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  The Complete Practical Machinist by Joshua Rose, 1895    

Lathe Work, Vise Work, Drills and Drilling, Taps and Dies, Hardening and Tempering, The Making and Use of Tools.

The education of the machinist in the science governing the daily practice of his art has not received its proper share of attention at the hands of those authors who have written books upon mechanical subjects: and the artisan is, in consequence, deprived of the aid derivable from the experience of the thousands who have trodden the same path before him.

Hence it takes years of practice and observation to acquire knowledge which could be gained in a comparatively short space of time by the aid of a little book-learning.

To converse intelligently with the artisan, it is necessary to employ language and terms with which he is familiar; and in cases where calculations are required, they should be of as simple a nature as possible, because the practical machinist is not usually versed in algebra; and if he finds that the information of which he is in pursuit is treated only in formula whose meanings are a mystery to him, he becomes discouraged and abandons the task of their elucidation.

When, on the other hand, the mechanic is encouraged by the easy acquirement of the desired knowledge, it proves an incentive which leads him to higher paths of study, into the pursuit of which he had at first no idea of entering.

Practical workmanship is not a mere matter of accustoming the fingers to perform mechanical movements; but is governed by a series of distinct principles, simple and complex, the employment of which depends at all times upon the perception and judgment of the artisan.


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