A comprehensive and detailed presentation of manual machine tools and methods, machine shop know-how and practical shop tips. Machine Shop Essentials is for a wide range of users including machinists, engineers, model makers, R & D lab technicians, instrument makers, prototype builders, product designers and gunsmiths. Machine Shop Essentials features: * A simple question-and-answer format. * Material is divided into small, easy-to-understand blocks. * Over 500 clear, concise drawings. * Introduction to metal lathes, milling machines, drill presses and their cutting tools and accessories. * Step-by-step instructions for many common machine shop operations, including typical problems and their solutions. * Shortcuts, specialized tools and tips from expert machinists on indispensable shop-made tools that will quickly expand the user's capabilities. * Machine tool accessories that simplify making complex parts. * Screw threads and non-threaded fasteners. * General shop safety issues and special precautions for each machine tool. * A review of basic precision measuring and marking tools and methods. * How to incorporate purchased components such as bearing, gears, snap rings and roll pins to quickly make sophisticated and durable devices. * How to heat-treat steel in the machine shop. * Guidelines for avoiding metal fatigue failures. * Cutting, drilling, and shaping plastic, rubber and glass. * Safety precautions and equipment for each machine tool. * A comprehensive machine shop glossary.