Metalworking: Doing it Better

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Metalworking: Doing it Better draws heavily from Tom Lipton's bestselling Metalworking Sink or Swim. It will help you develop new metalworking skills and improve those you already have. The most substantive changes between Metalworking: Doing it Better (DIB) and Metalworking Sink or Swim (SOS) are found in the page layout and design.

Publication Date: 2013
Book Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 344
Edition: 1st
Cover: Soft cover
Author: Lipton

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Table of Contents


 Chapter 1: Diving In

Welcome to Doing It Better
Personal Learning Attitude
Shop Environment
What's a Journeyman ANyway?

Chapter 2: Brain Food
Drawing and Sketch
Minimizing Screw-ups
Shop Math
Mass, Volume, and Area
Angles and Shop Trigonometry
The Metric System
Computers and the Metalworker
Dumb and Dumber
Want to Make a Million Dollars?

Chapter 3: Bean Counters Lounge
Engineers and Metalworkers
Shop Talk
Other Tips

Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Shop
Food Areas
Heating and Cooling
Workbenches and Tables
Air Supply
Raw Material Storage and Handling
Material Identification and Characteristics
Safety Equipment
Tool Crib
Bench Work
Saws and Sawing
Rigging and Lifting

Chapter 5: Manual Lathe
Learning to Love the Lathe
Getting Started with the Manual Lathe
Step Turning
Threading in the Manual Lathe
Multiple Start Threads

Chapter 6: Manual Milling Machine
Bridgeport Mills
Suggested Improvements
Spherical Surface Generation

Chapter 7: CNC Mill
Working with CNC Equipment
CNC Mill

Chapter 8: CNC Lathe
CNC Lathe Programming
CNC Lathe Part Making

Chapter 9: The Welding Shop
Getting Started
Layout Work
Some of My Favorite Hand Tools
Welding Tables
Brake Bumping

Chapter 10: The Lost Art of Flame Straightening
How Flame Straightening Works
Heat Input
Applying the Correction
Straightening Shaft and Tubes
Special Application of Heat Shrinking
Correcting Weldments

Chapter 11: Sheet Metal Shop
Layout Work
Blank Length Calculations
The "Yank" Method
Forming and Layout of Cones
Tanks and Baffles

Chapter 12: The Abrasion Department
Sanding, Grinding, and Abrading
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Radius Grinding

Chapter 13: The Junk Drawer
Miscellaneous Tricks Without a Home
Ideas for the Shop Floor

Closing Thoughts
 Appendix A: Squaring Blocks without a Tool Change
 Appendix B: Recommended Reading List

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