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WarBlock Receiver Height AR15 Gas Block CNC Machining (8): roughing, finishing, and bayonet test cuts

While I’m waiting on some more tooling I decided to go back and revisit some of the operations that I wasn’t completely happy with. My goal here was to massage the programs a little to optimize tool life, surface finish, cut down on chatter, and minimize cycle time. First I decided to make things more […]

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WarBlock Receiver Height AR15 Gas Block CNC Machining (7): side gutting and 3D profiling

Things are really starting to take shape and the new fixture plate is working out great. The setup seemed very rigid to withstand some relatively heavy cuts and also very accurate and repeatable. We are finally to point of making the horizontal cuts which involve primarily gutting the side profile out and 3D contouring. The […]

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WarBlock Receiver Height AR15 Gas Block CNC Machining (6): machining fixture plate 2

In this episode I machine the 2nd fixture plate alluded to in the last post. It is a similar concept to fixture plate 1 with a few variations as well as improvements that I thought of after machining the first one.  This fixture plate is needed to orient the in-process gasblocks into a horizontal position […]

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WarBlock Receiver Height AR15 Gas Block CNC Machining (5): top side Picatinny rail and bottom features

We start out this entry addressing the backlash issue that came up in the X-axis. It turned out a collar came loose and wasn’t captivating the ballscrew bearings securely. I double checked the X and then the Y since they are the easiest to access right now. The Z will require taking off the way […]

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WarBlock Receiver Height AR15 Gas Block CNC Machining (4): test cuts revisited and profiling

In this episode I simultaneously take a step back and a step forward. After destroying my last 0.5 roughing endmill I got some help from Carl at Lakeshorecarbide. I received a few of his 0.5 roughing endmills and was immediately impressed. He had also suggested some cutting parameters to use with these that has worked […]

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WarBlock Receiver Height AR15 Gas Block CNC Machining (1): stock prep for fixture plate

Here is the first installment in the AR15 High Rail Gasblock machining series. In this episode I am machining the main bore and the gas tube hole while simultaneously creating the mating interface to the fixture plate. I came up with the idea of using pre-existing features on the gasblock that needed to be machined […]

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Website is Launched!

Hi everybody, In the darkness when everyone is sound asleep in their beds and without much notice a website is launched. It’s been a long few weeks for me trying to go from zero to website but it is officially here and ready for business. Special thanks to Eric at Cando for the immense help […]

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