Metalworking - Doing It Better: Machining, Welding, Fabricating

Metalworking - Doing It Better: Machining, Welding, Fabricating

by Tom Lipton


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, October 23



This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences from a veteran of the trade is presented in a way that captures the readers’ attention and engages them in the process of furthering their skills. It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique techniques and observations from four decades in the metalworking trades. Perfect for hobbyists and veterans alike, and everyone in between, and for those who work out of either small shops or garages, backyard facilities and basements. It will help any metalworker do better work and do it faster!

Users will learn about: The shop environment. Basic generic skills such as drawing and sketching, accuracy, speed, shop math and trigonometry, and angles. Setting up your shop, including floors, light, heating and cooling, workbenches and tables, air supply, raw material storage and handling, safety equipment, filing, sawing, rigging and lifting. Manual and CNC lathes. Manual and CNC mills. Welding. Flame straightening. Sheet metal, patterns, cones, and tanks and baffles. Sanding, grinding, and abrading.

  • Covers hundreds of shop-tested techniques. These creative and unique techniques have been shop-tested by the author the old-fashioned way, by repetition and hard work.
  • Features hundreds of 4-color photographs. Metalworking —Doing It Betterincludes over 900 4-color images personally photographed by the author to illustrate the methods he describes in the book.
  • Fully integrates text and photographs. The guide has been designed so that in virtually every case, the tips and the supporting photographs appear together on the same page.
  • Provides wide range of topics. Many of the topics address specific trade skills, working with manual and CNC lathes and mills, as well as welding flame straightening, sheet metal, sanding, grinding, and abrading. Earlier chapters focus on general across-the-board skills, including essential shop math and trigonometry, accuracy, speed, drawing, and sketching.
  • Includes extensive guidance for setting up your workshop. Chapter 4 helps you with shop basics — finding the right floor and lights, heating and cooling, workbenches and tables, air supply, storage and handling of raw materials, and much more.
  • Written from a folksy, personal perspective. The tips and techniques are presented as an ongoing, informal conversation between the author and the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780831134761
Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2013
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 239,101
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

 Chapter 1         Diving In  
  • Welcome to Doing It Better                                                                                
  • Personal Learning Attitude                                                                                 
  • Shop Environment                                                                                             
  • What’s a Journeyman Anyway?                                                                         
  • Thursday Nights                                                                                    
  • Format                                                                                                             


Chapter 2         Brain Food 

  • Communication                                                                                             
  • Drawing and Sketch                                                                                     
  • Minimizing Screw-Ups                                                                                     
  • Accuracy                                                                                                        
  • Speed                                                                                                            
  • 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                                                                                                        
  • Dimensioning                                                                                                    
  • Other Tips                                                                                                     


Chapter 4         Setting Up Your Shop

  • Floors                                                                                                             
  • Light                                                                                                              
  • 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                                                                                                     
  • Filing                                                                                                               
  • 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

  • Limitations                                                                                                      
  • How Flame Straightening Works                                                                    
  • Heat Input                                                                                                        
  • Mapping                                                                                                           
  • Applying the Correction                                                                                     
  • Straightening Shafts and Tubes                                                                       
  • Special Applications of Heat Shrinking                                                               
  • Correcting Weldments                                                                                      


Chapter 11       Sheet Metal Shop

  • Layout Work                                                                                                     
  • Blank Length Calculations                                                                                
  • Patterns                                                                                                         
  • 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 


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Metalworking - Doing It Better: Machining, Welding, Fabricating 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Wizardmc More than 1 year ago
Informative, easy reading, good for amateur and professional. Plenty of helpful tips.