As part of my experiments with telescope making, I've been exposed through the efforts of some of my friends to the world of metalworking. i did some minimal metalwork (fabrication of some aluminum bearings and C channel using Paul Zurakowski's lathe and mill) for my "Australia scope", and that gave me the bug to learn more about metalworking. A bit of research ensued, where I found Lindsay's Books, a small publisher that specializes in publishing books of interest to metal workers and other technical pursuits. One of their best selling series is
the collection Build Your Own Metalworking Shop from Scratch by Dave Gingery.