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Posted: 1/9/2021 11:12:32 PM EST
So I’m on my first 80% lower using the 5D tactical jig setup. Really pretty easy so far, the biggest consumer of time is how to handle / clean the shavings coming off the router.
I’ve been using the shop vac to try and capture as much as possible but it still builds up. Being really careful I stop frequently and clean it all up.
What have others found an efficient way to handle this challenge ??
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 4:37:37 AM EST
Compressed air and no care attitude about where it goes lol. I have a magnet mount small air jet (for liquid but just air is fine) I got off Amazon that works good and was cheap.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 12:28:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/10/2021 12:29:48 PM EST by Rkangel777]
Option 1: Blow them out.  
Option 2: Suck them up.  
Option 3: Track them around the house for the next 4 years as little reminders of freedom.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 12:40:10 PM EST
Shop vac after each pass. I also built "walls" around my bench with old ceiling tiles
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 2:27:20 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Rkangel777:
Option 1: Blow them out.  
Option 2: Suck them up.  
Option 3: Track them around the house for the next 4 years as little reminders of freedom.
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Remember, you don't have to tell your wife you built another gun, just tell her is glitter from the strippers.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 5:09:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Rkangel777:
Option 1: Blow them out.  
Option 2: Suck them up.  
Option 3: Track them around the house for the next 4 years as little reminders of freedom.
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Use option 1 & 2 together.
Make an attachment for the shop vac hose, and one for a small air jet mounted 180° from vac hose.
Leaving chips/shavings in the cut path leads to the bad finish I see on so many of these poorly machined lowers.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 9:43:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Cressida:


Use option 1 & 2 together.
Make an attachment for the shop vac hose, and one for a small air jet mounted 180° from vac hose.
Leaving chips/shavings in the cut path leads to the bad finish I see on so many of these poorly machined lowers.
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Exactly why I only get maybe half a pass before I clean up shavings. I used a shop vac to capture as much as possible. This was a first try. Turned out good. Now I will think on how I want to build a more useful setup for the next one.
It was fun to do and I’ve nothing but praise for the 5D Tactical jigs.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 12:29:32 PM EST
I have two German Shepherds that collect many of the shavings in their coats, the rest I vacuum and vacuum and vacuum and vacuum... there are still plenty of shavings.  I'm resigned to the fact that I'll never totally rid my house of the shavings.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 2:21:55 PM EST
Those little aluminum shavings can be sharp and they hurt if you get them embedded into your feet.
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 3:26:41 PM EST
Last time I did some “home machining” I built a mini paint booth
I framed up a cube with 2x4s and covered with plastic sheeting.
Overlapping flap door. Worked very well
Link Posted: 1/21/2021 3:26:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Leonitus:
Last time I did some “home machining” I built a mini paint booth
I framed up a cube with 2x4s and covered with plastic sheeting.
Overlapping flap door. Worked very well
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Exactly what I was thinking about doing...maybe on a smaller scale.
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 2:12:59 AM EST
https://www.ar15.com/forums/AR-15/5D-Tactical-MILL-BOX-Gen2-was-MILL-BOX-thread-got-disappeared-/4-747238/https://www.ar15.com/forums/AR-15/5D-Tactical-MILL-BOX-Gen2-was-MILL-BOX-thread-got-disappeared-/4-747238/
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 2:43:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SoftwareJanitor:
Those little aluminum shavings can be sharp and they hurt if you get them embedded into your feet.
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Aw, you get used to it.
In the summer, when I'm out in the shop, machining something, I'm barefoot...
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 9:44:51 PM EST
You mean you're not supposed to just cover everything with swarf?

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Link Posted: 1/26/2021 10:38:35 PM EST
Damnit, you posted a picture of the secret attachment that machinists use to keep chips from fouling a surface finish.

Everything I've seen in this section has had chatter marks....
Wait, your not using a router?
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