Making keys (was Re: [rescue] Serial console on IBM RS/6000 250?)

Patrick Finnegan pat at
Sun Feb 22 15:09:01 CST 2004

Phil Stracchino declared on Sunday 22 February 2004 03:15 pm:
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2004 at 03:11:29PM -0500, Dave McGuire wrote:
> >   I lived next door to a [non-apprentice] locksmith for years. 
> > Many (most?) Medeco blanks are ones that the company WILL NOT SELL
> > to anyone not on file as having permission to buy them.  If you
> > have the machine (and that's a big "if"), you still won't have the
> > blanks.
> What's so special about Medeco blanks?  Is there something about them
> that would preclude duplicating one and making your own blanks on a
> CNC milling machine?

That brings back bad memories of me trying to "duplicate" a key with a 
plaster-cast mold several years ago.  While it's probably *possible* it 
really doesn't make any sense.  And it doesn't help this guy out since 
he doesn't have the original to make a copy of...

BTW, no, I just gave up on trying the plaster mold.  I couldn't get the 
key to come out of the mold quite properly.  I guess plaster molds just 
aren't meant for stuff that small/precise.

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