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so i have a friend who has an old 90 mm shell casing, and he asked me to turn a wooden shell for it. sure. how big? so he sent me some pics of the inner diameter and outer diameter of the casing mouth, and asked that the shell go into the casing by 2 inches, and that the exposed portion be about 10 inches long. oddly, trees don't grow in that shape and size, so i have some scrap lumber gluing up to make the right size. one big bullet coming up sometime this week. oh, if you use a vernier caliber, please get a good straight on shot of the vernier, so i can accurately read the dimension. sigh....
Father of a friend died recently. She requested an urn for her key chain so she could put some of his ashes in. Since he was an avid hunter I used a 7.62x39 AR15 shell to make one. It is a steel shell which I spun on the lathe to sand it fine and then nickel plated it. I turned and polished a brass bullet and made a 1/4" threaded plug for the end. Added a small slip ring and done it is. The steel shell plated as easily as the brass shells did.
Friend of mine likes his .308 rifle and gave me some shells to see if a pen could be made using them. Well yes I can. I found the .308 shell was a bit short so I figured a spacer to make it longer was needed. Looked at various ways and materials for making the spacer and ended up with cutting the top off a second shell the necessary amount would be best. I like how they turned out and since I had a few .30-30 shells I made a couple from them too. The .30-30 shell was a tad longer than the .308 and on both I had to press a piece of 5/16" brass rod through the boss for the bullet to enlarge it for the pen guts to fit.
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