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    Post by jake-owa on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:35 pm

    This looks like it would work for everything I would need to do for making basic crossbow parts.
    Is there any reason this would not work for both wood and metal parts. I know I can't mill stainless for beefy trigger parts but it should do bone nuts and basic metal for designing and building bows....dontcha think?

    http://www.smithy.com/index_inside.php?id=175

    I guess what I am asking is: are there any good reasons not to buy this thing for cutting stocks and metal for basic crossbows?
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    Post by Zardoz on Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:56 pm

    If you aren't going to use a piece of equipment for work every day, look toward Harbor Freight Tools for really low prices. I'm not sure if the milling machine is what you need, but Harbor Freight will save you a huge bundle of cash. The tool quality is good on some things, but bad on others. Read reviews of the individual tools.
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    Post by Basilisk120 on Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:08 am

    That looks like a decent Mill. It doens't have DRO's but I think that those come on higher price models and can be added latter if you want. I don't know why it couldn't do stainless if the feed rate was low enough.



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    Post by basileus on Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:03 am

    I use Qcad (http://www.qcad.org) for designing my crossbows. It's multi-platform (Windows, Linux, OSX), free (as in beer and as in speech), relatively intuitive and gets the job done. However, there's no substitute for Cardboard Aided Design when in comes to visualization. Except maybe making a full-size model from "easier to work with" materials.


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