little knowledge of CNC this is a great resource.  It will build on what you know. Covers both lathes and machining centers [mainly vertical]
Steve Krar and Arthur Gill CNC Simplified Industrial Press NY, NY ISBN-10 (0-8311-)3133-0 A better choice if your are just starting in CNC, with more introductory material in greater depth.
Smid, Peter Fanuc CNC Custom Macros, Book and eBook PDF on CD Combo Industrial Press NY, NY ISBN-10 (0-8311-)3285-X FANUC specific, but gives a good idea of how to program the cnc controller using macros.  Can't find a G/M code your like?  Write your own!
           
           

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