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    G'Day Fella's,

    I've been working as a Mechanical Fitter-Machinist, Welder etc for all of my working life.
    These days, if I have the time to spare, I won't purchase a commercially made tool etc that I know I can make myself!
    Brownells must hate my guts, as I just look at the item they are selling (along with all of the dimensions they provide), then go and make my own!!!

    Here are some examples (Before, During and After), of some of the tools I have machined up.

    A Barrel Vice.

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    I only wish I had an image of the RUSTY old piece of 40mm steel plate, that I made this from, as a Before & After kinda thing...

    Ooops, looks like some of these images are out of order!

    Doh!
    Homer
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    G'Day Again,

    Here is an Action Wrench, with interchangeable Action Inserts (for different Action types), that I made up.

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    The inserts being machined up, are for the Rem 700 but I have since made them for a Mauser 98 Large and Small Ring, Brno 600 Series, and Sako 461 action as well!

    Doh!
    Homer
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    • glock40sw
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      nice.
      it is very handy to have a lathe, Mill and a few welders around the shed.
      Just picked up a plasma cutter and a TIG. Now to learn to use them

  • #3
    I was just going through some old photos and found these below. Completely firearm unrelated but it's a cylinder honing machine I made for myself a while back ( had an engine shop for a long time). I even borrowed a press brake to fold up the cabinet myself, all from 3mm sheet. It was a lot of cutting, welding and machining but was an excellent machine, I used it for 10 years or so and the bloke I sold it to is still using it.







    Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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    • jasmay
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      As a fitter myself, I wish I had half your skill... Genius!!

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      [quote="Gregt" post=33553]I was just going through some old photos and found these below. Completely firearm unrelated but it's a cylinder honing machine I made for myself a while back ( had an engine shop for a long time). I even borrowed a press brake to fold up the cabinet myself, all from 3mm sheet. It was a lot of cutting, welding and machining but was an excellent machine, I used it for 10 years or so and the bloke I sold it to is still using it.

      GregT, most impressive and well done, its an impressive piece of machinery!

      Remo, ditto with your bore guide!

      Doh!
      Homer

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    Hey mate, it was more a matter of necessity than anything else. Occasionally I have these savant moments when everything goes right and something I make turns out better than I planned, this was one of them. Powdercoat covers a lot of sins
    Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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      Love the Repco Borer in the back ground.
      Cats paw centering & air table.

      Used one for a few years as an Engine reco myself.

      & the Sunnen Hones...ahh yes!

      Mick.

  • #5
    Love all home made tools! I've only got a Sieg SC3 benchtop lathe but it still comes in very handy. Here's a custom bore guide with a fluid intake port I spun for my Sako L461.

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    • #6
      Very nice work Homer. Any photos of what it produces? I take it you're forming the baffles from those discs in the yellow tub?
      Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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        G'Day Fella's,

        Thanks GregT, nah there just "Panel Washers" for a different job........

        Here is an image of some of the end product!
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        Thats a production .223/5.56Nato "Can", and Proto-Type .308/7.62Nato and .338Lapua Magnum Cans!!!

        Doh!
        Homer

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      Here is an extra long contact point I've just turned up for my Centricator (wtf is that? old school device for centreing/indicating).
      Should allow me to indicate internally off lands of the rifleing (over a good span), when setting a muzzle or chamber to run true (this would be instead of dial indicating off a protruding range rod). A few of the top American smiths have been advocating the use of long reach "Interapid" DTI's for this purpose, but when I looked into acquiring one of these I simply couldn't justify that kind of expense atm. Then I remembered that I had this gadget and went about investigating how it could be adapted for the purpose.
      Spherical contact point is 3.00mm dia.
      I tapered it to be quite slender for access purposes inside of .300" mainly and I'd imagine it should have no problems even down as small as .220" (we shall see).
      and there's been no perceivable deflection under reasonable indicating operating/indicating load so all good in that regard.










      Repro L42a1 Project

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        That's posh Brian, makes my chinese coax indicator look like a real toy! Did you solder the ball on or turn it as part of the rod?
        Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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          G'Day Fella's,

          Like wise Brian, most impressive!
          The centre one would have been "Fun" to turn up!!!
          Slow and Very Steady I imagine!

          merry Christmas
          Homer

        • BrianLara400*
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          Originally posted by Gregt" post=43441
          Did you solder the ball on or turn it as part of the rod?
          Turned entirely as one piece, however gave myself every chance - started out life as a piece of 12mm SS round bar w/ the spherical point being the very first machining operation, (whilst there's still some rigidity to be had) then things got progressively slimmed down from there (between centres). My little Fp1 mill was actually used to turn the ball single point style. Colleted in the horizontal spindle and the boring/facing head mounted in the indexing head used as a radius turning attachment.


          Originally posted by Homer" post=43825
          The centre one would have been "Fun" to turn up!!!
          Slow and Very Steady I imagine!
          Yeah real, real fine hand feed and a nice keen piece of HSS with a high rake .


          When either of you two are playing around setting up barrels, is your preferred method to use range rods?

      • #9
        I'm no expert but do it very similar to your setup there. Initially with an indicator and dial it up front and rear to get it somewhere close, then a long finger indicator from the chamber side. The point where the rear of the chamber will be level with the front spider and use the front spider to adjust there, use the rear spider to adjust the very front of the bore that's sticking out. I've watched some video of doing it using a 4 jaw and a rear spider with a piece of heavy wire around the barrel in the chuck, it's simple but looks very effective. I've made a really short spider chuck that fits the D1-4 mounting so I can get something fairly short through the headstock. I'll snap some photos when I get a chance.

        I'm probably lucky I spent over 20 years grinding crankshafts, it's a similar process, adjusting one end puts the other end out so you need to work back and forward until you get it right and you're always working in tenths so it just becomes second nature.
        Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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        • BrianLara400*
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          Originally posted by Gregt" post=43937
          I've made a really short spider chuck that fits the D1-4 mounting so I can get something fairly short through the headstock.
          I've recently picked up a spare D1-8 backing plate, with the view this will be made into a dedicated spider chuck/ truing fixture (which will probably be my next contribution to this thread).
          Have seen instances where the spider chuck/ cats head is inturn gripped in the 4-jaw chuck, however your dead right about it quickly adding length through the headstock and robbing you of so much versatility.

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        Man do you fella's have some skills, I love looking at this thread - well done all.
        Whacking Varmints is my passion!

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          The length of the headstock can be a killer depending on the length of the tube. I made the really short one below which saves quite a few inches, I just machined the rear of it to take the D1-4 pins and machined the taper on the inside. It was a bit of fiddling but it's about as short as is possible. The screws are 7/16 UNF with a 1/4" hole drilled and reamed in the front and a brass insert pressed in so they don't mess up the barrel.

          The middle length one will do an action or a really short barrel that won't fit through the spindle and the long one I made to true up a Win 70 action, it mounts up in the 4 jaw.

          I've got another spider using the same screws mounted on the rear of the spindle as well.













          Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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          • #12
            I envy those with the skills and equipment to run mills and lathes. Only so much you can do with mig, arch and oxy

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            • El-Skippo
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              I love machine porn.

              This is a good thread guys. I wonder if Mac will pop in here at some stage

          • #13
            Here's a few snaps of part of a machine I've been making this week. It's completely firearm unrelated (unless you have a bad ankle) but it looks cool.







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              G'Day Fella's,

              GregT, most impressive and well done!
              If you don't mind me asking Greg, who do you work for?
              If your happy to, PM me and I'll give you my email address for a chat.

              Merry Christmas
              Homer

          • #14
            Some very impressive machining in this thread boys, good stuff.

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            • #15
              For the last few months I had an old, worn out, 10 inch supercharger pulley sitting under my bench at work, didn't want to throw it away, but wasn't sure what to do with it.

              So, this morning, I fired up the old centre lathe and turned it into an aluminium with stainless mesh sieve for draining and cleaning my tumblers stainless pins. Lucky for me I had a sheet of 100 micron stainless filter mesh laying around that I could "borrow",

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              Never going to loose any more pins down the damn plug hole again...

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              • magoo
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                Nice, I recon my s-bend needs a clean to see if they still sitting in it.
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