Machining for dummies

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.).
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One of the best sources is the manuals that came with lathes and mills in simpler times.
Out of print, you say? Not so. Reprints at
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You MUST get their catalog.
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Mike Halloran
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 exists.
Jim Y
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Jim Y

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