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Check out the machining curriculum at Central Piedmont CC. I got my start after retirement by taking courses at my local school. Talk to the instructor directly for recommendations.
Thank you kvom. I have pondered taking that action but have not for a number of reasons. I will reconsider.
 

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In my opinion, one of the best freeby books in pdf form is still Robert H Smith's Advanced Machine Tool Work written in 1915.

I somewhat foolishly gave my bound copy away but Smith gives a graded series of progressive lessons which will stand the reader in good stead for most of the procedures to be encountered in the home workshop.
Whilst some of it has been superseded with arrival of 'improved' tools and electricity, it is unquestionably an admirable piece of work running into some 600 pages!

As I said, I now regret parting with my copy. The only more modern competitor is George Thomas- the Guru to many gurus. Again, my choice of reading and practice.
Of course, no workshop is complete without a copy of Machinery Handbook.
Mine is 1942 but none the worse for the passage of time.
 

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In my opinion, one of the best freeby books in pdf form is still Robert H Smith's Advanced Machine Tool Work written in 1915.

I somewhat foolishly gave my bound copy away but Smith gives a graded series of progressive lessons which will stand the reader in good stead for most of the procedures to be encountered in the home workshop.
Whilst some of it has been superseded with arrival of 'improved' tools and electricity, it is unquestionably an admirable piece of work running into some 600 pages!

As I said, I now regret parting with my copy. The only more modern competitor is George Thomas- the Guru to many gurus. Again, my choice of reading and practice.
Of course, no workshop is complete without a copy of Machinery Handbook.
Mine is 1942 but none the worse for the passage of time.
Thanks Goldstar31. Compared to yours, my Machinery Handbook is a pup with a printing date of 1950. I will look for the Robert Smith book on the 'net'.
 

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In my opinion, one of the best freeby books in pdf form is still Robert H Smith's Advanced Machine Tool Work written in 1915.

I somewhat foolishly gave my bound copy away but Smith gives a graded series of progressive lessons which will stand the reader in good stead for most of the procedures to be encountered in the home workshop.
Whilst some of it has been superseded with arrival of 'improved' tools and electricity, it is unquestionably an admirable piece of work running into some 600 pages!

As I said, I now regret parting with my copy. The only more modern competitor is George Thomas- the Guru to many gurus. Again, my choice of reading and practice.
Of course, no workshop is complete without a copy of Machinery Handbook.
Mine is 1942 but none the worse for the passage of time.
Google shows hard bound copies of Smith's book for sale on Amazon and EBay. Prices begin at around $35 including shipping.
 
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Check out the machining curriculum at Central Piedmont CC. I got my start after retirement by taking courses at my local school. Talk to the instructor directly for recommendations.
I tried high school evening curriculum for that but our high schools abandoned metalworking long ago and our colleges are too expensive for evening classes.
 

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Google shows hard bound copies of Smith's book for sale on Amazon and EBay. Prices begin at around $35 including shipping.
Ah yes but???? This book is is also a free pdf. Having said that, actually printing it all out is best on someone else's printer.

You pays your money or someone else's and you enjoy the choice!

Whimsically

Norm
 

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Hi DCP
I live in Mooresville, NC - not too far down the road. I have a garage machine shop. I am not an an expert machinist - but glad to help you out if can,
Jim
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Hi DCP
I live in Mooresville, NC - not too far down the road. I have a garage machine shop. I am not an an expert machinist - but glad to help you out if can,
Jim
rata221@windstream.net
Thanks for the offer rata221. I'd appreciate any time you can spare.
I have questions about questions I don't even know I have!
Let me know of a time that's convenient for a visit.
David
 

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I don't know if they offer adult continuation or introductory course here or if this is only a full diploma course, but Machine Tech I is right for you.
http://www.cccc.edu/curriculum/guides/C50210.pdf
Thanks Longboy.
That looks like a suitable curriculum. However, it's more than 100 miles from my address.
A local community college, Central Piedmont, has a similar curriculum. I've considered it but haven't investigated it for a number of reasons. Primary reason being that I do not want to take the place of someone who requires the education for their employment. Other reasons also.
 

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Thanks for the offer rata221. I'd appreciate any time you can spare.
I have questions about questions I don't even know I have!
Let me know of a time that's convenient for a visit.
David
DCP
Shoot me an email Rata221@windstream.net - we can exchange contact info. I am retired also - so free most days.
Take care
Jim
 
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I live in Hendersonville, NC. Probably a 2 hour drive for you. I am 75, was in the business, and now have a hobby machine shop on the lower level of my house. I have built two of Jerry Howell’s engines and am currently working on his farmboy. I am willing to show you my shop what I do, some of the measuring equipment,cutting tools, machine accessories and maybe answer questions you might have. I also have a fair amount of raw materials left over from different projects.
I live in Concord and would like to meet some model engine builders in the area. Currently I am working on a Gnome 9A. Dave Slaybaugh. 701-212-7518. Letsflyj3@gmail.com
 

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