Machine Tool Practices

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/10/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Machine Tool Practices, Tenth Edition, provides a richly illustrated, practical, and understandable treatment of machine tool technology and related subjects, including measurement and tools, reading drawings, mechanical hardware, hand tools, metallurgy, and the essentials of computer numerical control. The text’s teaching and learning package includes an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slides, and computerized testing.


Teaching and Learning Experience:

  • Provides a richly illustrated treatment of basic machine tool technology and related subjects.
  • The definitive text to successfully train computer numerical controllers and conventional machine operators, general machinists, and tool and die makers.
  • Lends itself well to classes that take a combined lecture/laboratory approach, as well as those using it in a self-paced environment.

Table of Contents



Unit 1: Shop Safety 

Unit 2: Mechanical Hardware 

Unit 3: Reading Drawings 



Hand Tools

Unit 1: Arbor and Shop Presses

Unit 2: Work-Holding and Hand Tools

Unit 3: Hacksaws 

Unit 4:  Files

Unit 5: Hand Reamers 

Unit 6: Identification and Uses of Taps 

Unit 7: Tapping Procedures 

Unit 8: Thread-Cutting Dies and Their Uses 

Unit 9: Off-Hand Grinding 



Dimensional Measurement 

Unit 1: Systems of Measurement

Unit 2: Using Steel Rules

Unit 3: Using Vernier, Dial, and Digital Instruments for Direct Measurements 

Unit 4: Using Micrometer Instruments 

Unit 5: Using Comparison Measuring Instruments 

Unit 6: Using Gage Blocks

Unit 7: Using Angular Measuring Instruments

Unit 8: Tolerances, Fits, Geometric Dimensions, and Statistical Process Control




Unit 1: Selection and Identification of Steels 

Unit 2: Selection and Identification of Nonferrous Metals

Unit 3: Hardening, Case Hardening, and Tempering 

Unit 4: Annealing, Normalizing, and Stress Relieving  

Unit 5: Rockwell and Brinell Hardness Testers 




Unit 1: Basic Semiprecision Layout Practice 

Unit 2: Basic Precision Layout Practice 



Preparation for Machining Operations

Unit 1: Machinability and Chip Formation

Unit 2: Speeds and Feeds for Machine Tools 

Unit 3: Cutting Fluids

Unit 4: Using Carbides and Other Tool Materials



Sawing Machines

Unit 1: Using Reciprocating and Horizontal Band Cutoff Machines

Unit 2: Abrasive and Cold Saws

Unit 3: Preparing to Use the Vertical Band Machine 

Unit 4: Using the Vertical Band Machine 



Drilling Machines

Unit 1: The Drill Press

Unit 2: Drilling Tools

Unit 3: Hand Grinding of Drills on the Pedestal Grinder

Unit 4: Operating Drilling Machines

Unit 5: Countersinking and Counterboring 

Unit 6: Reaming in the Drill Press



Turning Machines

Unit 1: The Engine Lathe

Unit 2: Toolholders and Toolholding for the Lathe

Unit 3: Cutting Tools for the Lathe 

Unit 4: Lathe Spindle Tooling 

Unit 5: Operating the Machine Controls 

Unit 6: Facing and Center Drilling

Unit 7: Turning between Centers

Unit 8: Alignment of the Lathe Centers 

Unit 9: Other Lathe Operations  

Unit 10: Sixty-Degree Thread Information and Calculations

Unit 11: Cutting Unified External Threads

Unit 12: Cutting Unified Internal Threads 

Unit 13: Cutting Tapers

Unit 14: Using Steady and Follower Rests

Unit 15: Additional Thread Forms

Unit 16: Cutting Acme Threads on the Lathe 



Vertical Milling Machines

Unit 1: Vertical Spindle Milling Machines 

Unit 2: Cutting Tools and Cutter Holders for the Vertical Milling Machine

Unit 3:Setups on the Vertical Milling Machine

Unit 4: Vertical Milling Machine Operations

Unit 5: Using the Offset Boring Head



Horizontal Spindle Milling Machines

Unit 1: Horizontal Spindle Milling Machines

Unit 2: Types of Spindles, Arbors, and Adapters 

Unit 3: Arbor-Driven Milling Cutters

Unit 4: Work-Holding Methods and Standard Setups

Unit 5: Machine Setup and Plain Milling 

Unit 6: Using Side Milling Cutters

Unit 7: Using Face Milling Cutters on the Horizontal Milling Machine



Grinding and Abrasive Machining Processes

Unit 1: Selection and Identification of Grinding Wheels

Unit 2: Truing, Dressing, and Balancing of Grinding Wheels

Unit 3: Grinding Fluids

Unit 4: Horizontal Spindle Reciprocating Table Surface Grinders

Unit 5: Work Holding on the Surface Grinder

Unit 6: Using the Surface Grinder 

Unit 7: Problems and Solutions in Surface Grinding 

Unit 8: Center-Type Cylindrical Grinders 

Unit 9: Using the Cylindrical Grinder

Unit 10: Universal Tool and Cutter Grinder



Computer Numerical Control and Other Advanced Machining Processes

Unit 1: CNC Machine Tool Programmable Axes and Position Dimensioning Systems

Unit 2: CNC Programming

Unit 3: CNC Tooling 

Unit 4: Other Advanced Machining Processes


Appendix 1: Answers to Self-Tests 

Appendix 2: General Tables


Table 1: Decimal Equivalents of Fractional Inches 

Table 2: Inch/Metric Conversion Table

Table 3: Tap Drill Sizes

Table 4: Metric Tap Drill Sizes  

Table 5A: Tapers 

Table 5B: Tapers and Angles  

Table 6: General Measurements 

Table 7A: Density or Specific Gravity of Metals and Alloys 

Table 7B: Approximate Melting Points of Metals and Various Substances  

Table 8: Right-Triangle Solution Formulas 

Table 9: Wire Gages and Metric Equivalents 

Table 10: Cutting Speeds for Commonly Used Materials 

Table 10A: Feeds for High-Speed Steel End Mills 

Table 10B: Coolants and Cutting Oils Used for General Machining 

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