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spclark

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Making Springs
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:57:31 AM »
Seen a lot of posts looking for springs for SSG etc.  Might this be a good option for those of us with lathes?  Seems as long as you knew the wire diameter and pitch, would be pretty easy to make.   I've never tried but doesn't seem too hard.

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 07:25:09 PM »
If you can make some, let us see your work.

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2016, 10:41:14 AM »
Haha...I've never tried it but found the process interesting...and doable.

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2016, 01:26:12 PM »
Will then, you need to start practicing.   ;D
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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2016, 07:48:01 PM »
It is easy to make springs on a lathe, the hard part is to get the exact size you want (ID-OD), they spring back a little so the ID of the spring is always larger than the mandrel.  Then if the piece you pull them through is a bit different gap from the mandrel, that changes it also.  So if you want to duplicate a spring sometime in the future, keep records of the gap, etc.  Regards, Tom
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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2016, 08:36:01 PM »
Will do, thanks Tom.
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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2016, 05:56:13 AM »
Thanks for the links. Getting geared up to hit the shop and bench again after too many months. This is interesting and I'll have to try it.
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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2016, 10:20:19 AM »
Yep.  I suspect it is not nearly as 'easy' as these vid's make it look.  I am just a hobby machinist and enjoy it immensely.  I know full well that the simplest looking part can take HOURS to make.  I often bring my handy 'work' in to show the Mrs. after HOURS turning or milling, only to have her say...That's IT?  What have you been doing out here all day?  LOL. 

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016, 10:22:55 AM »
Yep.  I suspect it is not nearly as 'easy' as these vid's make it look.  I am just a hobby machinist and enjoy it immensely.  I know full well that the simplest looking part can take HOURS to make.  I often bring my handy 'work' in to show the Mrs. after HOURS turning or milling, only to have her say...That's IT?  What have you been doing out here all day?  LOL.

Haha...nice!  They never understand!

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2016, 06:27:53 AM »
I haven't tried to make any compression springs yet.  I was thinking that transfer punches would be just about perfect for the mandrel, there are a lot of sizes to choose from in a set of punches.

What thoughts do you other guys have regarding hardening and tempering the spring after it is wound?

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2016, 09:44:39 AM »
Yep.  I suspect it is not nearly as 'easy' as these vid's make it look.  I am just a hobby machinist and enjoy it immensely.  I know full well that the simplest looking part can take HOURS to make.  I often bring my handy 'work' in to show the Mrs. after HOURS turning or milling, only to have her say...That's IT?  What have you been doing out here all day?  LOL.

Haha...nice!  They never understand!

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Re: Making Springs
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2016, 11:29:09 AM »
Thanks for the links. Getting geared up to hit the shop and bench again after too many months. This is interesting and I'll have to try it.
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