I decided the only way to turn the completed front section would to be in a "socket". The section sits on a shoulder on the nose and is secured with a setscrew
turning ID of socket
Next up is some stock for the body of the tube. I found something that was close in ID and OD.
Boring in lathe.
Before I committed to having a overly long piece I had to cut the barrel lugs (and blocking lug for SBR)
modifying barrel (now extended) for blocking lug
After that the blocking pin preventing a FA bolt from going into battery
In socket ready to be turned
Tube section shrunk on
Complete tube in lathe and tacked. Although I do not recommend welding in a lathe, it seemed the only way I could hold everything straight without building a fixture. If you do this use a TIG, If any other process cover everything with aluminum foil to keep the spatter from damaging, most important is to keep the ground as close to the work as possible and never crossing a bearing.
parting to final length
starting to turn OD
Very pretty! How many hours you have in it so far?
Some people are like Slinkies. Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
That looks great!
Nice job, keep it up & keep us posted on your progress
your making nice progress and it looks good!
but im also glad to see you say that the $180 is actually a good price on one of these tubes cause most people just dont believe how much work goes into one of these builds until they try it.
I NEVER DID EITHER.
you'll love it when its done.
say what you mean & mean what you say
im here to build stuff.... not cry about "how things used to be"YES, i work for TEC Tactical.. 07/02 SOT
So true, A project like this seems to always show a need for a jig or some part to be made to protect the part in the lathe or ?. But The fun of doing it and the satisfaction of a job well done is PRICELESS
I also agree that 180.00 is an excellent price.