The Sears/Craftsman manuals are very good instruction on the operation of woodworking machines and power tools, but their is so much more to woodworking. "Ingenious Mechanisms" is a must for the bookshelves or digital files of inventors, designers, and machine builders, but it has nothing to do with metalworking methods. Possibly self serving (ha, ha), but I recommended reviewing the posts and downloads available on my blog, there is a wealth of information here for someone starting out.
In a reply I discovered that the greatest interest seemed to lie with machine mechanisms and design. I aim to please, so here is a write up on two sets of the best books on mechanisms out there.
"Ingenious Mechanisms For Designers And Inventors" is a classic in this field. It was first published in 1930, over the years multiple authors and volumes have been added. My set, pictured below, is a 4 volume set, published in 1967, and is the newest edition. They have always been printed by The Industrial Press Inc.
If you want to download this set here is the link to download from the Open Source Machine Tools site. I have not downloaded these so I can't vouch for quality. This link is for the first volume. Change the volume number in your address bar to download the rest.
Here is a typical page from this set.
The Russians, always competitive when it comes to the Americans, published there own classic on mechanisms. "Mechanisms In Modern Engineering Design" was published in 1970 by MIR Publishing, a Moscow publisher. It was translated into English in 1975. It would be difficult if I had to choose between the two. Ingenious Mechanisms has very complete write ups on the workings and development of the mechanisms illustrated. The Russian set has much less of a write-up on the mechanisms illustrated, but the shear number is overwhelming, close to 5000 entries.
What the heck, download both. Here is the link to the Internet Archive page, to download this set. Again I have not downloaded these (if I can get away with it, I prefer paper ha, ha) so I can't vouch for quality.
Most pages have two entries. Here is a page with a single entry.
Here is a little article I found the other day. miChelle the proprietor of this art studio got an order for a small cupola (looks like 10-12" bore). It was a rush order and they cut, shaped, welded-up and I assume lined the cupola in two days. Man this lady's got balls, and I aways thought I had balls (long time ago maybe LOL).