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Old 12-14-2019, 12:59 PM
Wes Lorenz Wes Lorenz is offline
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Curious to see shop made tools

I had a micrometer head that needed a use, so I made this for measuring rails.
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:10 PM
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Hi,
Here is a fitting block I made years ago.
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:25 PM
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A rod with bushings for dialing in barrels I'm about to cut

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Old 12-14-2019, 06:26 PM
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A rod with bushings for dialing in barrels I'm about to cut
Interesting. How is that used?
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:50 PM
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One bushing goes into the chamber, the other in the muzzle and the rod goes through it. I dial it in first with the rod, then pull it out and finish inside the bore.

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Old 12-14-2019, 07:59 PM
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One bushing goes into the chamber, the other in the muzzle and the rod goes through it. I dial it in first with the rod, then pull it out and finish inside the bore.
I'm sorry to be dense, but this is getting the barrel aligned properly for boring?
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:13 PM
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I'm sorry to be dense, but this is getting the barrel aligned properly for boring?
No problem.

Its to cut it down, shorter, so it's flush with the bushing.

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Old 12-14-2019, 08:17 PM
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Its to cut it down, shorter, so it's flush with the bushing.
:light bulb moment:
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:26 PM
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Or if you're going to thread a barrel or ream a chamber of whatever have you. The rod is just used so I can quickly get it aligned.

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Old 12-15-2019, 07:02 PM
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I had a micrometer head that needed a use, so I made this for measuring rails.
I need to make one of these out of a spare head I have

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Old 12-15-2019, 07:33 PM
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I made this fixture for cutting frame rails to height:





For cutting the rails to width, the frame is simply clamped vertically to a 5" x 5" angle plate (not shown).

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Old 12-15-2019, 07:36 PM
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I made this fixture for cutting frame rails to height:





For cutting the rails to width, the frame is simply clamped vertically to a 5" x 5" angle plate (not shown).

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I like that one! Do you have a dimensioned drawing or sketch you could share?
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Old 12-15-2019, 07:45 PM
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Hi,
Jamie, how close can you dial that barrel in when you set it up.

I'm building a Commander and sooner or later need to cut the barrel back a hair and chamfer it!
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Old 12-15-2019, 07:51 PM
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I made this fixture for cutting hammer hooks to 90 degrees:





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Old 12-15-2019, 08:29 PM
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Jamie, how close can you dial that barrel in when you set it up.

I'm building a Commander and sooner or later need to cut the barrel back a hair and chamfer it!
I can dial it in to less than a tenth pretty easily with that spider it's chucked up in. Sometimes it takes longer than others though, not sure why that is.

I have dialed in on the outside of the barrel and cut the crown, just to see what would happen. To my surprise, accuracy did not seem to suffer at all. I'm not advocating that though. But I have tried it.
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Old 12-15-2019, 08:32 PM
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I like that one! Do you have a dimensioned drawing or sketch you could share?
I actually have a drawing for the main block partially finished. I used it for making notes while I designed it. Once the fixture was finished, I didn't have much incentive to finish the drawing. But I really should, and will post it here.

I don't have a drawing for the small block used to clamp the frame within the magazine well. It's not critical and could probably be more easily made from a 1" length of 5/8" aluminum rod.

The clamp that sits in the slide stop hole was made from a specialized screw that has a square paddle on the end. It's made for holding slotted panels in place with just a quarter turn. I would have just used an eye bolt if I could have found one small enough. Also not something critical.

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Old 12-15-2019, 09:07 PM
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I can dial it in to less than a tenth pretty easily with that spider it's chucked up in. Sometimes it takes longer than others though, not sure why that is.

I have dialed in on the outside of the barrel and cut the crown, just to see what would happen. To my surprise, accuracy did not seem to suffer at all. I'm not advocating that though. But I have tried it.
Hi,
Thanks, I saw where a guy drilled a 1/2" hole in round stock, put in a set screw, then put the barrel in and then set it up in a 4 jaw chuck and dialed it in on the outside of the barrel and it looked great but was just wondering.

The spider would be easy to make, the rod and bushings a little harder.

Thanks, again!

Megafiddle, VERY nice jigs!
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:10 PM
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Hi,

Thanks, I saw where a guy drilled a 1/2" hole in round stock, put in a set screw, then put the barrel in and then set it up in a 4 jaw chuck and dialed it in on the outside of the barrel and it looked great but was just wondering.







Thanks, again!



Megafiddle, VERY nice jigs!
The rod was not hard at all to make, it was dead simple. Just turn the rod with tailstock support and a sharp tool. Then make the bushings.

I thought the spider was way more difficult actually.

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Old 12-15-2019, 09:14 PM
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Trust me, if I made it, it ain't hard.
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:21 PM
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Trust me, if I made it, it ain't hard.
Hi,
Well....Thanks for the info!!!
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:47 PM
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Hi
Made this today.

I see these 1911 bench blocks and the only thing on them that spiked my interest...

Was the Thumb Safety part that allows you to set the thumb safety up to file the lug where it fits the sear.

This keeps your cut at the right angle and holds the safety for you.
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Old 12-16-2019, 08:25 PM
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Assembled from my tooling and used to clean up a magazine release bore.
Setup worked great. I put the parts back into my tooling inventory when done.



A piece of 3/4" X 3/4" 4140 square stock placed at the bottom of my 80% jig to allow the vise to clamp down hard. I also use the 3/4" X 3/4" 4140 square stock to get my vise aligned to the Mill table with a dial indicator.



You can see a little of the 3/4" X 3/4" sticking out on the bottom right corner of the 80% jig.
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Old 12-16-2019, 09:50 PM
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Made this today.

I see these 1911 bench blocks and the only thing on them that spiked my interest...

Was the Thumb Safety part that allows you to set the thumb safety up to file the lug where it fits the sear.

This keeps your cut at the right angle and holds the safety for you.
Nice mill
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Old 12-17-2019, 06:07 AM
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Nice mill
Hi,
Thanks, she's a cutie, and I love her!

A 1965 Series I Bridgeport...

I'm buying her a DRO for Xmas!!!
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Old 12-17-2019, 04:36 PM
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These wire gauges were made from music wire. They range from .008" to .022" in .001" increments, plus .024" and .026".

I made the handles from 1/4" poplar, printed some labels to affix onto them, and covered them with clear heat shrink tubing. The wires were crimped on the end to hold them in place, and set into a 1/16" hole with super glue.

These are useful on curved surface gaps like that between the barrel and slide at linkdown.

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