Many of the kinks shown in this
book are from your own pen or from the pens of men you have
known and worked with. They are the solutions of problems
similar to those that you and I and all other mechanical men
bump into. Few of us have access to a file of the American
Machinist, but even when such a file is within reach it is often
difficult to find what is wanted. The object of this
kink-book is to preserve in permanent and accessible form
selected articles covering work performed on various machine
A book like this is of twofold
First — It shows exactly how a
certain specific job was successfully accomplished.
Unfortunately it is seldom that the other man's device or method
can be used by others exactly as it was used by him.
Either the work itself is somewhat different or the shop
equipment is not the same. Only where all the conditions are
similar can we use the other man's device in its entirety for
Second — To a far greater degree is
such a book valuable because of what it suggests. This
function of suggestion is limited only by the ability and
resourcefulness of those who find their suggestions here.
A kink here elaborated in connection with a milling machine may
with slight alterations be applicable to the lathe, drill press
The field of machine-shop work is
so wide that no book can cover it, but the experiences gathered
in this compilation can be of great assistance to the ingenious
mechanic in suggesting a way out of his troubles.