am 2. Oktober 2005
Start: This book describes how to use a (vertical) mill. So far, no news...
The first part explains how to make and machine a set of workholding utilities, such as an angle plate, hold downs, clamps and colums to square up parts.
This gives you the basic ideas of feeds, speeds and how to cut which metal. Also, it explains how to cut for precisely parallel planes on different sides of the workpiece.
The second part goes deeper into machining with three bigger projects that belong to each other in successive order:
A boring head, a dividing head and a grinding rest for milling cutters, chisels and god knows what else.
Main material here is mild steel. The author also asks for some turned parts in this projects. Therfore, to built these, you should have a lathe or know someone who has one.
The book is richely ilustrated and shows loads of tricks of tool holding, angle cutting and so on with simple jigs and fixtures. The readability of the text is very good.
It is well suited to the beginner and to restarters of machine work.
It misses excessive calculations of toolspeeds and other theoretic ideas. Therefore: Good for the amateur and tinker!
In short: Great book, loads of pics, good explanations.