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For anyone who likes this sort of thing, the Dave Gingery workshop book series is a hoot! In volume 2, you learn how to melt down your neighbor's screen door to build a lathe.
Typeset on a manual typewriter. My favorite Dave Gingery quote: "I spent half my life trying to figure out how to do a fifty dollar job for fifty cents. I spent the other half looking for the fifty cents. Those books are amazing. I wound up building a forge, buying a crucible, and making some tongs out of strap iron.
One afternoon i had my mold ready. Fired up the forge, and melted down some aluminum. Then i realized how wildly unprepared i was for dealing with molten metal. Then i went and bought a little sherline mill. The book on casting is amazing, and i have no doubt most people can build real tools. I don't regret any of the time i spent on it. And perhaps i should have given it a few more weekends. It's amazing. I think he undersells how much skill he built up over 50? And i think anyone attempting this will realize how painfully unskilled they are.
But there's enough there. It's a great treatise on how you can measure things like one millionth of an inch, and has lots of incredible pictures. Great book!!! I'm working through it myself. Looks good, but it's out of print. There are also a few pdf copies floating around that are acceptable quality. Gingery lathes are borderline to put it nicely. It's very interesting, looks like a lot of fun to build, but the end result is barely usable.
They are awesome books, but, really, any of the Chinese junk from Harbor Freight is so much better that it's ridiculous. Animats on Mar 10, Oh yes, those. I read those once when a "prepper" pointed me at them. It's how to build a machine shop from junk, if you're a master machinist.
He assumes there's lots of aluminum around. Hacker News new past comments ask show jobs submit. Animats on Mar 10, Oh yes, those.
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David J. Gingery is most famous for his Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap series, which details how to build a reasonably complete machine shop at low cost, often from scrap metal and other items. The hobbyist starts by constructing a small foundry capable of melting silicon - aluminum and zinc alloys from recycled automotive parts. Then green sand castings are used to make a metal lathe. The lathe is the first machine built since it can be used to help build itself. The lathe and foundry are then used to make more complicated machine tools. There is another book by Gingery, not usually counted as part of the series, entitled Building a Gas Fired Crucible Furnace , which can be substituted for that describing the charcoal foundry.
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