Free Books on Machining
Thanks to the efforts of Google Books Google Books and Internet Archive Internet Archive: Free Movies, Music, Books & Wayback Machine , there are thousands of classic books on machining available on the Internet. On both Sites, books that are no longer protected by copyright (roughly before 1930) can be word searched and are available for download as PDF. If you have manual machinery, most of the information and principles still apply.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were an enormous amount of individuals looking for training in the skilled profession of running machining equipment. Several companies offered correspondence books to learn how to use this equipment at home. These companies merged over time, and some had multiple names. Here are a few examples for the company names: International Textbook Company, International Correspondence Schools, American Technical Society, and American School of Correspondence. International Correspondence Schools published a large series of books under the title of “International Library of Technology”. American Technical Society produced bounded volumes with the titles “Cyclopedia of Mechanical Engineering”, “Cyclopedia of Modern Shop Practice”, “Modern Engineering Practice”, and later “Modern Shop Practice”
Other companies published short booklets on various machining topics. Industrial Press covered 140 aspects of machining in “Machinery’s Reference Series”, with another 20 of charts and additional information in “Machinery’s Data Series”. Both of these sprang from issues of their magazine “Machinery”. A few years later, Industrial Press expanded and consolidated the booklets into a twelve volume set in titled “Machinery Library”. The 1915 version of “Machinery’s Handbook” is available on Google.
Books authored by the following people are worth looking into: Eric Oberg, Franklin Jones, Joshua Rose, Henry Burghardt, Fred Colvin, Frank Stanley, Robert Smith, William Rogers, and Nehemiah Hawkins
Even individual companies published books on how the run there equipment. A great example is “A Treatise on Milling and Milling Machines”, by the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company. Aside from discussing the equipment by Cincinnati, it goes on to cover more advances aspects of milling machine fixtures and work holding, and details on how to machining gears.
The above names should give you plenty of search words and phases. Happy Hunting!