swage block?

I got a swage block from Centaur Forge in as-cast condition. The
holes are pretty rough, basically just cored holes to be finished.
The round holes I can bore on the mill, but the square holes - yuk,
I'm going to have to finish these by hand, not having a neat EDM
machine or shaper or vertical slotting attachment available. Is
there some kind of trick to this job? The block is 4" thick, of
course, so handwork with a file is going to be a bit tedious.
Grant Erwin
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Grant Erwin
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How about broaching the holes?
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Walt Springs
A mini-air-belt sander. File mounted on a sawzall.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
Good music and files freshly returned from being sharpened at Boggs.
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Ecnerwal
I'd call them up and ask if that's all you get for your money. Maybe that's a bad swage block. Seems to me that after spending all that money you ought to be able to use it as-received. Sounds like more work than I'd want to do.
Pete Stanaitis ----------------
Grant Erw> I got a swage block from Centaur Forge in as-cast condition. The
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Pete & sheri
I decided to try an air file. I got the Florida Pneumatic one from MSC. It's made in Taiwan and looks a little cheesy but basically solid. It uses 4" files which have a 1/4" stroke. I'll post again when I find out how well it works.
GWE
Grant Erw> I got a swage block from Centaur Forge in as-cast condition. The
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Grant Erwin

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