What Practical Machinists Read: Best-Selling Machining Books of 2019

December 6, 2019 11:20 am

If you are a frequent reader of Practical Machinist’s blog or follow us on social media, you know that we have a passion for machining books. That’s because reference guides and textbooks are one of the easiest and most effective ways to broaden your knowledge on a specific topic, second only to real world experience.

There’s certainly no lack of handbooks and guides focused on machining applications. No matter what problem you’re trying to solve or technique you’re trying to learn, you will almost certainly find a book about it.

Throughout this year, we provided several book recommendations covering pretty much every machining area from basic job shop math to high-speed machining. In this post, we wanted to provide you with a list of the best-selling machining books of 2019.

All the books in this list are a must-have, so we strongly encourage you to add them to your machine shop library, if you don’t have them already. Books are also a great gift for a fellow machinist (something to keep in mind during the holiday season).

Here are the 10 most popular books of 2019:


10. Deburring and Edge Finishing Handbook


Written by an industry expert, this handbook is the most comprehensive book on burr removal and the treatment of edges ever published. This groundbreaking work details 100 internationally recognized deburring and edge finishing processes you can employ.


9. Fanuc CNC Custom Macros


This book is a general introduction about macros (known as Custom Macros or User Macros). Its purpose is to familiarize you with what macros are, how to develop them, and how to use them effectively. It also explores related subjects and identifies other helpful topics in CNC programming.


8. Tool Design


This book presents fundamental methods, techniques, and practices for all areas of the design and manufacture of tools, gages, dies, and fixtures, stressing the use of standard parts.


7. Machining Fundamentals


This textbook provides an introduction to all the different machine operations, setups, and procedures. If you don’t have it already, this is definitely a book you will want to get.


6. Machining for Hobbyists: Getting Started


Don’t let the title fool you. The amount of information, illustrations, photographs, and tables contained in this handbook make it a great read for professional machinists too.


5. High-Speed Machining


One of the most comprehensive guides available about high-speed machining. This book was written to help machinists set up their equipment to reduce chatter and wear and learn how to use simulation tools to model high-speed machining processes.


4. Machinists and Draftsmen’s Handbook


As the full title explains, this handbook contains tables, rules, and formulas with numerous examples explaining the principles of mathematics and mechanics as applied to the mechanical trades.


3. CNC Programming Handbook


The de facto standard for training and reference material at all levels of CNC programming. Used in hundreds of educational institutions around the world as the primary text for CNC courses and used daily by many in-field CNC programmers and machine operators, this book literally defines CNC programming.


 2. Zeus Precision Data Charts and Reference Tables for the Drawing Office, Toolroom & Workshop


The 28 laminated pages of this portable booklet contain data on standard drill sizes and decimal equivalents, tapping drills and clearances for metric and imperial threads, BS4500 tolerances, hardness comparisons, and much more.

1. Machinery’s Handbook


A machinist’s bible. For more than 100 years, Machinery’s Handbook has been the most popular reference work in metalworking, design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, and technical schools and colleges throughout the world.


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