Books

Workshop Practice Series Books and other literature for the Model, Home & Experimental Engineer and Watch & Clock Maker.

We aim to keep all books in stock (if in print) for immediate delivery – nothing is to special order. Each of the books below has been carefully selected (from amongst the dozens available) to be the best for both assisting the beginner whilst offering the more experienced worker a useful source of reference and advice.

Model engineers have been making models of internal combustion engines since the invention of the real thing, but it has always been surrounded by a mystique,... Read more

Price: £20.00

Screwcutting is a guide to the theory and practice of threads and thread-making, whether that is threading a hole using hand tools or cutting a thread using a... Read more

Price: £18.50

The whole of the Machine Tool Archive at http://www.lathes.co.uk (together with the rest of the site as on-line at a... Read more

Price: £30.00

The essential lathe book that gives a complete breakdown of all the facts about parts and functions that a beginner needs to know. Carefully written articles... Read more

Price: £12.75

A companion to "The Amateur's Lathe" this very useful book covers basic and advanced use of the lathe and other machine tools as well as a multitude of other... Read more

Price: £12.75

Learn how to do more with less – and less expensive materials – a comprehensive exposition of the structure of steels and the effects of heat treatment on them,... Read more

Price: £9.75

Arnold Throp takes the beginner through the stages necessary to use a vertical miller successfully. A deceptively simple machine, which takes time to master,... Read more

Price: £9.75

A comprehensive account of how to use the lathe to generate screw threads - in all pitches, forms and types. With stage-by-stage instructions this is an ideal... Read more

Price: £9.75

A very popular book - proving that many people really do want to construct projects entirely from basic materials. An invaluable reference source with many... Read more

Price: £9.75

A thorough and practical discourse on how to use the lathe for milling. With a little ingenuity (supplied in the book), a vertical slide and some home-made... Read more

Price: £9.75

Model and experimental engineers do not have access to the sophisticated measuring equipment used in industry. An expert comprehensively describes accurate... Read more

Price: £9.75

This book sets out the basic techniques for oxyacetylene welding, brazing, flame cutting and electric-arc welding with mild steel, cast iron, stainless steel,... Read more

Price: £9.75

The Author, R.E.Wakeford, an instructor in metal work and allied crafts describes - with a good teacher's clarity - describes a host of processes which will be... Read more

Price: £9.75

Joining metal by soft and hard solder or brazing is a run-of-the-mill jobs in model and light engineering. Tubal Cain examines the processes, equipment,... Read more

Price: £9.75

Another excellent Ian Bradley book describing the often-neglected art of choosing, using and maintaining those taken-for-granted hand and machine saws we all own... Read more

Price: £9.75

Electroplating in the small workshop clearly explained. Using simple materials, basic equipment and straightforward techniques the author describes how a variety... Read more

Price: £9.75

Tubal Cain discusses drills and drilled holes and threading with taps and dies - primarily by hand. Gives sage advice about how to overcome the problems often... Read more

Price: £9.75

A new edition of Tubal Cain's comprehensive guide to making and reading workshop drawings. Easily-understood text, new illustrations and technical drawings all... Read more

Price: £9.75

Stan Bray, an acknowledge master of small tool design, describes 14 simple items that will save time and aid accuracy in bench and lathe work. None take more... Read more

Price: £9.75

"If I could hold it I could machine it!" is often the cry of both the frustrated beginner and more experienced turner - and in this book Tubal Cain... Read more

Price: £9.75

An easily-understood book concerning principles, characteristics, operation installation, speed control, braking, etc. Generators, safety, testing and a useful... Read more

Price: £9.75

Ivan Law sets out in a clear and understandable way explanations that describe all types of conventional gears - and how to make them in a small workshop.... Read more

Price: £9.75

Les Oldridge's guide offers what an apprentice would have learned from his mentor's. If you missed school metalwork this book will show you how to avoid broken... Read more

Price: £9.75

Another book by Tubal Cain: this explains not only how to manufacture small springs - and how to choose the materials to manufacture them from - but also how to... Read more

Price: £9.75

An Ian Bradley Guide to a miscellany of useful hints, tips and solid advice about using tools and techniques to best advantage. Those "taken-for-granted"... Read more

Price: £9.75

A comprehensive 144 page book by David Lomas which looks at traditional and modern adhesives and explains their advantages and shortcomings under a variety of... Read more

Price: £9.75

Deals comprehensively with electricity in the home workshop and garage. Covers the complete range - from wiring just a plug to a complete workshop. Covers,... Read more

Price: £9.75

Starts with a look at planning regulations (England) then covers the entire subject in detail – costing, situation, layout, design, floor, walls, roof, materials... Read more

Price: £9.75

Detailed advice on how to identify and make use of discarded and surplus motors from domestic and industrial sources and how to operate 3-phase motors from a 1-... Read more

Price: £9.75

Create a model from “the ground up” - the most popular book in the series covers everything from the basic principles of pattern-making, moulding boxes, cores... Read more

Price: £9.75

A collection of useful extracts culled from the English "Model Engineer Magazine" - including hints and tips originally mentioned in brief notes and short... Read more

Price: £9.75

A comprehensive 160 page book which describes the design, construction and use of many different spindles that will be of use to the model and experimental... Read more

Price: £9.75

Written by "Tubal Cain" - who enjoyed more than 60 years involvement with model and full-size engines - this books shows how to make a range of devices proven to... Read more

Price: £9.75

Computer Assisted Design - D. A. G. Brown, takes the reader one step at a time through the mystique surrounding CAD and shows how the computer can be turned into... Read more

Price: £9.75

A book that helps identify and utilise ferrous and non-ferrous metals and plastics suitable for home workshop use. Covers abrasives, adhesives, bearing materials... Read more

Price: £9.75

Harold Hall, well-known contributor to and Editor of “Model Engineers’ Workshop” has written a interesting book which, once worked through, will equip the... Read more

Price: £9.75

Bob Loader has written a well-illustrated and clearly explained book that will assist the owner of a Unimat 3 to get the very best from his lathe by making a... Read more

Price: £9.75

Expert Stan Bray introduces the fascinating world of horology. Terminology and details of different clock constructions are explained including layout of wheels... Read more

Price: £9.75

Another Harold Hall very useful book that offers a complete self-tuition course by means of four simple and four more complex projects. No prior knowledge is... Read more

Price: £9.75

Brian King, an award-winning marine modeller, has distilled his considerable experience of this art into a complete guide for the novice. The book covers all the... Read more

Price: £9.75

Radial work on a machine tool – cutting gears, drilling rings of holes, etc. – calls for special equipment & knowledge. Harold Hall explains the principles... Read more

Price: £9.75

A long-awaited book that demystifies the “black art” of sharpening lathe tools, end-mills, slot drills, side and face cutters and drills, etc. The reader is... Read more

Price: £9.75

A collection of 18 unique projects that enables the model engineer to create useful items some of which cannot be bought. Includes: auxiliary workbench, tap... Read more

Price: £9.75

Every working model includes bearings – this book describes the many types – plain, ball, roller, linear, oscillating, coned pivot, jewelled, plastic, ceramic,... Read more

Price: £9.75

An overview of the grinding, lapping, honing and polishing of metal, as well as the materials used to make grinding wheels, belts and papers. The uses of... Read more

Price: £9.75

Contains a comprehensive range of mathematical data required in the workshop, and by those designing a wide range of engineered items. It provides in a single... Read more

Price: £9.75

A complete course on using and improving the mini-lathe – the best-selling item of machinery in the current hobby engineering market. It explains everything from... Read more

Price: £9.75

The metalworker’s Workshop By Harold Hall, a former editor of Model Engineer's Workshop. A complete guide to the building or converting of a workshop intended... Read more

Price: £9.75

This book deals with all aspects of lathe use: selection, installation & operation. Included are examples of older more traditional machines as well as newer... Read more

Price: £9.75

A guide by Alex Weiss PhD on choosing machines tools for the home workshop: lathes, a milling machines or combination lathes/miller manually operated or CNC.... Read more

Price: £9.75

A practical guide to running three-phase equipment on single-phase electricity supplies. The book provides exact calculations, step-by-step instructions with... Read more

Price: £9.75
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Price: £9.75

Completely revised and updated edition covering wood-turning lathes.

Price: £19.99

How to get the best from a Unimat 3, Toyo, Cowells, Flexispeed, Peatol or similar small lathe.
The author brings his experience to bear in helping the... Read more

Price: £11.65

This handy reference is intended to help woodworkers get the most for their money - by getting the most from their equipment. Discover the techniques and tips... Read more

Price: £9.99

The long-awaited reprint of the definitive Myford book covering the ML7, ML7-R and Super 7 lathes. Includes detailed operating and maintenance instructions,... Read more

Price: £12.75

Harold Hall’s carefully paced book leads beginners through 12 well-chosen projects designed to build a repertoire of skills and knowledge. Once practised these... Read more

Price: £10.85

A Beginner's Guide to Woodturning from Start to Finish. A woodturning book for true beginners. Learn about choosing lathes, the right tools, wood-shop set-up and... Read more

Price: £13.48

The art of ornamental turning has a long and distinguished history and has recently experienced a renaissance.
In this book, TD Walshaw has drawn on many... Read more

Price: £17.99

Internationally recognised as the definitive introduction to woodturning, this expanded and fully updated edition contains seven new projects, an entirely new... Read more

Price: £19.99

Now in its sixth edition, this book is the definitive work on the small precision lathe, past and present.

The chapter 'Lathes of the World' is a source... Read more

Price: £20.00

Not a "how-to-do-it" book but an invaluable collection of data, procedures, tables and facts accumulated by Tubal Cain over a lifetime's experience of building... Read more

Price: £12.75

A 408-page book essential reference for the beginner. It covers, in a carefully-explained, and clearly-illustrated format, all basic techniques: reading drawings... Read more

Price: £23.00

An excellent primer on a subject that helps with the construction of either a relatively simple or highly complex model. Although some familiarity with machine-... Read more

Price: £9.75

How to construct a simple oscillating steam engine. The four projects described are an ideal introduction to the delights of machining and building your first... Read more

Price: £9.75

More interesting details (carefully written for the beginner) showing how to construct easy-to-build but effective little engines. Included are a delightful... Read more

Price: £9.75