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  • read any good books lately?

    Anybody got suggestions for good reading pertaining to advanced fabrication subjects? Particularly, tube and or sheet metal fab. Also, automotive or aircraft fabrication or engineering info.

  • #2
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=UTF8&v=glance

    Haven't seen it yet, but reviews look good, might be a bit basic for your needs.

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    • #3
      I have the "metal fabricators handbook". It has a lot of stuff in it, mostly about metalworking and not so much welding. I think the other one called " Modern day welding" is a great book I have only flipped through- it has a ton of info in it though. I also have "Metals and how to weld them" in my collection, I'm only about 30 pages in to it but it is a good read also. I check the internet and find articles about aluminum, chromoly and whatever else I am interested in also- there are a lot of good ones out there- but beware those articles that aren't technically sound! A good place I have found is this site, and www.keytosteel.com. Free to join and they have TONS of articles. I found all mine on ebay, also.

      Nick.
      Nick Bezates
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      • #4
        I learned a lot from readng through the books by Richard Finch: "Performance Welding" and "Welder's Handbook: A Complete Guide to Mig, Tig, Arc & Oxyacetylene Welding" The second book is a good reference, but is very basic.

        Also I have a pamphlet by Kent Caveny called "Getting an A in Aluminum: Welding Aluminum Sheet With Gas and TIG"

        Apart from welding, there is a whole series of good books about race car engineering/fabrication/driving by Carroll Smith:
        "Engineer to Win: The Essential Guide to Racing Car Materials Technology or How to Build Winners Which Don't Break"
        "Carroll Smith's Nuts, Bolts and Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook"

        The funny thing is, if you do a lot of research you start to run into "experts" who don't agree with eachother. In that case its up to you to try things out for yourself, or post them up on this forum to get a hot discussion going.

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        • #5
          Eric is correct a large disparity in opinions are available and many opposing teams may approach a situation differently, build it differently and still function and win equally. There is an old book by Petersons about hot rodding the name escapes me but it gives some geometry teaching for making a turn in better and turn out better and how alignment make or break a car. In all it is a source book.
          My favorite book in welding is Welding principals and applications by Jeffus. BTW Hawk has the exact same book only an earlier edition, the bad news is this book goes for near a hundred bucks.

          Peace,

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          • #6
            Thanks for the info, people. The link to Amazon that Teeps left led to lots of tasty titles. I managed to score a copy of Welding Principles and Applications 4th ed. on E-bay for $15.00. The seller had a few more copies left and some other welding texts for sale. Lots of good deals on E-bay and at Barnes and Noble used and out of print

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            • #7
              You will get alot of use out of this book, 4th edition is the same as mine.
              Peace,

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              • #8
                Originally posted by stinkinlincoln
                Thanks for the info, people. The link to Amazon that Teeps left led to lots of tasty titles. I managed to score a copy of Welding Principles and Applications 4th ed. on E-bay for $15.00. The seller had a few more copies left and some other welding texts for sale. Lots of good deals on E-bay and at Barnes and Noble used and out of print
                Cheapest I've found is $70.00, do you have a link to one of the sellers auctions, so I can contact him?

                Let me know,

                Thanks

                [email protected]

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                • #9
                  When it comes to racing... "Speed Secrets" by Bentley. He looks at racing from a different perspective. Although no metalworking discussed.
                  Chris
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                  • #10
                    Check out "Advanced" and "Ultimate" "Sheet Metal Fabrication" by Remus.
                    Interesting stuff on power hammers, wheeling, buck forming, and some
                    welding. I particularly liked chapter 4 in "Advanced". It's a step by step
                    of Rob Roehl making a Donnie Smith gas tank. But then I'm only a newbie
                    sheet metal guy...

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                    • #11
                      Well, hopefully I got the hyperlink thing to work. I see that the guy doesn't have any copies of Welding Principles and Applications for sale right now. However, he does have some other welding books listed. I bet he will relist, I know some of the copies didn't sell. Sounds like he used to be a welding teacher (lots of old texts). If my link doesn't work, search E-bay.com books category for welding. The seller's user id on E-bay is "coalhunky". If the link does work it wil take you to a page with all of his items for sale and you could e-mail him about a relist. Please keep the good book recommendations coming. I don't have cable tv or the Dynasty200 (yet) so I read almost nonstop in the evening. Judging by the length of this post, I must be getting pretty good at typing too. Hope I helped, thanks all.
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