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[Breaking News] More Useful Calculators for CNC’ers and Machinists!

May 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
training to improve

Our mission?  Helping everyone to be Better CNC’ers.
Honestly, we’ve been on a mission for a long time to help anyone who wants to be a Better CNC’er.  Whether you’re a Beginner trying to get your arms around the basics, or a seasoned Pro who never stops improving your game, we’ve got the goods.
Part…

Handy Tool: Expanding Mandrels for Turning

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments

We have a great page that summarizes workholding solutions for turning and lathes.   One of the best things about it is a nifty table right at the top that lets you compare and contrast the different workholding solutions from various perspectives.  The page goes into some depth on each solution and has great information on:…

15 – Tools for Manual Work that CNC’ers Won’t Need

Mar 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  9 Comments
Rotary Table

When I bought my first machine tools, they were a manual lathe and then a manual mill. Took me a while to save up enough cash, and then I came to realize that the old saying that the tooling will cost as much as the machines was also true.
Then, along came CNC, not very…

Mommas Don’t Let Your Studs Jack Up Your T-Bolts!

Mar 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  10 Comments
Broken T-Slot

With appologies to Waylon Jennings and his iconic, “Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys,” I present this bad day in the shop:

Fixing a broken T-Slot is darned near impossible…
Fixing a broken T-Slot is darned near impossible.  Your best bet is to use it as an excuse to buy a…

Stop! Don’t Take That Part Off the Machine Yet!

Aug 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
work stop for a kurt vise

Your g-code program has ended and all looks well with the part.  What’s your next move?
For most, the next move is to pull the part out of the machine and chuck up another blank to start machining the next part.  But, depending on how well debugged your manufacturing process is, and it isn’t very…

7 Sweet Tricks and Setups for a Steam Engine Project

Aug 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  No Comments
Stacked Part Fixturing

I get asked all the time by beginners, “How can I learn about fixturing?  How can I pick up all the neat tricks experienced machinists know?”
My answer is that encourage them to always be on the lookout–scrutinize every photo when they see a thread on a forum about some project to see what tricks…

Rough Cutting: The Limiting Factor in Your Shop?

Aug 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual  //  6 Comments

If you ask most home shop and DIY machinists what the limiting factor is in their shop, I suspect they’d respond that they need a bigger mill or lathe, or they need their first mill or lathe, or they need more room, or something along those lines.  Years ago, when I was starting out as…

Bolt Circle Calculator (Free)

Jul 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Yeah, I know, that “Free” on the end of that title looks a little cheezy, LOL.  What can I say, just trying to get the word out about an important new feature in our G-Wizard Calculator.  Believe it or not, it isn’t the Bolt Circle Calculator that’s important, although it’s cool.  It’s that we’re going…

Slitting Saw Feeds and Speeds Plus 20 Slitting Saw Tips

Jun 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
slitting saw arbors for ER collet chucks

Arbors for small slitting saws plug directly into ER Collet chucks.  Check our slitting saw page for more information…
I just seriously beefed up our Slitting Saw Feeds and Speeds page with a lot more information.  I added information about Slitting Saw Arbors, more pictures, and a huge number of additional slitting saw tips and…

Can’t Afford a CMM? Just Use a Mill With Accurate DRO

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  7 Comments

A CMM is a device used to take accurate measurements from physical objects–typically parts in your machine shop.  The letters “CMM” stand for “Coordinate Measuring Machine.”  They’re extremely useful to have around, so much so that many shops experience productivity boosts when they locate a CMM right on the shop floor where it can be…

15 Reasons Cutters Get Broken on Small Machines

Sep 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Techniques  //  5 Comments

Nobody likes breaking cutters, but beginners seem to dread it the most.  That little “tink”, the broken cutter tip flies across the room, and suddenly you’re unhappy.  I’ve helped out a lot of beginners here at CNCCookbook, and in particular, I’ve helped diagnose a lot of recurring problems.  A certain amount of it just goes…

8 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best Screwdriver

Aug 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products  //  34 Comments

As machinist’s, we use screwdrivers a lot, right?  Many of us are also major tool junkies.  So, when we get tired of the usual Craftsman or SnapOn options, where do we go for a better screwdriver?
I thought it was worth some research and came up with 9 brands.  What makes a better screwdriver?  Lots…

Great Grinding Videos from Suburban Tool

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Have you spent much time on a surface grinder?  Do you ever need to hold a couple of tenths or less on a part?  Would you like to make super-precision tooling?
This kind of work is a little off the beaten path for many machinists.  It’s the realm of Tool Making and Toolmakers, and it’s…

Conversational Chamfer Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Manual, Software  //  3 Comments

Our focus with G-Wizard Editor has lately been on finishing all the Conversational CNC Wizards.
First, what is Conversational CNC and why would you use it?
The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software.…

Conversational CNC Parting Wizard Available in Latest G-Wizard Editor

May 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Another week has passed so it’s time to roll out another Conversational CNC Wizard for G-Wizard Editor.
This week we’ve added a Parting Wizard.  Parting is something many lathe programs have to do to cut the part off the piece of bar stock it started with.  It’s a very simple operation, but we’ve added some…

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