Weekend update 11-17

As always there is to much to do and not enough time to complete all of it. First is the update to the addition to the wood shop. The door is hung and the roof is up. The roof and sides are epoxy and fabric covered, for the most part. One more day and I should have it complete. Here are a few pictures of the project as the end of Sunday.


DSC_2808sAnd a quick look inside. I still have the dust collector ducting, the air piping and the lighting circuit to complete. After all that is complete I will insulate,sheet and sheet rock.

DSC_2809sTalking about the wood shop. I was on a job and was chatting with the home owner and a piece of equipment in his garage and he gave it to me. So meet the new addition to the shop.


DSC_2811sIt is a router table with a real nice Porter Cable router. It is funny that I just bought the same router last week for 309.00. I sold the new one to my neighbor today.

More work was completed on the rifle rack that I started a couple of weeks ago.


DSC_2824sI will cut the slots for the top and bottom hole this week and then set it up in the gun room.

I spent most of Saturday in a class on anodizing and I have a little write up on that in the future.

Last but not least I made a number of pieces for the stock washers. Simple parts but time consuming.


I will chat with you all tomorrow.



Sunday answer 11-16

This post will be a little late. I have to finish the stock screw bushings today and will photograph the answer a little latter. Sorry

What is it Saturday 11-15

I started another photograph class dealing with product photography. I am hoping it will improve my pictures. So these pictures are from the class.



A british video of gun proofing

Interesting how they did this.

Pedersen Device manual

The illusive Pedersen device.

Here are a few pictures of the rifle and device.DSC_1813c



As promised here is the manual for the Pedersen device.

Pedersen Device manual


The most interesting part of the manual are the pictures showing the components. This is actually a complex part.

AR-180 part 2

In part 2 of making the AR-180 we will be looking at the upper receiver and the steps necessary to make one. There are a number of rifles that use the same basic design concept. So this build concept would work for any of them.

This is the AR-18/180.

DSCN2975scAnd a close up of the upper receiver.


A number of other weapons have the same basic upper receiver design. This includes the AR-180B


DSC_2737scThe early Bushmaster rifle


DSC_2739scThe Leader rifle


DSC_2741scAnd the Vulcan V15DSC_2743s

DSC_2744csSome of these have strengthening ribs while other do not.



This is what the flat would look like after the initial pressing. The holes would be alignment holes for set up and the groves would be pressed in.


This pressing shows the unnecessary sheet metal cut away and the remainder of the holes in the receiver.





The other side of the same pressing


At this point there were probably 2 or three ops performed between this pressing and the last one.  The hole has been cut into the receiver for the ejection port and for the bolt operating handle. In addition the first and second bend has been completed.


The other side of the same pressing.


You can now see the upper receiver completely bent and welded.




These 4 holes on both sides of the receiver are to tig weld the barrel extension to the upper receiver.

DSC_2538sThe vertical run of holes is to tig weld the “u” channel that the bolt runs along into the receiver.




Close up of the welding performed to close the upper receiver together.

DSC_2545sOur next post on this type of rifles will be the smaller parts and how they were made.

EM-2 30-06 rifle

During the time period that the EM-2 was design it was made in a variety of calibers. These calibers ranged from the original caliber of .280 to the NATO standard of 7.62×51 through 30/06. This post is dealing with the 30/06 rifle. Basically what they did was to cut and weld a 7.62×51 rifle to convert it to 30/06 as a trials weapon. This is the only one that I know of and it makes for an interesting study in cartridge conversion.


This is a full view of the rifle showing the total amount of work required to do this conversion.





A close up of the welding required to complete the conversion to the receiver and magazine.



The other side.




This picture is from the book EM-2 concept and design published by Collector Grade Publications, a must have book in any gun library. It shows the different lengths of bolts in the three calibers.

30-06 boltcsA great deal of work, but an interesting project.

Weekend update 11-10

It was a productive weekend as weekends go. The holes were drill into the side or the forging press I-beam to support the fluting machine. Here are a few pictures and a quick video of the process.

Moving the back plate over was no big deal, once in the fab shop it was loaded on the die cart with an extra steel plate to allow us to move it closer to the press.


DSC_2703sThe backing plate was clamped and then marked.

DSC_2705sA bushing was made to allow for proper alignment.



DSC_2708sThen the best money spent on this part of the project.

DSC_2713sA magnetic drill was rented. It made the job so much easier. I really want one of these.

A quick video of the process


We went through the wood shop to get it back in order to allow me to finish the stocks for the VG1-5 rifle project. I have to tell you this took some doing. It has been the junk holding room for a while. This is how it looked last night. I finished the electrical Sunday morning.

DSC_2725sOne problem was found though. Termites.

DSC_0106sOne more thing to fix.

I moved the big dust collector outside and started a new room for it and the air compressor. This is the dust collector.

DSC_2732sAnd the new room.


DSC_2729sIt is not large, but it will hold the equipment just fine. I also started on the table saw back bench.


The fab shop ceiling was completed.

DSC_2728sAnd caulked



Sunday answer 11-9

The picture from the post on 11-8 is from the bolt of a Beretta model 1957 carbine in .30 M1.IMG_0045s


Here is the write up on it from the book ” The World’s Assault Rifles”. This is another book you should have in your library.

beretta 1cs

beretta 2cs

beretta 3cs

beretta 4cs

beretta 5cs

What is it Saturday 11-8

Another interesting part.