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

Mauricio supremedalek at
Mon Feb 23 01:00:04 CST 2004

At 16:09 -0500 2/22/04, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>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.

	Dentists use a product that when dry becomes very malleable 
and can provide lots of details.  I believe they use it to copy teeth 
out of a mouth.

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