Category Archives: Shop work
Wrenches for installing AR-15 barrel extensions are extremely specialized, and ridiculously expensive. The wrench described here is suitable for torquing the barrel extension to the 140 ft/lb specification, and will also work for grabbing 1″ barrels as well.
In this exercise we will make a 2-10 Acme threaded rod. This is a practical size for use in a number of projects, so the result may be useful to you. The general instructions can be applied to any square-ish … Continue reading
In this exercise we’ll cut some internal threads. Internal threading is very much like external threading, but with two additional challenges: Getting over your fear of cutting internal threads. Remembering to dial the cross-slide in the opposite direction to back … Continue reading
Cutting threads is an indispensable part of machining. The 60º external thread is the most common thread to be cut, and once you can cut it, no other thread (internal, external, whitworth, acme, square, etc.) is beyond reach. Tools required: … Continue reading
Grinding Lathe Cutters Grinding lathe bits is a dying art. The widespread availability of ready-to-use cutters has made it possible for hobbyists and small shops to work without having to acquire this particular skill. However, it behooves every machinist and … Continue reading