I am doing two things I haven't done on this blog before. I am following the directions for a produced product, and I am working with firearms. I am putting this on my blog for a couple of reasons, not just keeping it behind the scenes while working on more exciting projects. I have spent a significant amount of time, and secondly, because I allocate chunks of each day to projects, work, relaxing, eating, and exercising. If I expend my project energies on other things, I neglect everything else. I don't have much of a back-burner, and I don't multi-task well, so I focus on one project until it is a success or failure.
My goal is not to show what a cool gun I am building. I want to show the process of turning an eighty percent lower receiver into a functional part. If all goes well, I may photograph some used targets or the completed rifle.
The problem with the drill press was that it was smaller than necessary. The table could not lower far enough to install an X-Y slide clamp, and the base stand was too far away from the drill chuck. My solution was to add a riser on top of the base and elevate the clamp. In this case, I used a mahogany 1x4 and held it in place with 5/16" bolts. It was less than ideal, and if I knew all the trouble it was going to cause, I would have bought a taller drill press.
I aligned the clamp with the drill base as best as possible, but it was likely inaccurate. I tried to go easy on my first pass, but I drilled too deep and not close enough to the edges. In other words, I took plastic out in the wrong areas. Part of the problem was unclear instructions, and part was because I didn't understand the directions thoroughly. It should still be possible to make a working receiver with this part.
The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date. First time here?
Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5
Completed projects from year 6
Completed projects from year 7
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