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Old 05-23-2011, 02:16 PM   #11
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I am well aware of the proper way to cut , mill ect . The post was more for the funny side and yes it does work , is it accurate ? not really . I would rather spend 100.00 in wasted material but learn on the last try than to just buy it or have some one else do it . I am not working with ar's and barrets , most of my home brew parts are for 100yr old guns were nothing was really milled so the tolerance is not really and issue as they are much more forgiving . Some of my post are not to be taken to seriously as I am a joker with a few grains of sarcasm . A post with a title of REDNECK LATHE is going to have some.... improvisions in it lol . It also seems that some of you know your stuff .
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I have never seen a drill corded or cordless that could hold the tolerances that a good quality lather could or even a poor quality lathe.
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He's not talking about tolerances, he's talking about hand fitting pins and such like. I've done it before. I've turned ramrods for muzzleloaders in a half inch drill. Now that's a trick.
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OK so tolerances don't matter with pins that hold firearms together? WOW thats a new one on me. Sorry I will stick to buying proper parts for my firearms.
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took a while to find this again

http://www.urbansurvival.com/multimachine.pdf
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Thanks MidnightExpress thats cool.
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OK so tolerances don't matter with pins that hold firearms together? WOW thats a new one on me. Sorry I will stick to buying proper parts for my firearms.
I didn't mean tolerances don't matter. I meant it's not like chucking a piece of metal in a lathe and having it come out right the first time. It's hand fitting. File a little at a time till you get it right. For somebody financially unable to buy a lathe or somebody that doesn't do much of it it does work.
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Thanks MidnightExpress thats cool.
you're welcome, I stumbled across that a few years ago and thought it was
interesting enough to give it a try with all the car and truck parts that come
through here, just haven't had the time to get started on it
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I used to turn and owned various lathes from .5HP to electronic VS 2HP. For me, as long as you know what you need and know how to get it done, the machine (lathe in this case) is secondary. It does make your life easier but that mush in between your ears matter more.

I've seen some exceptionally talented people make wonderful turnings out of a drill press . Can they do better with a better machine? Yes. Can I do better than these people with my 2 HP VS lathe...I wish but sadly no.

Some people count on the best tool so much but their skill/talent level usually doesn't really take advantage of it that much. If it works, it doesn't matter if it is a pedal powered lathe.
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that thing is cool , we have some old drill press brake lathes and misc tire machines sitting around , i may try something like that this winter
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