Ken’s Tips from the Workbench

kenBrooksby AGI Gunsmithing Instructor Ken Brooks,
owner of PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This time Ken Brooks demonstrates his techniques for the correct use of wire wheels for gunsmithing. What’s more important, he also tells you what NOT to do! 

5 Responses to Ken’s Tips from the Workbench

  1. Wire wheels come in many sizes and materials. A hobbyist might have a 6 inch grinder with a wire wheel on one side and a silicone carbide wheel for sharpening drill and or lathe bits.
    An 8 or 10 inch wheel is better when production is called for, when time is a concern because you charge by the hour or by the job.
    Ideally your shop will have at least two grinders or arbors so you can keep the tool bit grinder setup and ready with a well dressed stone.
    You grinder might have a buffing wheel on one side and a wire wheel on the other so rust can be removed quickly and then a rough cutting abrasive on the cloth wheel to actually polish the piece being worked on.
    A note on cleaning files with the wheel. Load chalk in you new files and card your files often and re-load the chalk.
    Have a selection of wire wheels, with fine to wire to heavy wire for use on badly rusted parts, before welding to remove paint and rust.

  2. As Jim stated, Wire wheels come in many sizes and materials. I see that the wheel that you’re using in the video has twisted bundles of wire. Some wheels have relatively straight wires coming off of the hub. My question is, what is your most used type of wheel and why? Also, do you prefer a stiffer, thicker wire than a thinner softer wire?
    Thanks, I really learn a lot from your tips.

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