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I needed to make a handful of pistol props. I could have spent time designing for the CNC, but it was easier to make a master and then do pattern routing. I rough cut the blanks on the bandsaw, drilled the trigger guards on the drill press, then flush trimmed and rounded over on the router table.

In all, 6 were done in the same time it would have taken me to get a board on the CNC. If I had to do a bunch more I would probably use the CNC to rough cut the blanks, but rounding over is still faster on the router table.

Now I have to go and start painting!


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Can't argue with your logic. While it is tempting to use the CNC because I have one (OK two) the longer I've had it the more often I check myself with "Isn't there a simpler way?" before opening up Aspire to start the process. I'm currently teaching a summer class of furniture design and I'm the master of the CNCs we have in the college shop. With every student's project I see many times when they've asked "how to" I could answer "we can cut it on the CNC". Yet I've taught the same class for the last 45ish years with most of those years being before there was a CNC to use. I can usually answer those questions with several alternatives and let them pick any of those options. As I approach retirement I'm exercising my experience and only suggesting the CNC when there is no other reasonable option in our vast fab lab. Even if the option might take a little more time.
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Now the CNC may be involved later today..... Just because 31 inches is a pain to swing on my scroll saw. Haven't decided if it will be a stick or drum magazine yet


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Who are you doing these for, Doug?
 

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Last night's party was awesome, The Tommy Guns and Pistols were a hit for those who needed them to complete their outfits. They also made great souvenirs for those who wanted them. The Tommy Guns were CNC cut out of MDF, and the finish is cheap black spray paint for the black, and a quick coat of oil and wax mix on the bare parts to darken the look. I was worried that the finish wouldn't dry because it was so stormy and humid on Friday, but Saturday was beautiful and everything dried perfectly.


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Nicely done Doug.
 
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