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Popular Books for the Home and Experimental Engineer
All the books are in stock (if in print)for immediate delivery Each book is designed to both assist the beginner in getting to grips with the subject
whilst offering the more experienced worker a useful source of reference and advice.
ALL BOOKS ARE THE SAME PRICE and include post and packing:  UK £8.75   Europe £9.75  USA & rest of World US$20   
How to Order
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then: 44 1298 872874) with your Credit Card details
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Tony Griffiths
Wardlow,  BUXTON,   Derbyshire,  SK17 8RP  United Kingdom
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Please make cheques payable to "Griffiths Engineering"

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A comprehensive survey of the use of the lathe for all forms of screwcutting - in all thread forms and types. With stage-by-stage instructions, this is an ideal book for the beginner - and a comprehensive reference for the more experienced. 176 pages.


Detailed advice is given on how to identify and make good use of discarded and surplus motors from domestic and industrial sources - and also how to operate 3-phase motors from a 1-phase supply.  Lots of money-saving advice.

144 pages.


Principles, characteristics, operation installation, speed control, braking, etc. Generators, safety, testing and a useful section on identifying and using 'scrap' motors. An excellent primer on the electric motor. 136 pages.


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 home-made attachments a surprising amount can be accomplished at low cost. 128 pages.


Takes the beginner through the stages necessary to use a vertical miller successfully. A deceptively simple machine, which takes time to master, known pitfalls are explained - and dozens of useful tips offered.
96 pages.

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No. 4 Foundrywork for the Amateur:
A very popular book - proving that many people really do want to construct their models entirely by themselves from basic materials.
This new edition brings everything up to date.
112 pages.


The most popular book in the series covers everything from the basic principles of pattern-making, moulding boxes, cores & core boxes, metal, gas, electric & coke furnaces to step-by-step procedures with examples - locomotive cylinders and wheels - included. 104 pages


No. 9 Soldering and Brazing:
Joining metal by one form or another of soft and hard solder, or brazing with various alloys, are run-of-the-mill jobs in model and light engineering. Tubal Cain examines the processes, equipment, materials and explains what is happening in the joints as they are made. 136 pages


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 encountered in this type of work.Covers all thread types with conversions and thread gauges, sharpening, etc. 104 pages


No. 15 Workholding in the Lathe:
"If I could hold it I could machine it!" is often the cry of the frustrated engineer - and in this book Tubal Cain offers his advice about practical aspects of the subject. Includes many photographs showing typical set ups. 112 pages


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No. 1 Hardening, Tempering & Heat Treatment:
A comprehensive exposition of the structure of steels and the effects of different heat treatments, particularly in respect of cutting tools.

Accurate temperature colour charts are included.


No. 6 Measuring & Marking Metals:
Model and experimental engineers do not have access to the sophisticated measuring equipment used in industry. Accurate marking out and measuring by simple means are comprehensively described by an expert.


No. 7 The Art of Welding:
This book sets out the basic techniques for oxyacetylene welding, brazing, flame cutting and electric-arc welding with mild steel, cast iron, stainless steel, copper, brass etc., in sheet, plate or cast form.


No. 8 Sheet metal Work: The Author, R.E.Wakeford, is an instructor in metal work and allied crafts and describes - with a good teacher's clarity - a host of processes which will be of use to the model and experimental engineer struggling with the black art of metal folding.


No. 10 Saws & Sawing: 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.
Includes useful tables covering a range of applications.

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No. 11 Electroplating: Electroplating in the small workshop clearly explained. Using simple materials and straightforward techniques the author describes how a variety of finishes may be applied to metal to enhance its durability and appearance.


No. 14 Making Small Workshop Tools:
Stan Bray is an acknowledge master of small tool design. Here he describes 14 simple items which will save time and aid accuracy in bench and lathe work. Non take more than 4 hours, or any use special materials. Drawings, photographs and sketches included.


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. Enormously helpful to the novice and a valuable reference work for the experienced.


Les Oldridge's guide offers what an engineering apprentice would have learned at his mentor's side. If you missed metalwork at school, this book will show you how to avoid broken tools and spoiled work - and how to enjoy the pleasures of handling metal correctly.


No. 19 Spring Design & Manufacture:
Another book by Tubal Cain: this explains not only how to manufacture small springs - and how to choose the materials to make them from - but also how to make the necessary calculations which are essential to success.

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No. 20 Metalworking and Machining Hints & Tips:
An Ian Bradley Guide to a miscellany of useful hints, tips and solid advice about manipulating tools and techniques to best advantage. Those "taken-for-granted" engineering expressions are clearly explained for the beginner. An excellent workshop primer.


No. 21 Adhesives & Sealants:
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 situations likely to be of direct interest to the model and experimental engineer.

Never be stuck for an answer again.


No. 22 Workshop Electrics:
Deals comprehensively with electricity in the home workshop and garage. Covers the complete range from wiring just a plug - to a complete workshop. Covers, fusing, lighting, cabling, switches, loads and safety-related items. Many taken-for-granted items properly and safely explained.


No. 23 Workshop Construction:
Starts with planning regulations (England) and covers the entire subject in detail - layout, design, floor, walls, roof, materials, tools, costings, power supply, drainage, lighting, heating, insulation, fitting out, security, cost savings, insurance and maintenance.


No. 26 Home Workshop Hints and Tips:
A collection of useful extracts culled from the English "Model Engineer Magazine" - including hints and tips originally mentioned in brief notes and short articles from many years ago - and never republished until now. An interesting book for anyone who enjoys working with metal

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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 engineer. Spindles, bearings and materials adaptable for use in a variety of machine tools are covered.


No. 28 Simple Workshop Devices:
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 ancillary devices proven to be of great assistance in improving accuracy and simplifying common tasks in the engineering workshop.


No. 29 CAD for Model Engineers:
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 a versatile drawing tool. Claim back your computer from the kids - and give it a go.


No. 30 Workshop materials:
 book that helps identify and utilise ferrous and non-ferrous metals and plastics suitable for home workshop use. Covers abrasives, adhesives, bearing materials,electroplating solutions, fuels, gases, lubricants, pickles, polishing materials, sealants and solders.


Expert Stan Bray introduces the fascinating world of horology. Terminology and details of different clock constructions are explained including layout of wheels, and escarpments. Manufacturing techniques, materials and tools are clearly described.

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No. 32 UNIMAT 3 LATHE ACCESSORIES: Written by Bob Loader, an author with 50 years of experience as an engineering craftsman, and an acknowledged expert in getting the best of out the Unimat range of small lathes, this book is an invaluable companion to these small but oh-so-useful machines.


No.13 Workshop Drawing by Tubal Cain.
The long-awaited new edition of Tubal Cain's comprehensive guide to making and reading technical workshop drawings. Features Tubal Cain's classic, easily-understood  text with completely new illustrations and technical drawings all of which were specially created for the purpose.


How to construct a simple oscillating steam engine. These four projects are an ideal introduction to the delights of machining and constructing your first working live-steam model. The procedures and methods used involve the beginner in a range of skill-acquiring activities that will benefit him, or her, when tackling more ambitious projects.


More interesting details (carefully written for the beginner) showing how to construct easy-to-build but effective little engines. Included, amongst others, are a delightful little turbine - simple in design but fascinating to build - and a larger engine in the style of the magnificent "Steam Engines of the Highest Class" offered by toymakers before 1914.


An excellent primer on a subject that can be enjoyed with either a relatively simple or highly complex model. Although some familiarity with machine-tool proceedures is assumed even the novice lathe owner will be able to follow the procedures. Many clear illustrations and clear directions.

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The Model Engineers Handbook: Not a "hot-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 models. This 3rd edition has an extra 60 pages and, in resetting the book, the opportunity has been taken to bring data up to date and  improve the clarity of the layout.
UK £12.75, Europe £13.75 including post. USA & rest of world US£32 sent air mail.


Machine Tool Archive
by Tony Griffiths
A 2 CD set of the world's largest collection of lathe (and other machine-tool) illustrations, descriptions and specifications. A unique reference it has proved to be of immense value to both amateur & professional engineers. 310+ different brands, 6000+ pictures and 1700+ pages.
Files are HTML and work in both PCs and Macs.
UK £18, Europe £19 including post. USA & rest of world: US$32 sent air mail


The Working Shop
A completely practical guide of how to set, or calculate with formulae, the right speed for turning, milling, drilling, tapping and knurling across a wide range of materials. The book is a compilation of 35 years practical experience on the shop floor and includes many practical and proven machining tips. Bound in sealed pages so that it will survive heavy use in the workshop.
UK £9, Europe £10.
USA & rest of world US$18 sent air mail.

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