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Posted: August 20 2014 at 10:06am | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Yay, that's flippin' gorgeous wood.  Have you thought about getting your FFL & doing some gunsmithing on the side?
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Posted: April 14 2015 at 3:31am | IP Logged Quote yaybacon

Saw Backbencher mention me in the joke relating to ribs, so decided to post an update. havn't posted anything in awhile because I found some non-gun related projects like milling out this little engine.. also bought this fn-fal, but nothing worth posting about, other than I can't find images of wooden charging handles anywhere.  I wanted everything to match the maple stock I built for it.




Back to being on-topic, made some progress on the handgun frame, and bought checkering tools and this supersonic air file this week. Really excited for the handgun grips to be my first try at checkering, for the longest time I thought it was only possible with dremels and cnc's, never knew these existed.. and this cheap airfile has a 0.3mm stroke so you can get really close to the walls with the tip and it won't kick away and because I'm cheap I grabbed a set of harbour freight files with 1/8th shanks and cut the handles off to fit in it.






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Posted: April 14 2015 at 9:19pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Checkering with AIR? Hmmm.

That's beautiful wood on the FN. Nice work.
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Posted: April 14 2015 at 9:45pm | IP Logged Quote yaybacon

grabbed a closeup picture from Google of the checkering tools, saw some electric ones but they wanted something like $600 to $1500 for them. $200 for replacement carbide cutting wheels.. might need to try your idea of hooking it to the airfile if the vibration doesn't mess with control, you could accidentally be a genius mr.legoman


small update -rounded the edges of the grip




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Posted: April 15 2015 at 8:12pm | IP Logged Quote blurrededge

oooh, check out those curves
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Posted: April 16 2015 at 8:54pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Can we get a video of the engine running?
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Posted: April 16 2015 at 10:54pm | IP Logged Quote yaybacon

was planning on casting a flywheel to replace that drillchuck eventually.. xD

https://youtu.be/55wtEQJEqEk

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Posted: April 16 2015 at 10:59pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Holy crap, dude! That's magnificent!
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Posted: April 26 2015 at 4:01pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

You've got mad skillz, yay.
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Posted: April 26 2015 at 5:52pm | IP Logged Quote justin22885

this may have already been asked, but what are the costs and limitations of laser cutting?
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Posted: April 28 2015 at 3:31am | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Here's another example of laser cut receiver flats:

http://www.theflatspot.net/ar-15-receiver-flat.html

Thank God the AR-10 flats are out of stock.  One of the limitations is if the flats were intended to be welded, super glue may not hold them very well. 
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Not really the best  person to answer.  The place I went to wanted $180 minimum order, most of the price was to "redraw my autocad files" because they ran into problems importing mine directly from 3dsmax.  Never went back to find out because couldn't afford to pay them to redraw my files a second time to make updates, but thought it would be somewhere around $1 or $2 for a  part as complex as say, a trigger.  Sorry completely forget if that included material costs, and my boss/dad payed, so never asked/saw a receipt directly.  there is a 1degree flare as the material melts downwards, and reflected materials like brass, reflect the laser back towards the machine and hurt things.
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Posted: May 01 2015 at 11:18pm | IP Logged Quote yaybacon

probably posted pictures of this before, but always have a strong feeling of pride and the need to share after building my own tool.. made dremel collets fit my mill and has a longer reach than in a dremel.  The little fibre disks work great for slotting harder materials that could damage slitting saws.




Swear the quality of harbour freight tools is going further down than it was already, 2 corners on that square file are round, 2 are sharp, and pretty sure this one isn't supposed to be shaped like a knife with a trapezoidal cross section













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Posted: May 03 2015 at 12:45am | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Beautiful work, yay.
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Posted: May 03 2015 at 9:48am | IP Logged Quote OldCoot

Will be waiting for the range report....
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Posted: June 08 2015 at 8:21am | IP Logged Quote yaybacon

  tonight I finally stopped being lazy and added a hook thing to hold the forearm on.


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Posted: June 08 2015 at 1:17pm | IP Logged Quote backbencher

Ummm.... Yay, yay?
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Posted: June 10 2015 at 6:56am | IP Logged Quote yaybacon

messed up... didn't double-check and was told the wood I was using was brazillian rosewood for the grips, so I used actual brazillian rosewood for the forearm to match it.. color is completely wrong. and did the checkering afterwards just for practice . and to test this checkering cutter I machined







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I like the 3 tone look.
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