DEC switch handles

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Sun Aug 26 03:16:37 CDT 2007

On Friday 24 August 2007 19:22, Tony Duell wrote:
> > I was looking at DIY molding ... 1 ounce of plastic at most.
> > But you need access to a machine shop ... None around here.
> > See here for the book.
> If that's the book I think it is, then I have it, and the machine
> certainly looks as though it should work. One day I intand having a go at
> making it (but I am short of circular tuits at the moment).
> Of course making the machine is only half the problem, you still have to
> make the mould.
> As regards a lack of machine shop, I am pretty sure David GIngery has
> written a set of books on making a machine shop from scratch. But my
> experience is that the people who can do this (a) have access to machine
> tools and more importantly (b) have been machinists for many years and
> thus have a lot of experience as to what is possible, what is imporatant,
> and so on. I don't feel many people could make a lathe from scratch
> having never used one.
> I buying a small-ish lathe totally out of the question for you? Yes, a
> good one is expensive, but it's versatile, and will last for a very long
> time with reaonable care.

Apparently this one can be built without a lot of machine tools and such:

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