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Thread: Lathe & mill projects

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    Lathe & mill projects

    Earlier this year @stumpy discovered that nappies and baby food apparently is a higher priority than a metalwork hobby...

    So after some negotiations with the Mrs (profuse begging and groveling did the trick), I managed to convince the better half that this was too good a deal to pass on. Lathe & mill at the same time, with oodles of tooling (xmas in my world).

    Stumpy was not lying when he said the mill was a large lass. Took myself, a mate and an engine hoist to move "big bertha" into her final resting place.

    The mill is a Rong Fu 30 copy, round column. Nothing fancy, but nice large bed and that sold it for me as I wanted a mill for stock inletting etc. The lathe is an early Myford ML7, I think 1948 if the serial number registry is correct.

    I cleaned the machines, re-built the lathe bench and set about discovering what all the bits and pieces were for...

    Will be using this thread to post pics of my attempts at metalwork.
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    First up, some simple turning and threading.

    Had to make a smaller mandrel for the slitting saw, so that I could maximize the depth I could saw to (see barrel clamp later)

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    The bottom washer has a slight "lip" to locate the blade.
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    Next was a barrel clamp and action wrench.

    The barrel clamp was designed so that I could bolt it to the towbar of my van and use it on the range. Some interesting lessons learnt - off-centre work holding, boring and slit sawing. The black bolt is 3/4 inch diameter to give you an idea of the size.
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    The action wrench is for my Omark target rifle, 3 lug. Got a mate to help with welding the nut onto the bar, and then used the faces of the nut to use as an idex for machining the 3 flats.
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    Next one was to make a second base plate for my SKP buttplate. I wanted the same setup on both my fullbore and rimfire FTR rifles, and figured making a 2nd baseplate would be way cheaper than buying a whole second SKP ($250).

    So I machined some square stock into a T, and turned down a piece of roundbar to the correct dimension. Then machined a slot into the roundbar. Bit of steel putty later and some grining, and I have a spare buttplate Total cost - $ 20 for the steel putty and some scrap alu.

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    Shoulder plate on right, new base in the middle, and original base on the left. I will see how the steel putty holds up with rimfire recoil, but should be good...
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    bloody ipad photos seem to be upside down ?"$%^

    current project is a spotting scope stand for FTR. lots of little bits and pieces that go together, taking a lot longer than I thought...
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    Projects rock! I think you and I would have a lot to talk about if ever we were in the same room. Keep em coming...
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    regretted selling em ......but , they have found a very nice home , with a very capable machinist !!! ... look forward to seeing more stuff/projects
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    Alternate trigger shoe for my smallbore FTR rifle - so that it matches the fullbore one.

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    Version 2 of a home-made spotting scope stand. Lots of interesting workholding and figuring out how to do equilateral triangle etc.

    The barrel of the clamp is home-made as well, only part not fabricated myself is the swivel head off a monopod.

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    Nice. Good having a wider base for the spotting scope than the poxy "tip over when looking at it sideways" types.
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    Yep EBF, That's a dame good idea, every time I fire the beast I have to go down the range to get my scope!!, Homebrew.357.

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    I like the stand.
    Looks nice and compact once put down.

 

 

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