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Thread: 12" scratch built cat

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    G10 is not the easiest material to machine. To do it right, you need diamond mills and constant-flow coolant; neither of which I have. So I'm experimenting with different materials. Wood seems to be the best option. It's cheap, readily available and easy to machine. I tried some pine first, but it just didn't yield the consistency needed. I tried some maple and while better, it still wasn't perfect. Walnut seemed to give the best results, but that was the extent of my hardwood inventory too.

    I'll dig around and see what else I can find, maybe rock hard maple like they use for guitar necks would be the ticket. That stuff machines really well.
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