MODERN MACHINE SHOP PRACTICE is presented to American
mechanics as a complete guide to the operations of the
best equipped and best managed workshops, and to the
care and management of engines and boilers.
The materials have been gathered in part from
the author's experience of thirty-one years as a practical
mechanic; and in part from the many skilled workmen and eminent
mechanics and engineers who have generously aided in its
acknowledgement is here made to all who have contributed
information about improved machines and details of new methods.
The object of the work is practical
instruction, and it has been written throughout from the point
of view, not of theory, but of approved practice. The language
is that of the workshop. The mathematical problems and tables
are in simple arithmetical terms, and involve no algebra or
higher mathematics. The method of treatment is strictly
progressive, following the successive steps necessary to
becoming an intelligent and skilled mechanic.
The work is designed to form a
complete manual of reference for all who handle tools or operate
machinery of any kind, and treats exhaustively of the following
general topics: I. The construction and use of machinery for
making machines and tools; II. The construction and use of
work-holding appliances and tools used in machines for working
metal or wood; III. The construction and use of hand tools for
working metal or wood; IV. The construction and management of
steam engines and boilers. The reader is referred to the TABLE
OF CONTENTS for a view of the multitude of special topics
The work will also be found to give
numerous details of practice never before in print, and known
hitherto only to their originators, and aims to be useful as
well to master-workmen as well as to apprentices, and to owners
and managers of manufacturing establishments equally with their
employees, whether machinists, draughtsman, woodworkers,
engineers, or operators of special machinery.
The illustrations, over three thousand in number, are taken from
modern practice; they represent the machines, tools, appliances
and methods now used in the leading manufactories of the world,
and the typical steam engines and boilers of American
NEW YORK, 1887.