Metalworking Sink or Swim: Tips and Tricks for Machinists, Welders, and Fabricators (Hardcover)

Metalworking Sink or Swim: Tips and Tricks for Machinists, Welders, and Fabricators By Tom Lipton Cover Image

Metalworking Sink or Swim: Tips and Tricks for Machinists, Welders, and Fabricators (Hardcover)


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This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences from a veteran of the trade is presented in a way that captures the attention of users and engages them in the process of furthering the art. It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique skills and observations from almost 40 years in the metalworking trades. What's more, it offers enough material from several metalworking trades to start a great research and development shop. It is sure to be a valuable and time-saving resource for anyone involved in the fabrication of metal.

  • Written by a shop peer from the perspective of having done the required work.
  • Includes nearly 1,000 full-color photos, as well as numerous illustrative stories that help users easily understand the material presented and the techniques provided.
  • Contains a chapter on flame straightening techniques.
  • Offers many examples of special workholding techniques.
  • Covers crossover skills like Welding/Machine, Sheetmetal/Welding, and Design/Management.
Diving In Welcome to Sink or Swim Personal Learning Attitude Shop Environment Thursday Nights What's A Journeyman Anyway? Format

Brain Food Communication Drawing and Sketching Minimizing Screw Ups Accuracy Speed Shop Math Mass, Volume, and Area Angles and Shop TrigonometryThe Metric SystemComputers and the Metalworker Dumb and Dumber Want to Make a Million Dollars? Somethings That Really Need to be Invented

Bean Counter Lounge

Get the Shop Set Up Floors Light Food Preparation Area Food Consumption Area Heating and Cooling Workbenches and Tables Air Supply in the Metalworking Shop Raw Material Storage and Handling Material Identification and Characteristics Safety Equipment Tool Crib Benchwork Filing Saws and Sawing Rigging and Lifting

Manual Lathe Threading in the Manual Lathe Multiple Start Threads

Manual Milling Machine Bridgeport Mills Suggested ImprovementsSpherical Surface Generation in the Manual Milling Machine

CNC Mill Working with CNC EquipmentCNC Mill

CNC LatheCNC Lathe Programming

The Welding Shop Getting Started Layout Work Some of My Favorite Hand Tools Welding TableBrake Bumping

The Lost Art of Flame Straightening Limitations How Flame Straightening Works Straightening Shafts and Tubes Special Applications of Heat Shrinking

Sheet Metal Shop Layout Work Blank Length Calculations Patterns The "Yank Method" Box and Pan Brakes Forming and Layout of Cones Tanks and Baffles

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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Product Details ISBN: 9780831133627
ISBN-10: 0831133627
Publisher: Industrial Press
Publication Date: January 14th, 2009
Pages: 300
Language: English