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Glass bead cabinet I can "borrow" for about 20 minutes?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Creeper, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Howdy,

    Is there anyone in the Federal Way area, up or down the I-5 Corridor, that would let me come by and use their glass bead cabinet for a little bit?
    I have a SS 1911 frame and slide that I need to refinish. I had to sell my cabinet and compressor last year when I got cancer... and now that I'm better and rebuilding a gun, I got no darn cabinet! :bawling:

    Be happy to pay for the glass (I'll need fresh glass if you've been using it for ferrous metals), electricity, your time while you're standing around watching me... maybe even bring a delicious Mac Ds lunch for two. :laugh:

    PM me if you're in a sharing mood. Thanks!

    Cheers,
    C
     
  2. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    No takers huh? OK... Mac Donalds lunch and a 6 pack of your choice. I don't drink, so it's all you. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, unless I just got lucky, I didn't think their would be any takers. Most folks, unless they are mechanics, machinists or heavy into gunsmithing, don't own a bead blast cabinet.

    Cheers,
    C
     
  3. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    This may be a long shot but try contacting some local high schools and community colleges. If they have an auto shop or offer any kind of vocational training they may have a bead blast machine you could use for a “donation” to their program (money, time, advice, guest speaker spot, etc.).

    It’s worth a try.
     
  4. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Thanks for thinking of me PhoneMan... I considered that, but unless it's a trade school with a gunsmithing program where firearms on campus are allowed, that's probably not going to fly.
    Chances are, I'd be breaking the law to walk a 1911 frame onto any school property... slide maybe, but not a frame.

    I've got a nice Scotchbrite/polished billboards and controls finish going on right now... so the gun looks pretty good, but a nice glass matte where the Scotchbrite finish is would look better.

    Quick story. A few decades ago, I taught motorcycle mechanics at a school in Phoenix. On weekends, myself and another instructor would use the machine shop facilities to modify and make gun parts... but that campus was a privately owned facility, and the no one gave a crap what we did. In fact, I used to make floating hand guards for some local cops AR-15s... out of aluminum shock absorber bodies. ;)

    Cheers,
    C
     
  5. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Boy. I completely forgot about the “zero tolerance” PC crap we deal with these days (I guess that shows my age).

    Back when I was in school (or, as my daughter describes it, when cavemen roamed the earth) our shop teachers begged for any real-world people to come in and provide insight to their students. They gladly made equipment and resources available for free to entice folks to come in and provide fresh perspectives.

    How did we get this far from where we started in this country?

    Good luck with your quest.

    Brian
     
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  6. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Mmmm... an unwillingness to take personal responsibility... "participation awards" for just being a mouth breather... espousing freedom while being perfectly willing to take that freedom from others because they aren't just like you.

    How am I doing so far? :violinist:
     
  7. Phil218b

    Phil218b Oregon City Member

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    A long shot but if you are ever in Portland area let me know I have one and new glass I would be happy to let you use.
    Phil
     
  8. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hope you can find someone close by. Looks like us Oregonians can help but we are too far away.
    May God bless us all,
    Mike
     
  9. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Thanks Phil and bruzer. Hey Phil... thanks for the offer. Doubtful I'll be taking that drive any time soon, but I do appreciate it.

    Cheers,
    C