A while back I was gifted a sheet of home made HDPE. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, so I waited until I was inspired to make something. On Saturday, inspiration hit. I had never worked with HDPE at this level before, but I will definitely be doing it again! It's a real pleasure to work with. Easy to cut, shape, and sand. Anyway, on with this tale!
I proceeded to make the HDPE sheet square and level (if you're like me and fortunate enough to have a miter saw and planer, this is easy). I drew the design on and went to the scroll saw, and after about 30 minutes had the frame roughed out. Then I went to the router table, and after the 3/4 round over bit was done the frame was all but shootable. I sanded the tips with 220 and 320, filed groves in place and put bands on it. I popped off a few shots tonight and was very pleased. I will be doing some more finish work tomorrow, but just wanted to be able to shoot it tonight. Check it out!
I do have a question for those who are more versed in table routers than I am. When working on the end of a curved handle, how do you prevent the router from taking a chunk out of the material you're working with? That's the one issue I have with mine regardless of the material I'm working with
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