zodiaceng Third week into this and things are going well. Plan was to be here during the day only but in order to catch up on things it's been an all day and night gig so far, figured that would happen. The pile of work is getting smaller and packs are shipping so keep an eye out. I've been slow to respond the past couple weeks but in order to handle the actual work I can't be on my phone all day answering text requests for updates. Existing customers please email me any questions, requests, etc to ken@zodiaceng.com. For all other inquires please email info@zodiaceng.com or fill in the form on www.zodiaceng.com Thanks! 1mon

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2mon zodiaceng
Normal Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng Closing up after the first official day of being completely self employed here at ZodiacEng. After ten plus years of doing this on the side, I've left my day job and gone at it . Delays on my end for customers, the constant feeling of wasting time at the day job and overall desire to simply be here making awesome stuff for cool people pushed me to leave the security of the day job but I couldn't be happier. To all my customers and followers, I truly appreciate your support and patience along the way. This move to full time here should help things speed up and run a lot better. Thanks! 2mon
  •   turpinknives Grats Ken. Doing what you love is the only way to go. I remember going full time with knife making. Was a scary leap and I am not going to lie. It was tough at times, but I wouldn't have done it any different. Feel fortunate to be able to make a living at something I have a passion for. It is a rare thing and not many people get to experience it unfortunately. All the best you are going to kill it. 1mon
  •   msb_03 Good luck u will be missed here at work. 1mon
  •   mmc_engineer Same here today...good luck man on other side of world 1mon
  •   john_spartan_81 @zodiaceng Congrats brother!!! 1mon
  •   helmstreet Awesome!!! 1mon
  •   grassblade23 That is awesome! Good luck! 1mon
  •   handbuiltwheels @gilescarson this is one of my personal friends who has a shop here in orange... maybe he could help make some of the components for the frame building if we work locally? 1w
  •   gilescarson @handbuiltwheels I think that's a great idea. Let's definitely talk about that. 6d

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zodiaceng Solid day. Anyone else still working tonight? The parts from a few days ago are back from hard anodize, Type III Class 2 MIL-A-8625 then went into the mill for final engraving. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @cncreef not these. I can DM you details if you're interested. Used to use EMBEE but haven't in about four years. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @ericgmbh crazy small world man! 2mon
  •   ericgmbh @zodiaceng even more odd was bs to called you out of the blue then @multitaskertools told me to call you too and I didn't know it was the same person lol 2mon
  •   cncreef @zodiaceng it is a crazy small world. I do mostly powder these days but used to do a lot of type III. DM me soon we have a lot to chat about 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @popeofwelding finished up these supercharger components and made a stack of knives I unfortunately can't post photos of. More knives this weekend! 2mon
  •   prometheusdesignwerx @zodiaceng Awesome work Ken 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @prometheusdesignwerx thanks man! 2mon
  •   seanmiksys @zodiaceng hope all is well on your new adventure. Only thing I can tell you is be easy in the hours. Once you start living there and only go home for showers you will start to resent it! But that took my four years to get there. Only the last year was rough. But been making some changes the last few months and couldn't be happier. But I'm in a rut now of ... New 3axis with large travel in the spring. Or wait a year and a half and go with full 5 that I can still use as my large three with tilt head and C built into table. 1mon

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zodiaceng Helios! #nationaldogday 2mon

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zodiaceng Good to be back up and running again. First parts off the mill in the new shop. Op1 complete shown. 5.25" x 2.50" x 1.00" 6061. 2mon
  •   john_spartan_81 @zodiaceng No Problem! 2mon
  •   alfredlyon Always the best work my friend!! You do know that Fadal is back , right? Newer, faster, stronger than before. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @alfredlyon all roughing on the first op and the second side rough and face was done with the Shear Hog with the new inserts. Works so well! Yeah I saw that. All I've really seen is a few vans with a Fadal logo though haha. Haven't seen anything specific as far as machines go. I know the original owner is doing his own thing making mini mills and lathes now too. 2mon
  •   alfredlyon That's great! I know that you have struggled with the shear-hog. I'm glad that it is working for you now. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @alfredlyon mainly just with how the dudes were using it at my day job. I've had good results with it at my shop but I've been working with a beat insert ever since. Should have ordered more sooner but these ones are killer. Would like to talk sometime about some recommendations from you as far as speeds go mainly for plunging/etc. It kicks ass though! 2mon
  •   alfredlyon For sure. Ramping only though with all but the single fluters 2mon
  •   rickcheck Very nice machining brotha 2mon
  •   kalpay Missed this one. Very clean. 2mon

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2mon zodiaceng
Normal Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng My buddy @paulalfaro is doing a giveaway this week for one of his American made CPM154 bike tools. Featuring a 1/4" bit driver, 1/4" & 6mm hex key, spoke wrench, tire lever and bottle opener. Head over to his profile for more information on the tool and how to enter! 2mon

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3mon zodiaceng
Lo-fi Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng Amazing shop! More manual machines than I've ever seen in one place. @alfredlyon is a wizard on the control. I think he can program faster on the control than I can on CAM. Thanks for the tour! 3mon

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zodiaceng Enjoying this much needed vacation, but looking forward to being back in the shop to finish up some things for G6. Who else is going this year? 3mon
  •   ntijess Can I get some stickers? ? 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @ntijess absolutely! I'm lagging on sending some out but when I get back from vacation I'll get them all out. DM me your address. 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @kalpay the 6th annual USN Gathering. USN is a forum based around gear and knives mainly. Members getting together. 3mon
  •   daily_badass Wow 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @daily_badass measuring the blade thickness at the edge of the primary bevel straight out of the mill. 2mon
  •   johngrimsmoknives I'll be there. Let's make sure to meet up! 2mon
  •   kalpay I think today was the last day but these were on sale for $107. 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @kalpay damn that's a steal! 1mon

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zodiaceng Stop one! One of the most dialed shops I've been to in years. Check out @kalpay and @d_lee_z for more photos. Thanks dudes! 3mon
  •   yetiman01 You cruzin the bay? I am in Oakland 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @yetiman01 yeah. We're in Auburn for the next day or so then Napa area. Heading into SF in a few days then thru Oakland to get home. 3mon
  •   yetiman01 Swing on by if you got time and passing thru Berekely... Just moving in 3mon
  •   zodiaceng Would love to if we're in the area. I'll DM you my number 3mon
  •   multiaxis You should swing by grass valley. 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @multiaxis they are about 15 miles from where I'm staying for the next couple days 3mon
  •   crazywhitemachinist I gotta admit @kalpay runs one clean shop 3mon

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3mon zodiaceng
Normal Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng Still 3 lathes, 2 mills, 1 surface grinder and a ton of misc to go but the work horse has landed. 3mon
  •   ooooh_gurrrr Where in orange are you located at I work in machine shop in San dimas 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @doug_davis Old Towne Orange 3mon
  •   ooooh_gurrrr I know where that is 3mon
  •   finncustomknives Well if even you have the harbor freight bandsaw I guess I made a decent purchase lol 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @finncustomknives throw a nice blade on it and you're set! Cut all sorts of material, shapes and sizes with it and it's always worked. 3mon
  •   finncustomknives I grabbed a bimetal from there as well. For 25 bucks it's worth the shot to see how long it will last cutting titanium and carbon fiber 3mon
  •   zodiaceng Should work out well. @finncustomknives McMaster had a great selection as well. 3mon
  •   autodrill Nice and bright. Excellent... <jealous a bit too> 3mon

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zodiaceng That's a wrap! Finished spinning this guy up while the mill was running the last few parts before the riggers come grab the mill. 50mm diameter, 40mm width, 4.1mm gap, @onedropyoyos 10ball bearing, @clyw Snow Tire response system and @alphaknifesupply 1/4" knife pivot for the axle system. 3mon

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3mon zodiaceng
Normal Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng This may be the best part about the new shop. Solid little brewery next door. 3mon

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3mon zodiaceng
Sutro Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng Sherline kicking ass. Not bad for a 30lb lathe. Anyone else still working? 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @seanmiksys was there until 3:45, been up for an hour and will be back to my day job shortly until 5:30 then home for an hour then right back at my shop until about 3-4 again. 3mon
  •   seanmiksys @zodiaceng I did that for a year and a half when I was a mechanical engineers at Bosch before I went full time alone. Now days Bosch is my second biggest customer. Makes me laugh when I think about it. 3mon
  •   jmbaker57 Nice finish! 3mon
  •   davey_a_mang Omg your hands are so dirty. 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @seanmiksys that's the plan, aside from running my day jobs stuff at my shop. This double shift is draining, but all worth it. 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @jmbaker57 thanks! 3mon
  •   kalpay Dang, that's amazing. 3mon
  •   harukitamesue @davey_a_mang lol at "dirty hands" 2mon

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zodiaceng After two years at our current spot, Gibson and I are upgrading. Cleaner building, nicer location and way more space! Received the keys today and will be moving in over the next two weeks. Thanks for all your support guys! 3mon

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zodiaceng Helios! Best dude just turned 6! 4mon

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zodiaceng Another successful trip to Kern River. What did you guys do in celebration of our Independence Day? 4mon

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zodiaceng Just in time for this camping trip to Kern! @onedropyoyos x @clyw Summit in @yoyoexpert anodize. Thrown cheaper plastic for as long as I can remember but nothing has ever come anywhere close to spinning as long or stable as this Summit. The machine work on it is flawless and anodize is amazing! Great work guys! Looking forward to throwing this between cycles at the mill. 4mon

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zodiaceng 100% American Made BMX Tool! Made out of CPM154 stainless, featuring a 6mm hex key, 1/4" hex driver, tire lever, spoke wrench and bottle opener. Tool design and photo by @paulalfaro Be sure to head over to his page and follow him for more details. 4mon

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zodiaceng Can't beat the classic lines of a JMB 1911! Shown with our new pocket tool. Functions as a bottle opener, bushing wrench and key hanger. 4mon
  •   74_bobber I have those rosewood hogue grips on my Kimber 1911. 1911s are awesome. 4mon
  •   danny_4130 My SA 1911 is so plain compared to that beauty above . 4mon
  •   jaredlodholz Like the new tool, keep us updated on where to grab one, when available 4mon
  •   grassblade23 I want one. 4mon
  •   mh_sucio Lemme know lemme know! 4mon
  •   zodiaceng @bladehq Running a batch if these in CTS XHP if you're interested. Would love to have them at BHQ 4mon
  •   austinwoodall13 I like that one. 3mon

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4mon zodiaceng
Normal Ken Spaulding
zodiaceng Anyone else still working tonight? Throwing a chamfer on the Glock 27 slide window. 4mon
  •   zodiaceng @jerjr14 Cerakote 4mon
  •   nonameavaibl Yes please 4mon
  •   urbanguerillaclothing I wouldn't mind getting my G17's slide milled. 4mon
  •   john_spartan_81 Just got home from a 14hr day at work, the grind over for today. Back at it at 6am tomorrow 4mon
  •   gypsycabdriver I need you to work in my 19 slide soon. 4mon
  •   _lasereye_ How is your C10 coming along? 4mon
  •   zodiaceng @_lasereye_ haven't had time to work on it in a few months. Wanted to get it at least on the road for this weekends truck show but doubt that's going to happen with how much is going on in the shop lately. 4mon
  •   _lasereye_ Busy is a good thing. 4mon

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