Machine Shop Practice, Set

Volume I & 2

Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, Two-Volume Set

Karl H. Moltrecht (deceased)


This package includes both Volume 1 and Volume 2, which are also sold separately.


Looking for the eBook versions? Click here for Volume 1.  Click here for Volume 2.



Machine Shop Practice, Second Edition, delivers nearly everything the apprentice or on-the-job professional needs to know about the intelligent and efficient operation of machine tools. This package includes both volumes of this classic reference.



  • 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.


Volume 1

  • 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

Volume 2

  • Shaper Construction.
    • Shaper Work.
    • Planers and Planer Work.
    • Milling Machine Construction.
    • Milling Cutters.
    • Milling Machine Operations.
    • Indexing.
    • Dividing Head Work.
    • Helical and Cam Milling.
    • The Horizontal Boring Machine.v
    • Grinding Wheels.
    • Cylindrical Grinding.
    • Surface Grinding.
    • Cutter and Tool Grinding.
    • Numerical Controlled Machine Tools.
    • Surface Plate Work.