Not for rifle work Art or at least that never entered into the decision to do so. It was because I have had a couple of knives to do that had fullers and the first two I did on the drill press which was very time consuming and risky the whole time it took to do and then there was a great deal of handwork to clean them up. For the next one I bought a small (read cheap) chinese alloy mill table but there was so much backlash and deviation that it was almost as bad as the previous effort so again nerve racking and time consuming and then there are the times when slitting pieces for stick tang knives and having just done a pair for a carving knife and fork set I simply do not want to carry on with ameturish tools and techniques. When I get it all together and learn how to drive it and as more tooling is aquired, I dare say there will be many other uses that will make the expense well and truly worth its purchase price.Garry, I've never known you to do things without good reason. What is your intended use of this new tool? I see where it can / will reduce the amount of hand work. Will you be able to use it for rifle stock work as well?
Appreciate the kind words Ray but I am just gratefull that I get to do what I have been thinking about and playing with for near 50 years and with the patronage of the forum member I have been able to progress to doing things I would never have thought to have triedGarry, If you aren't careful that "retirement hobby" of yours is going to turn into a full time job. But we are really glad that you are doing what you do- you are touching a lot of lives in a meaningful way.
Garry, it's nice to see that you are surrounded by Gentlemen.