Tool and Cutter Grinding

Marcus Bowman
The cutting edges on engineering tools must lie at precise angles to ensure effective cutting, and sharpening must recreate the original geometry of each tool. This book provides an understanding of what is involved in sharpening typical lathe, milling, drilling and threading tools. With over 550 photographs and illustrations this new book covers sharpening techniques for the most commonly used engineering tools, screwdrivers and gravers, lathe, milling, reaming, drilling and threading cutters. It identifies the two principal types of workhead, and discusses the ways in which their geometry affects typical sharpening setups. It teaches how to use the three basic movements of swing, tilt and rotate to position a tool against a grinding wheel to ensure correct tool angles and sharp cutting edges. Contains useful tables for setting cutting and clearance angles and provides general advice on tool and cutter grinders, and includes examples of the use of workholders to suit a range of tools. Includes information on abrasive materials and the types and shapes of grinding wheel suitable for use on a tool and cutter grinder. Finally, it shows photos of accessories that can be made to simplify setups, including workheads, toolholders and fixtures used to hold circular saws, parting tools and dies, as well as an angle gauge to quickly set clearance angles on reamers and milling cutters.
Tool and Cutter Grinding by Marcus Bowman

About the author

Dr Marcus Bowman has been a lifelong maker of models, clocks, and workshop accessories, in a wide range of materials, and he enjoys using both hand and machine tools. This is his fifth Crowood Metalworking Guide.

Press Reviews

This is the most useful book that appears to have left nothing on the subject out. Its price will be little to pay for the extra life any model engineer will be able to confidently breathe into their tools after absorbing its contents - it comes highly recommended.

- Engineering in Miniature

Clearly written and copiously illustrated this latest in a successful series is a credit to the author and publisher. If you have no other book on model engineering then buy this seriously useful introduction to a complex subject.

- Roger Blackhouse

In summary, this is a very useful book for anyone looking to enter the world of model engineering. It is clearly written with copious illustrations to back up the instructions. A seriously useful introduction to a complex subject and at £16.99 represents good value for money. Highly recommended. Ideal introduction for anyone using engineering tools for the first time. Useful refresher for the experienced user. Very easy to follow step by step instructions.

- Roger Smith, RailAdvent