True Bore Alignment System In-Depth

Also published on our sister site: Ultimate Reloader. If you’re working as a gunsmith on rifle barrels, actions, or related parts, chances are that you spend a lot of time with critical alignment. Every time you go to machine these parts you’ll need precise alignment with your lathe spindle. And these alignment tasks can eat […]

DRO Install on Precision Matthews PM-728V-T

No milling machine is complete without a DRO, and I’ve finally installed one on my Precision Matthews PM-728V-T! Now I can use this machine to its full potential! In this article I’ll give an in-depth review of the MagXact magnetic 3-axis DRO that’s optional with the Precision Matthews PM-728V-T. What’s In the Box Here’s all […]

How-To: Align Z-Axis Power Feed Install for Precision Matthews PM-949TV Mill

If you’ve run a Bridgeport-style vertical milling machine, you’ve probably worn your arm out cranking the table up and down. I know I have! And now it’s time to add a much-anticipated Z-Axis power feed for my Precision Matthews PM-949TV milling machine! What’s In the Box The ALIGN Z-Axis power feed comes with everything you’ll […]

Hands-On: NEW Precision Matthews PM-728VT Precision Bench Mill

I decided it was time to add another milling machine to my lineup! And this time I’d go smaller- I already have a Precision Matthews PM-949TV (9″ x 49″ Bridgeport clone), but for some jobs, smaller is better. It will also be nice to have a mill that I can leave setup for things like […]

ULTIMATE 6 Dasher PRS Rifle Build Start To Finish

Originally posted on our sister site Ultimate Reloader. After competing in a few PRS matches, I decided it was time to take my “rifle game” to the next level. I wanted something that would perform great at up to 1000 yards, have minimal recoil, and sport top quality components and parts. This article tells the […]

Precision Matthews PM-949TV Milling Machine: Overview and Tour

There are two pieces of machine shop equipment that are considered “essentials” for manual machine work: the metal lathe, and the milling machine. With these two machines, you can perform almost any common machining task. Here on Making with Metal, I’ve already posted a deep-dive on my Precision Matthews PM-1440GT metal lathe, and now it’s […]

Building the ULTIMATE Lathe Spider For Your Lathe

One of the first things I do when I get a new piece of machine shop equipment is to decide how I’ll “customize” the machine and organize all of the tooling. Machining is a very personal thing, and it’s therefore “just a part of the process” to get things dialed-in and setup the way the […]

Lathe Fundamentals 101: Lathe Safety

HERE IT IS EVERYONE! Lathe Fundamentals is officially underway, and I’m kicking it off with one of the most important topics, lathe safety! This series will span several years, and will be broken down into 100, 200, 300, and 400-level topics, each in a series. Please explore the navigation at the beginning and end of […]

Precision Matthews PM-1440GT Lathe In-Depth Walkthrough and Demo

For years I’ve wanted a high-precision engine lathe. It’s been something I’ve contemplated, considered, and shopped for on and off for about 15 years. It was precision rifle gunsmithing that finally motivated me to “do it”. It was painful to sell my Logan 11″x36″ lathe as I had put a lot of time and effort […]

Warner Swasey #2 Paint Job and Demo

Turret lathes are very handy to have when you have lots of cylindrical small parts to make- and don’t want to use CNC. In fact, for some jobs, a turret lathe can pretty much keep pace with a CNC lathe, and costs significantly less to acquire. I recenly had the opportunity to pick up a […]