Machine Shop Practice, Vol. 1

Volume I

Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Volume I

Karl H. Moltrecht (deceased)


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Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Volume I delivers nearly everything the apprentice or on-the-job professional needs to know about the intelligent and efficient operation of machine tools.



  • Includes over 760 illustrations and 70 tables in two volumes.
  • Offers sections on numerical control; grinding wheels (that includes the newest abrasive materials); single point cutting tools and tool wear; basic drilling machine setups; and formulas for estimating the power required for planing.
  • Provides detailed discussions on methods of setting up the workpiece on milling machines, horizontal boring machines, planers and shapers.


  • Basic Metal Cutting Operations
  • Basic Measuring Instruments
  • Layout Work
  • Drilling Machines, Twist Drills and Auxillary Tooling
  • Drilling Machine Operations
  • Engine Lathe Construction
  • Single Point Cutting Tools and Their Performance
  • Cylindrical Turning
  • Chucking Work
  • Taper and Angle Turning
  • Faceplate Work
  • Screw Threads and Screw Thread Measurements
  • Cutting Screws on a Lathe
  • Turret Lathes, Production Lathes and Vertical Lathes
  • Precision Hole Location - the Jig Borer
  • Metal Cutting Saws