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Re: [Amps] Want to use a knob with a 3/8" opening on a 1/4" shaft.

Subject: Re: [Amps] Want to use a knob with a 3/8" opening on a 1/4" shaft.
From: "Will Matney" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 13:59:33 -0500
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Well it will center it up, but if the tailstock is still offset, and not on 
center, the pressure on the side of the hole from the bit will cause the hole 
to be larger in diameter than the drill (wallow it out). So, the bit needs to 
be true on center. Even at that, a bit is not accurate for a finished hole even 
in a lathe. The only way to finish the hole off so it's true, and the correct 
diameter is to ream it, or bore it with a boring bar. Gun drills use a reamer 
in place of the bit to true up the hole, really they have reaming machines 
which look the same as a gun drill. A boring bar is set up on the lathes 
carriage and tool holder. It cuts on the side of the hole closest to the 
operator although you can do a reverse cut. For large holes, we used a turret 
lathe which had a large spade bit chucked up. Then we swung the turret around 
to a reamer which took about 0.010 - 0.060" to finish it off. Reaming though is 
a lot slower process than boring because of chatter. We did some 
 with a boring bar on the carriage of the turret lathe and one mounted on the 
turret off a slide. For a regular lathe, you only have the tailstock to drill 
with as far as its quill will travel. You can bore the holes though using the 
carraige. You can also chuck up a reamer on the tailstock and ream the drilled 
hole. This is unless you mount a drill chuck on center off the toolpost. The do 
make an attachment to do that.



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On 12/23/05 at 2:16 PM Bill Turner wrote:

>At 09:16 AM 12/23/2005, you wrote:
>>Gun drills are similar to lathes except the tailstock is made 
>>specially to hold extra long drills. They also have coolant for the 
>>bit. The bit has a guide-support at the end closest to the rod to be 
>>drilled. The drill has one straight long flute and is stationary. As 
>>the rod is turned in the tailstock, the drill is advanced by the 
>>tailstock which is geared to the lathe. It advances slowely and 
>>takes about 45 minutes to drill a rifle barrell. After drilling, the 
>>barrell is reamed, then rifled, and chambered.
>Ok, but that doesn't answer my question: By rotating the rod instead 
>of the drill bit, does that automatically keep the bit centered in 
>the rod? As I understand the video, if the bit were misaligned a 
>small amount, the rotation of the rod would return it to center. True or
>73, Bill W6WRT

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