View Full Version : I've been piddlin

03-15-2006, 02:48 PM
I needed an adjustable platform for my Spindex for barrel fluting and the like.So I built this, this morn.


I finally got the ambition to make a Indicator holder for the Lathe.

Any tools I can make I don't have to buy,Not to mention the enjoyment factor.

The tame Wolf !

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03-15-2006, 03:04 PM
Handy stuff. Don't forget that you can also just stick a rod in the indicator holder and use it as a hard stop for the carriage. Real handy when boring.

03-15-2006, 03:49 PM
I am always amazed at the things you guys can accomplish in a morning. Shoot something that was half that quality would probably take me three days and about three times as much material!!

03-15-2006, 04:39 PM
It's utilitarian, not Purdy.
Make it work, then make it easy on the eyes if you need to.
I have not, nor will prol'y ever be as good as Evan at both at once.
I have alot of Ideas for shop tools,But only so much scrap metal.

The tame Wolf !

Alistair Hosie
03-15-2006, 04:52 PM
wolfie what is purdie?Alistair

03-15-2006, 05:01 PM
See, its cought on Misspelling, Pretty.

Or are you being Difficult, Alistair?
I thought we settled our differences.

The tame Wolf !

03-15-2006, 05:09 PM
Cool! Can you post some pic's of some barrels that you have fluted. I tried fluting an old 338 mag, 416 stainless barrel once just to see if I could do it. It came out Okay. It would have looked better had I bead blasted it afterwards. I was never able to see if it made a difference in accuracy since the barrel was wore out anyway. I ended up chopping up the tip and making a muzzle brake for my AR-10(T Ultra).
Have you noticed an increase or decrease in accuracy after you have fluted it? I understand the fluting process can relieve stresses in the barrel and change it's zero. Do you stress relive the barrel after fluting by freezing it?
Just curious.

03-15-2006, 05:16 PM
UMMMm,to be honest the one I done didnt come out so well either, thats one reason why I made the Helper.
Fluteing as I understand it helps cool the barrel.
And makes it PURDY. LOL

The tame Wolf !

03-15-2006, 05:25 PM
The theory is that a fluted barrel is stiffer than an unfluted barrel, FOR A GIVEN WEIGHT, because of the heavier contour. The problem with it is, the flutes get dinged up pretty easy.

Hey IOWOLF, if you want a neat trick, when your done fluting, take a piece of masking tape over the flute, and then using a #11 xacto, cut out the fluted section. It's now perfectly masked to paint the flutes, looks great on SS barrels.


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03-15-2006, 05:28 PM
Cool, Im thinking Powdercoat on the Ugly stick.

The tame Wolf !

03-15-2006, 06:05 PM
HTRN is right on about fluting.

The only thing I’ve found fluting good for is getting a longer barrel with the weight of a shorter one.

Another question about fluting is what does it do to internal dimensions and stresses if cut after the barrel is profiled and rifled?

Fluting does look neat.


03-15-2006, 06:12 PM
Word. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-15-2006, 06:23 PM
Heck fire, that's mighty fine tools! You should see some of the jigs and holders I cobble up. They ain't picture taking quality, I can tell ya. All it has to do is work. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif