David J. Gingery

David J. Gingery was an inventor, writer, and machinist, best known for his series of books on how to build machine tools. Gingery is most famous for his Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap series, which details how to build a reasonably complete machine shop at low cost, often from scrap metal and other items. The hobbyist starts by constructing a small foundry capable of melting silicon-aluminum and zinc alloys from recycled automotive parts. Then green sand castings are used to make a metal lathe. The lathe is the first machine built since it can be used to help build itself. The lathe and foundry are then used to make more complicated machine tools. The books in the series are, in the suggested sequence of construction: The Charcoal Foundry The Metal Lathe The Metal Shaper The Milling Machine The Drill Press The Dividing Head & Deluxe Accessories Designing & Building The Sheet Metal Brake There is another book by Gingery, not usually counted as part of the series, entitled Building a Gas Fired Crucible Furnace, which can be substituted for that describing the charcoal foundry. 

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