I have before identified Instructables user Mrballeng as a craftsman’s craftsman, and this latest offering only serves to reinforce that opinion. His work is not flashy or complex, but it’s always thought out with exacting detail and does amazing things with everyday materials. Here, he uses a mini-lathe to bore, swage, and align two .30-06 cartridge cases before soldering them together, at the joint, and fitting the guts of a refillable plastic click-pen inside. Cool stuff.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Anonymous

    and does amazing things with everyday materials.”

    Gotta ask:  In what world is a .30-06 shell casing an everyday material?  :)

    This is very nice work, and he does have some nice projects posted.

  • http://twitter.com/shermell Sherm Elliott

    My world.

  • http://twitter.com/halfvastcnsprtr Halfvast Conspirator

    TSA will love that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thedoyle William Doyle

    it is in my world!

  • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

    Yeah, it’s a very common rifle caliber.