Metalworking - Doing It Better

This collection of invaluable tips, tricks, skills and industry experiences from a trade veteran is presented in a way that captures the readers’ attention, and helps to further their skills. Metalworking ‐ Doing It Better includes shop‐tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique techniques and observations from four decades in the metalworking trades. This book is perfect for hobbyists and veterans alike, including those who work out of either small shops or garages, backyard facilities and basements.

Users will learn about: the shop environment; basic skills such as drawing and sketching, accuracy, speed, shop math and trigonometry, and angles; setting up one’s own 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.

This incredible text covers hundreds of techniques that have been shop‐tested by the author through repetition and hard work. Over 900 4‐color images personally photographed by the author to illustrate the methods he describes in the book are featured. Text and photographs are expertly integrated in virtually every case, so that tips and supporting photographs appear on the same page. Earlier chapters focus on general skills such as essential shop math and trigonometry, accuracy, speed, drawing, and sketching. This book also includes a very practical section that includes extensive guidance for setting up your own workshop. 

Metalworking - Doing It Better