Today is pressing day. We received the flats back from the water jet people and they look great.
A second picture of the pile.
So out to work to get this project back on schedule.
The first package is complete and on to the rest.
The second package is now complete. It takes 5 hits [...]
So we will start with the update on the VG1-5 project. I stamped the rear top covers.Out of the 10 that were stamped.
We found a few problems. I had to re-stamp the parts due to not getting the ribs deep enough.
This is a close up of the stamping.
Once I re [...]
Now that the male die is complete, with only de-burring left to do, it is time to start on the female dies.
As with the male die it starts out as a large block of steel.
With this die we made it in three parts. This allowed us to machine areas that would be very [...]
Will Cushman asked how we moved the die plates around the shop. If my shop was in a single building or even on a the same level it would be a great deal easier.
To move the dies from under the bench to the top of the bench to work on them I use a [...]
Sunday night and the shop is shutdown, the machines are cleaned and the computers are off. Not a bad weekend. My next door neighbor with the help of my son finished his program and got his parts made on the webb.He completed 6 of these. David finally got the bugs worked out of his program [...]
In our last post I showed you the bottom plate of the pressing plates. This is the completed top plate of that matching set. This first picture is with the top plate completed spot drilled.
After spot drilling the pin holes where drilled and reamed.
Then the cap screws were drilled.
And finally [...]
I don’t want anyone to think that here at gun lab we have just been hanging around and drinking beer and accomplishing nothing. That is far from the truth.
A while back a die shop went out of business and I was able to buy a few items. One being a brand new steel die [...]
Well we have just about completed all the front barrel supports. So the next few posts will be videos of cnc machining the last two ops on the cnc lathe.
We have actually started on the rear barrel supports now.
Today we are going to stamp and machine the trigger guard. We start with a sheared piece of 2 mil sheet steel. Initially we tried 1 mil but found that it was to easily deformed. Next was 1.5 mil and still did not look correct. So 2 mil gave us the correct look without too [...]
Well more work has been completed on the solid model of the type 99 magazine. We have now finished both side with feed lips and bottom plate rib. Soon the follower and lower spring plate will be completed. When all the parts are completed it will be off to the 3-D printer.
Here are a [...]