Jeweling is pretty simple; it's just a series of overlapping circular polish marks. These swirls catch light and do a great job of hiding flaws, while looking pretty good to boot.
In my case, I didn't use anything fancy... just a flexible abrasive rubber tip originally designed for use in a Dremel type rotary tool. It was round, with a nice flat tip. I put a drill chuck in my mill and chucked the rubber bit in it.
I picked a starting point and brought the abrasive down against the steel (kind of like operating a drill press), creating a round polish mark. Then I raised the abrasive and used the mill's cross slide to move the bolt a small amount (somewhat less than the diameter of the polishing tip) before repeating the process. I kept track of how many cranks of the cross slide handle I made, to make it easy to uniformly space the polish marks.
As you can imagine, jeweling takes a fair amount of time and patience.
You don't need a mill to do this job. I'm sure it could even be done (very carefully) with a hand-held drill or Dremel, but a drill press would be a great boon and isn't all that hard to come by.
More of This Article
- Page 1: Jeweling the Extractor
- Page 2: Jeweling the Bolt
- Page 3: Bolt Shroud Before Modification
- Page 4: Bolt Shroud, Welded
- Page 5: Bolt Shroud, After
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 1: Before I Began Gunsmithing
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 2: Beginning The Work
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 3: More Gunsmithing Work
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 4: Modifying the Bolt Handle
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 5: Jeweling Bolt, Modifying Shroud
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 6: Shaping Trigger Guard, Finishing Chamber
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 7: Bedding Action, Fitting and Finishing Stock
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 8: Finishing the Metal Parts
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 9: Conclusion, Finished Rifle, Tools and Materials