Machinery's Handbook is the ultimate reference tool for makers and hardware hackers. In just the past few weeks, I've used it to help an acquaintance figure out how much water pressure and flow he can get from his pond, look up a nice patina mix for copper artwork, calculate what thickness of steel I need to build a long-span desk, and figure out how many tons of sand my god-children require in their sandbox. From A (ABEC bearings) to Z (zinc based die-casting alloys), the 70 page index alone will keep a hands-on person dreaming up new projects for a good long while. Its so much a part of hands-on culture that most machinist's toolboxes are manufactured with a special drawer that fits just one thing: this book.
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