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Making a set of bow weights - on the 9x20 CNC converted lathe

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Published on Apr 9, 2009

In this video I make a set of archery bow weights on my 9x20, then parkerize them to get a nice durable finish. I'm starting to get used to the carbide tooling a bit, taking deeper cuts and higher feeds is something I'm not used to on such a small lathe, but to get good surface finish on the steel it's a requirement. These parts were parkerized without any further sanding or polishing, and turned out great, very functional and not bad looking either.

The parts were made out of 1117 steel, a free machining steel which can be case hardened. It's not quite as easy to turn as 1215 steel, but it's definitely easier than 1018 or 1045 is.

The deepest cut on this takes 1" stock to 24mm in a single pass, or about 1.4mm off the diameter. It's not a small cut for this lathe.

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