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Thread: Drill rod questions

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    Boolit Master Moleman-'s Avatar
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    Jul 2016
    SW Michigan next to a winter wheat field
    Good job, if it cuts it doesn't matter how you got there. My first reamer didn't cut well. With a little bit of creativity you can cut the flutes on your lathe. I've seen where guys held the reamer blank in the tool post and an end mill in the lathe, and also held it in the lathe between centers as normal and used the bull gear to index the reamer and cut the flutes with an die grinder held on the tool post.

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    Apr 2008
    Some good basics on heat treatment here.

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    Boolit Master

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    Mar 2013
    Northwest Ohio
    We cut blind keys in the lathe with a boring bar and lathe bit facing forward touch and back out (leave spindle in lowest gear) then run in with table take a couple thousandth each pass. Same could be done to cut flutes. set a tool high and run in a few thou each pass and rotate for next flute.

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    Boolit Master
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    Dec 2011
    Southwest MO.
    That should work pretty well, especially on straight reamers. A bottle neck might be a little more difficult but could certainly be done.

    My harbor freight cross slide vise should be here today. It and an angle plate from grizzly should let me do some light milling.
    Some people live and learn but I mostly just live

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    Mar 2005
    I use a Vertex to cut flutes on cherries. Any angle is perfect.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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