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Old 05-26-2011, 05:12 PM   #21
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I just believe in using the proper tool for the job.

Your not going to drive nails with a butter knife are you? Just like your not going to try and shoot a 308 in a 30-06.

A drill is a drill a lathe is a lathe.

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The OP is talking about making a part in a pinch. Of course a lathe can do the job faster and more efficiently but I have made pins and even needle valves to close tolerances with a drill press.I've made followers for Marlin 60 that put OEM followers to shame. They worked well and in most cases were better than factory parts. The OP is not building firearms and with common sense and ingenuity it can be done. So if I need a part that is unavailable I'm probably not going to spend $500 on a machine and tooling to make a part I can duplicate on my drill press. If you can afford to I am happy for you but a lot of us can't. Then again, what do I know, as far as one person in this thread is concerned, I'm an idiot.

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as far as one person in this thread is concerned, I'm an idiot.
There's a few here that need to look in a mirror if they want to see idiocy.
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The OP is talking about making a part in a pinch. Of course a lathe can do the job faster and more efficiently but I have made pins and even needle valves to close tolerances with a drill press.I've made followers for Marlin 60 that put OEM followers to shame. They worked well and in most cases were better than factory parts. The OP is not building firearms and with common sense and ingenuity it can be done. So if I need a part that is unavailable I'm probably not going to spend $500 on a machine and tooling to make a part I can duplicate on my drill press. If you can afford to I am happy for you but a lot of us can't.
A lathe is nothing but a stationary tool that hold an item and spin it (usually a mounted motor and a chuck) and means to aid cutting/shaping that item. A drill press in my mind can qualify as a (vertical) lathe. Lay it sideways and it is basically a lathe. You might want to have some form of a tool rest but it is optional. Cutting tool can be gouges or sandpaper (depending on the project, might take longer )!

I DEEPLY ADMIRE people who make do with what they have.
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I DEEPLY ADMIRE people who make do with what they have.

The OP is not building firearms and with common sense and ingenuity it can be done.

Some people count on the best tool so much but their skill/talent level usually doesn't really take advantage of it that much.
don't assume that those of use with accesss to the proper machinery and
the knowledge to know the limitations of a drill press when compared to a
lathe are ignorant, have no common sense, ingunuity, talent or skill
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Lets face it fellows- a machine made mass produced part has no SOUL. A custom hand fabricated part has an indefinable feel to it. After all- the very first lathe was hand-made by an ignorant uneducated REDNECK with a FILE.

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don't assume that those of use with accesss to the proper machinery and the knowledge to know the limitations of a drill press when compared to a lathe are ignorant, have no common sense, ingunuity, talent or skill
No one said that. Read the entire posts please.
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If you think back it is amazing how they built machines like that 150-200 ago with nothing to go by and nothing more than premitive hand tools . Alomst like what came first the chicken or the egg ? I will stand behind my op that I have made certain NLA parts using old screw drivers , a drill and a light grit sandpaper for the final cuts , im not milling ar's here , my basic point was ... hell i dont even know anymore , leave it to some with out imagination to jump on someones case . Im sure some people gave Mikhail Kalashnikov hell before he came up with a working version of the most popular and most recognized gun ever made . Its not the machine its the builder , hell , china has all kinds of machines to build stuff and it still wont work

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Then you misunderstood the posts. It is a praise to those who make do with less than ideal equipment...NOT a stab at those who have them (HUGE difference).

If you are referring to the part that I said "SOME people count on the best tool so much but their skill/talent level usually doesn't really take advantage of it that much. " Note the word SOME. Unless you fall under that category, you should be okay.

It is like SOME people buying $5,000 dollar sub-MOA rifle and still cannot hit the broad side of a barn. Believe it or not, they do exist.
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