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Old Sep 08, 2012, 09:34 AM
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Well if you already have one and it works for you, then that's good!

Now if I had one already, I might some day take it all apart and use the plastic pieces as patterns, cast the parts in alumunum, or even Zamac. Assuming they have enough draft and thickness, and aren't undercut. Or replace a few of the critical parts with parts cast from wooden patterns, if they did have those problems. Often parts are honeycombed or hollow that don't need to be, if, unlike the manufacturer, you aren't concerned with materials cost. Just make a simple pattern and cast them solid.

If you go slow, you might be able to drill or machine some or all of those parts on the plastic thing itself, and re-build it. An interesting makeover job, and I'm sure you'd come up with improvements as you used it.

To me the most interesting thing about it would be replacing it with something it made of itself.
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