Recommended Machining Books All Machinists Should Own

Whether you’re new to the world of machining or a grizzled veteran, there is always room to learn something new. Here, then, is a small collection of books that all machinists should own.

By William Krueger · October 04, 2018

This post has been republished from NYC|CNC with the permission of John Saunders.


Whether you’re new to the world of machining or a grizzled veteran, there is always room to learn something new. Here, then, is a small collection books — as recommended by John Saunders of NYC|CNC — that all machinists should own.


Metalworking: Sink or Swim by Tom Lipton

This is one of John Saunders’ all time favorite books, packed full of easy-to-read, helpful tips and tricks on both manual and CNC equipment, how to organize your shop, creative work holding, fixturing, and more. Tom shares his wealth of knowledge across a variety of metalworking topics and includes great photographs to help explain the topics. Tom even throws in some good shop humor! His down-to-earth attitude and amount of unique information makes this book a must-own.


The Machinery’s Handbook by Erik Oberg

Often miscalled the Machinist’s Handbook, this book is the “Bible” for anyone in the CNC, machining or metalworking trades. Buy it.


Small Time Operator by Bernard B. Kamoroff

Although this is a business book – not a machinists book – John can’t emphasize how helpful it is to have a basic understanding and go-to resource for the topics it covers. If you want to start selling a product, or possibly move from being a hobbyists to a weekend entrepreneur, buy this book! It offers great explanations on how to form an LLC, how to approach business partnerships, how to handle accounting and more. Equally important, it addresses mistakes, pitfalls and other scenarios to avoid in business and life!

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