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The Vortex Razor has lit recitals with 1-10 settings. The first few settings can only be seen with night vision.
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My wife is so patient. The dinner table and weapons.


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The front of the AI stock has a receiver for the Atlas bi-pod.
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The turrets can be replaced with custom yardage turrets. The top turret also sports a Zero stop.
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The Bi-pod and mono pod arrived. Front Bi-pod legs are independent and can be adjusted front to back and up/dn.
The bipod also features a right/left 15º+/- 30º total cant.
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Another angle.
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The glass was bore sighted using a .308 laser chambered at 40'.
This is over the counter Nosler ammo. The first three round sent at 100 yards.
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Mr. Roosevelt covered three holes.
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After minor scope adjustments we took it out to 650 yards and sent three more rounds. Mr. Washington concealed the same Nosler over the counter rounds.
The Muzzle brake is stupid loud but the muzzle reaction feels like a .22. The target remains within the cross hairs for a follow up shot. The overall weight of the rifle is 17 pounds but its a solid platform for precision shooting.
Custom ammo was developed using Lapua brass and Sierra 175 gr. Match king bullets. The ladder test method is time consuming but worth the effort in developing a custom round for a custom rifle. In the end, we were hitting 10" dinner plates at 1K yards.
With the suppressor, the rifles group drops slightly and to the right.
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My wife gifted me a special case to protect the "investment".
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Too bad it wasn't water proof....;)
 

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Lastly, when shooting long distances, one need a good spotting scope.
I also chose a Vortex Razor HD . Sure there are more expensive glass out there but I truly feel Vortex glass is the best bang for you buck. They also come with lifetime warrantee.
Magnification 22-48x
Objective Lens Diameter 65 mm
Linear Field of View 138-84 ft/1000 yds
Angular Field of View 2.7-1.6 degrees
Close Focus 26.2 feet
Eye Relief 16.7-17 mm
Length 14.8 inches
Weight 56.8 oz
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Looking out the bay door to the Rincon Mountains. Notice the knob at the top.
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Same knob looking through the spotter.
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And at full zoom.
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Granted it was hot out making it blurry; however, still impressive.
Ok, I need to get busy.

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Another shop improvement project to share with you all.
This is a lathe tooling cart. I didn't use any type of drawing for any of the build. I had an idea in my head and went with it. There where times when I deleted certain details to replace with others.

Punching holes for the caster flanges. The table accommodates an adjustable gauge that allows for mass production punching.
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The flanges.
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The legs are stout as this cart will be rated for minimum of1500 lb.
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Squaring up the frame. A correctly placed weld can pull a frame square.
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The cart sits flat on the floor.
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using the notch end of the iron worker for lower shelf bracing.
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A second notch to break the corner.
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The finishing machine blends the notch doe a nice radius.
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Tacked in.
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The frame is welded up in staggered fashion to avoid distortion.
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more on the lower shelf.
With the type of notch used, it provides a robust joint and a flush top surface.
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This shelf will suppler heavy chucks and larger tooling.
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Some perpendicular bracing.
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Welding the underside.
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A section of heavy perforated sheet was pulled from the scrap pile.
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The four corners were notched with a with a 5" hand grinder and cut off wheel. I don't plan on welding in the perf.
Its Locke in via the corners.
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Next up was to cut the 1/4" top and add supports. All edges were broken using a 60gr. 5" flap wheel.
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The cart will have a drawer for 5C collets and other smaller metrology tooling.
Some different sized Delrin and bearings as well as some aluminum channel for guiding the Delrin rollers.
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Turning the first set of rollers.
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Reaming the holes for a precise fit.
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More to follow.
 

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Good morning to all &
And may everyone have Great Easter Sunday!

Till L8R.!
 
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Good morning!
I hope all had a great Easter with fiends and family.

Back to the lathe tooling cart.
The drawer rollers were then counter bored for a press in bearing fit.
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After parting the bearings pressed in snuggly. The small shoulders will keep the drawer centered and secured on the track.
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The track and rollers. The shoulder is always in contact with track.
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A close up, the rollers riding in the aluminum track. As the drawer is pulled further out, the rollers then engage the top portion of the track.
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The track mounts to the side of the frame and is angled upward sightly. The up angle importance bill be apparent shortly. The welded tab that connects the aluminum track is tapped eliminating the need for nuts. A counter sink also maintains a clearance.
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So the drawer will have a special feature that will allow the entire depth of said drawer to be accessed without having an excessive amount of drawer stick out. It will be a kneeling drawer. The next step was to design and machine a threaded adaptor for the larger roller guides that will support the weight and allow the kneeling feature.
I had some stainless bar stock the right diameter.
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Turned, tapped and ready for parting. Rinse and repeat for a second one.
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Prior to parting, I had to figure out the correct thickness needed for proper clearance of the drawer sides and frame.
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With the larger rollers made the smaller adaptors where parted.
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Onto the mill for three drill and tapped holes 120º apart. I used a co-axial instrument to find center. The adaptor was fixed into a 5C collet and collet block.
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Once center was determined the mill table was cranked to offset the drill. The collet block is rotated to achieve the 120º pattern.
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Then rotated again to power tap the threads.
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The roller adaptors are ready. Those three counter sunk screws are 8-32 threads.
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Next up was to drill two precise holes for the new adaptors. The Mag drill provided nice perfect holes using a 1/2 Annular cutter. A C-clamp backed up the magnet as these drills are hi-torque.
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With the hub hole on the legs, the same adaptor was set in. Transfer punches marked the three holes needed for securing the hub adaptors.
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Once the smaller three holes were drilled and counter sunk, the hub adaptor was inserted inside the tubing legs and secured in place.
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A closer look.
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The larger rollers secured to the hub adaptors. These larger rollers also have shoulders to maintain the drawer centered when in motion or stored.
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More to follow...
 

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Using a piece of plywood, I was able to verify the final angle prior to building the aluminum drawer.
Notice the aluminum track up angle at the front of the cart.
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Here you can see the front support roller holding the would be drawer during mock up.
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A large piece of .100" aluminum was broken to form a drawer to meet the existing rollers clearances.
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A test fit with the side guide rollers.
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Closed.
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The kneeling feature worked out pretty nicely.
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The track required an access hole for assembling the guide rollers. A socket fits nicely.
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A good look of the assembly. Again the kneeling feature only works due to the angle of the track.
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Threw in some weight to see how smooth the drawer rolls. The 5C collets will live in the drawer.
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More to follow.
 

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More pieces were broken to reinforce areas of the drawer.
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Setting up the TIG.
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The corners were tacked.
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Followed up by welding.
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The rear of the drawer got a full fish plate to support the weight when kneeling.
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U used a similar hub turned from CR round bar to support the roller. These are really more like bushings.
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Installed.
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Next ups some simple math used to determine hole placement on a collet rack. This was programmed into the CNC mill.
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The collet rack started out with the same .100" sheet of aluminum then broken to form some sides.
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Using a large bolster secured to the mill vise provides a nice flat platform to preform operations like this.
Look how close I came to the column for the first row of holes.
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After drilling the smaller standoff mounting holes, The larger 1-1/4" holes were drilled using an Annular cutter. These cutters really provide a clean round hole.
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A de-burring tool breaks the edge on both sides of the holes.
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The test fit to determine the correct length of stand offs.
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A different view of the fit.
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The collets fit nice too. The collets float just above the drawer floor. The taper on the collets allow for a great fit.
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The spacers were turned and tapped.
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The collet rack was flipped over to transfer the holes for the stand offs.
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The bottom of the drawer shows the flush counter sunk screw securing the stand offs. The large support rollers ride on the sides requiring a smooth surface.
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ready for the collet rack.
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Rack attached and collets in. I drilled an extra 15 collet holes as I plan on adding some specialty 5C collets for square stock etc.
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More to follow later...
I need to do some work for now.
I hope some find this stuff interesting. I enjoy building and sharing all sorts of stuff. If anyone has questions or critiques, please share.
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Great post!
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With the drawer functioning as intended, I went ahead and built a face for it. I used a piece of 1/8" aluminum. This not only cleaned up the look but stiffened up the front.
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I used 5/8" CR to make sone drawer handles.
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After facing both ends, the pieces were center drilled, drilled and tapped. Those spiral taps are amazing. The chips run out like a drill bit. The thread pitch is 1/4"-20.
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Laying out for knurling.
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Knurled in fine.
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The right side was supported with a live center.
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Ready for breaking.
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Using the break on the iron worker the handles were bent 90º.
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The pair.
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The drawer face and drawer were drilled and the new handles installed. They feel nice and will work well when my fingers are oily. Other screws were also used to mount the face. All counter sunk.
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With the lathe cart functional I turned my focus on other projects. I have yet to paint this cart and the Iron worker support cart to date. They look fine so far with no rust but I would like to paint them to match the large work bench eventually.
Thanks for following and please ask any questions I might have left open.
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Where did you source the spiral taps? those are awesome (y)
 

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Where did you source the spiral taps? those are awesome (y)
A dear friend gifted me a thick ziplock bag full of miscellaneous taps from 1/4" down to less than #4. Only one spiral tap in the lot.
He retired from Hough's Aircraft many many years ago. My friend passes away at 87 from lung cancer back in 2017.
He was a cool man, always cheerful and vey old school.
He lived around the corner and would ride his quad over to chew the fat.
A long answer but Bill Myer was my friend....
MSC does sell them as well as others.
https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tn...searchterm=Spiral+Flute+Taps&navid=4287924494
They work very well in blind holes for power tapping in one shop.
 

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A dear friend gifted me a thick ziplock bag full of miscellaneous taps from 1/4" down to less than #4. Only one spiral tap in the lot.
He retired from Hough's Aircraft many many years ago. My friend passes away at 87 from lung cancer back in 2017.
He was a cool man, always cheerful and vey old school.
He lived around the corner and would ride his quad over to chew the fat.
A long answer but Bill Myer was my friend....
MSC does sell them as well as others.
https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tn...searchterm=Spiral+Flute+Taps&navid=4287924494
They work very well in blind holes for power tapping in one shop.
The gift of good hard knowledge and skill is not passed along to just anyone.
You've gained that and more and it shows with your work.
May your friend Rest in peace.

Thanks for sharing the projects!
 
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The gift of good hard knowledge and skill is not passed along to just anyone.
You've gained that and more and it shows with your work.
May your friend Rest in peace.

Thanks for sharing the projects!
Good Morning All
Great workmanship Paco , it's the small details that make the added value.
I know what would happen if I attempted to power tap a blind hole as I have had to remove broken taps, and or broken stud bolts from castings, and or forgings.

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The gift of good hard knowledge and skill is not passed along to just anyone.
You've gained that and more and it shows with your work.
May your friend Rest in peace.

Thanks for sharing the projects!
Thank you Sir!
My whole life I have gravitated to older solid mentors. It seems I'm running out of them as I'm getting older myself.
I have learned many things over the years from these true patriots, both shop and non shop related. I miss them all!
Thank you for the kind words, I just want to reach out to anyone whom might be interested in this type of activity.
My other passion is mountaineering and long distant hiking. This fuels my soul as well, but my body tells me otherwise.
I have much more to share in terms of projects and hope I don't ever come across as a blowhard.
God bless.
Paco
 
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