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Unread postAuthor: gwoloshyn » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:57 pm

Is this possible? Since I don't want to wait for bondo to dry and I cant find any thick enough material.
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:58 pm

umm, bondo doesnt take too long to dry. anyway, i think you can (ive never made one), but it has to be a hard wood like ash or oak.
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Unread postAuthor: iPaintball » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:02 pm

Most sheet plastics work extremely well, but a wooden one would work. Just make sure you use hardwood. There's this type black wood that grows Africa that is so dense, it sinks in water. Now THAT would be a good wood to use.
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Unread postAuthor: DYI » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:15 pm

I think you are talking about ebony, but for what it would cost you, you could have a vortex block machined out of a solid chunk of titanium, and still have some money left over for ammo.
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:36 pm

Wood will work fine. As was mentioned above, hardwood will last longer, but chances are you're not going buy enough bbs to actually wear a block down (especially if they are airsoft bbs).

I think you are talking about ebony, but for what it would cost you, you could have a vortex block machined out of a solid chunk of titanium, and still have some money left over for ammo.


If I had a bunch of money to spend on a block, I would opt for something a little harder than titanium (Tungsten? or maybe a solid diamond block with carbon nanotubes woven through it :) ).
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Unread postAuthor: singularity » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:40 pm

well you could always buy a acrylic one from noname or you can take a bunch of standard thickness lexan (the stuff that you can find at homedepot its like 1/8 thick or something) and just layer it like 5 sheets held together with CA glue. if you use a vice to squeeze the pieces together to you can actually make the CA glue crystallize which creates an incredibly strong bond.
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Unread postAuthor: Spudinator » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:51 pm

Heh, I'd go with Tungsten Carbide myself (Rockwell 79-81 :P ). Yah, wood will do it for you, I've made one myself from wood (if I recall correctly it was made of Oak), and it worked great. I guess you could take a 4x4 and turn it down on a wood lathe to the right diameter, but from there be very careful with your cuts, make sure you take the time to lay your cut marks out very well, and use sharp new tools to make the cuts. I'd suggest a Forstner drill bit for the vortex hole, they make very clean accurate holes.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:59 pm

This topic is pretty much over now. Gwoloshyn, I'll mail you the block this week.
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Unread postAuthor: DYI » Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:47 pm

Heh, I'd go with Tungsten Carbide myself (Rockwell 79-81 ).

Yeah, I would too if I had unlimited funds. Quite a bit more expensive than titanium I think (and a lot denser). I can imagine a tungsten carbide block costing over $150, and it would be a real b!tch to machine too.
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