Weekend update for 7-10-16

Every weekend I have a list of projects that I want to do. Generally I can get through only 15% of what is on my list. This weekend it was even less then that.

With the summer heat this year, generally the same every year, it has just gotten to me for some reason. Probably […]

More on the Japax wire edm

This is another installment on the Japax wire edm at When I bought this machine from an auction house last year it did not run at all. The plan was to get it operational if possible with the least amount of money. Thus far I have replace a number of the switches. This was […]

Weekend update 2-14-16

Not much fun stuff this weekend. Work was accomplished in the machine shop by adding even more new led lights.

New lights were installed over the HAAS and Sharps machining centers.

Installed one over the cnc lathe.

Went back and re-mudded the ceiling where we put the lights earlier.

I spent time working on the […]

Japax wire EDM update

Work around Gun Lab actually is accomplished, in this case the Japax wire EDM. I spent some time on Saturday changing out bad push buttons on the control circuit board. There were three bad switches and we had received the replacements during the SAR gun show so this was my first day that I had […]

Gun Lab update

This is an answer to a friends question about a particular project.

It is good to always keep checking with me. Things can get a little hectic around here. This is the status of the projects here.

1) the MP-44 trunnions test pieces have been completed and sent to the buyer. A […]

Week end update 6-29

It was an interesting weekend as are all weekends around here. I finished filling in the trench for the new communications lines to the shop. With the cat5 water proof wire coming in I should have this project finished next weekend.

The filled trench that I still need to compact. The water proof wiring.


More time with the Japax wire EDM

Today we are going to write a basic program for the Japax wire EDM and run that program on the machine. This will be a dry run only to verify that the machine can perform the program as written.

To give everyone a little back ground this machine uses what is call G-code to perform […]

Gun Lab update

No posts for the last couple of days. Sorry about that but with the temperature hovering around 112 and working outside from 5:30 am until 7 or 8pm I am just out of steam.

Here are the updates though. The bending and stamping die for the AR-180B bolt hold open device in just about complete […]

Weekend update for 6-15-15

A quick update for this last weekend. The slab was finished at the cast area. Here are a couple of views. I still need to get the gantry system up, but I am going to wait for my good friend Mac to help me with that one. He is a much better welder and fabricator […]

Weekend update for 6-7-15

Most of the day Saturday was spent making parts for the AR-180b. The last op on the selector lever was completed,a post is coming up. The pivot buttons were almost completed, one more bar to finish. I spent a great deal of time with the Japax wire edm getting it up and running a post, […]