Can anyone provide a reference for an all-around machinist handbook?
Something on the level of a "for dummies" book that may provide some of the
basics and more advanced tricks of the trade (mill/lathe setup, general
machining techniques, etc.).
There are hundreds of engineering texts that contribute something toward what
you ask. A retired mechanical engineer, I
found one text that showed a lot of those things you mention:
"Tool & Manufacturing Engineers Handbook", Daniel B. Dallas, Society of
Manufacturing Engineers, McGraw-Hill Book
Company, ISBN 0-07-059558-5
This is NOT a cheap text and is about 3-1/2" thick. I suggest you examine it at
the library before consider buying it.
McGraw-Hill had a book club where you could buy engineering texts at a
reasonable price. I don't know if it still