zodiaceng Talon time! Picked up a set of Talons and modified a set of steel Monster Jaws this evening to accept them. Looking forward to trying this setup out. So far both products look great. Fit and finish on them is on point! 2d
  •   thecoachbuilder Hey, how are you doing ? @zodiaceng 2d
  •   e_graham What's up with the yoyos? 2d
  •   kalpay Dude, where's mine? 2d
  •   darinneagle The stops dont last heh. 1st time you mill over the grips you will see ;) I just line up my material with the edge of an insert by eye 2d
  •   carvesmart Too bad they don't have a quick change dovetail on them. 2d
  •   johngrimsmoknives Mitee Bite stuff rules! 2d
  •   hooligansteel Love my talons 2d
  •   lockedknives Used to use these a lot, freaking excellent for aluminum. Need to make a set for this One-Lok vise 2d

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zodiaceng Flash Sale! First "I'll take it" gets it. $265 shipped. 7" OAL .220" thick CTS-XHP with 1/8" thick G10. Medium texture G10 available upon request. This is the last one available from this small batch. Comes with Kydex and two soft snap belt loops. 4d

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zodiaceng Wrapping up some hardgoods for @relicbmx this week. Ashley is doing big things and has a great outlook on BMX. Nice to see that these days. Give them a follow! 6d

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zodiaceng Another RMR cut, this time for @toxicfab Depth setup to cowitness with Trijicon suppressor height sights. I really dig doing these! 2w

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zodiaceng Little slide work for this Saturday. Trijicon RMR cut on a Glock 19 slide with window detail up front to shed some weight. Next stop, PVD! 3w

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zodiaceng She's alive! Finishing up some G10 for the latest batch of fixed blades. Keep an eye on here this week for availability. 4w

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zodiaceng Much needed maintenance this week. This mill unfortunately doesn't have a waylube pump, so every six months it must be disassembled, cleaned and greased completely. I don't think the previous owner ever did this. This requires removing all way covers and crawling inside. While it was apart we ended up replacing a few parts and fixing a few things that had been bugging. Loose spindle belt, air filter and fuses. She spins way quieter, coolant pump issue fixed (computer related) and table is smooth as glass now. All this was sparked by the new vice arriving. Honestly wouldn't have tackled all this without the need to get this clean vice in a clean machine. Massive thanks to @paulalfaro for all the help! I wouldn't get anything done around here without him. 4w
  •   tacticalkeychains @lockedknives always keeping the good IGers to yourself I see! lol Careful @zodiaceng Rob has his pinky up now :P 4w
  •   tacticalkeychains You do need my sticker on your mill tho - email tacticalkeychains at the gmail and I'll send you a few :) 4w
  •   lockedknives @tacticalkeychains @zodiaceng and his cohort @paulalfaro are some of my favorite IGers, not sure how I found them TBH, but they're making cool stuff and doing it just about right. :) 4w
  •   zodiaceng @tacticalkeychains @lockedknives thanks guys! Brad, been meaning to talk to you. I think we may be related a bit closer than you think. I'll shoot you a DM right now would be good to chat a bit. 4w
  •   tacticalkeychains Related? yeah email me, very interested! 4w
  •   tonyclouser Parker has their hands in many things ... And they have Divisions everywhere . I was told Cleveland is headquarters . They have a motion control division about an hour south of me in Santa Rosa ... And then I keep driving down 101 and then over the Richmond bridge to another division . @kalpay @danny_4130 4w
  •   tonyclouser Clean machine Bro ! 4w
  •   zodiaceng @tonyclouser thanks Tony! Parker seems to be everywhere. There's a location not too far from here as well. 4w

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zodiaceng Back when this thing was still together. She's been apart way too long! Anyone else have any projects going? 4w

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zodiaceng Great shot of our Scout Fixed Blade in the Angeles National Forrest. Where would you take yours? Photo by @paulalfaro 1mon

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zodiaceng Today's been a pretty solid day at the shop. My buddy @cjem_tool stopped by with some PVD samples and this 17.5" double station vice from @orangeviseofficial showed up! Been drooling over these since Eric first started making them. Looking forward to ditching the haggard Kurt vices and dressing up the ol Fadal between the next setup. Anyone else get any new tools lately? 1mon

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1mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Flash Sale! First "I'll take it" gets it. $120, I'll cover shipping and Paypal fees. US customers only. Will DM with order info. 1mon

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1mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Let her eat! 4" saw from earlier hogging thru 6Al/4V! 1mon
  •   luisana_g83 Nice shot 1mon
  •   aaron.gough Are you running a Fadal mate? Hoping to get mine next week sometime, should be fun! 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @aaron.gough yeah, I have a 2004 Fadal EMC. 1mon
  •   aaron.gough @zodiaceng very cool! About 10 years newer than what I bought :) 1994 VMC10 for me, same as a VMC 15 just no enclosure. Will have an enclosure built by the sheet metal guys down the street I think! Got a great deal on mine, it had only done 1200 hours spindle time and I got it for $7k. Super stoked but of course plenty of money to spend yet on tooling, fixtures, and all the other sundries! First step is to get it into my shop and under power! 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @aaron.gough I highly recommend checking out @maritoolusa for holders. I use their holders exclusively. Very well made and great pricing. 1mon
  •   shapebicycles I well understand why you were a bit afraid before using this cutting tool; as you use it in titanium !! @zodiaceng 1mon
  •   aaron.gough @zodiaceng glad to hear you like Maritool, I was planning to buy all my tooling from them as I want to buy everything made in North America 1mon
  •   finncustomknives Integrals make me randy 1mon

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zodiaceng A little dual-tone this evening on round two of the Scout Fixed Blades. Acid stonewashed with polished flats How do you guys prefer your blade finishes? 1mon

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zodiaceng Another all nighter with the Fadal buzzing 6Al/4V in the background while @paulalfaro and I are hitting things on the manuals. Anyone else still working this evening? 1mon

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zodiaceng Our second batch of Scout fixed blades are almost ready. Keep an eye out after SHOT Show! Limited scale options will be available this run. 2mon
  •   jonathanrwegner Damn hot! Congrats 1mon
  •   420yet Damn I want one! 1mon
  •   aaron.gough @zodiaceng are the bevels on these all done on your fadal? They look great! Would love to see your setup for doing them! 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @aaron.gough the blades and scales are done complete on the mill. 1mon
  •   aaron.gough @zodiaceng very cool man! Gives me great hope for what I'll be able to do with my machine! 1mon
  •   eoscases This one 1mon
  •   pittfsae Great use of chainring bolts!!! 3w
  •   pittfsae Really makes the kinfe look sharp! Haha no pun intended 3w

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Rarely intimidated by tooling but this thing scares the hell out of me. Nightmares last night of the spindle being ripped from the ways and the building exploding. Time to touch her off and run these integrals! 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @itsa_jack it's not keyed. I may need to modify it and throw one in. Don't think it's the saw spinning on the mandrel but I've had stalling issues with this so far. Key may help. 1mon
  •   itsa_jack Key also poses a big risk of splitting the slitting saw if it binds . What's your chip per tooth/speeds? 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @itsa_jack that's what I've been thinking too. Rather have it slip than damage the spindle. 200SFM .0015" chipload. Bumped up to 300sfm today and burned the edges. 1mon
  •   itsa_jack Try less load per tooth if it doesn't sing, Maybe. Using coolant or cutting oil? 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @itsa_jack flooding with about 10% concentration. 1mon
  •   amrmachines I run quite a bit of slitting saws. Looks like around a 4" saw. I run them at 350rpm and feed at 6ipm without issue(around .0005" CL in mild steel), using a staggered tooth version saw though. Flooding it. That looks like the "Premium" arbor Mcmaster sells? Those were the source of many headaches for me. Peterson Flush arbors have solved a bunch of those headaches. Their Cat 40 holder is a beast. 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @amrmachines I was reading about those on Practical Machinist. Figure I can just key this one but my main issue is the low rpm overall. I have nearly no power that slow. The entire spindle is skipping doesn't look to be the saw in the arbor. Tried to run 300 two days ago and burned up the saw. Swapped to a coated one and still stalled. Ordered a carbide guy with less teeth that are also chamfered. Should be able to ramp up a big which will most likely help. Thanks for the input! I appreciate it man 1mon
  •   amrmachines No problem. Willing to bet any issues are coming from the arbor, not the saw. Had the same arbor, stalled it once and it bent the shank and was trash(didn't blow up the 1/16" thick saw though). The Peterson arbors operate off a expanding collet to center/hold the saw. Consider that thing one of the best tooling investments I've made. All the best to you 1mon

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Nominated by @atrokz for the #handdumpchallenge with everything I can rely on. Another late night here at the shop. Typical but this week has been like no other with SHOT Show coming up in one week. With vendors like @hlprecisiongrinding here to keep the mill fed with endmills thru the night I think we'll be good. Extremely happy with these so far. Eating XHP easily. Locally made and great pricing I nominate @kalpay @yetiman01 & @discommon 2mon
  •   atrokz Right on. Thats a good set up! 2mon
  •   gonzo99ngg You should follow this guy @tuffshack he is a local machinist like you 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @e_graham in going to run a batch most likely in February. Need to work out some weight and vibe issues but it's for the most part there. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @gonzo99ngg where are you guys located? 2mon
  •   gonzo99ngg @zodiaceng ...@tuffshack and his machine shop is located in Anaheim off of Miraloma and Blue gum and I @gonzo99ngg work for Orange County in Huntington Beach 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @gonzo99ngg damn that's real close! 1mon
  •   gonzo99ngg Ya @zodiaceng and my son works at a machine shop in Santa Ana called RS precision off of Grand Street near Edinger do you know a guy named Ken Abel? 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @gonzo99ngg I don't believe I know him. That shop is real close. 1mon

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zodiaceng Huge thanks to everyone of you for this past year! Support, friendships and overall experience has been nothing short of incredible. Happy New Year everyone! 2mon
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  •   meliton.villamor @zodiaceng lmao happy birthday my man!!!! we love u 2mon
  •   hlprecisiongrinding Nice work. If you're ever in need of tool cutting grinding services, special form tools or Solid Carbide End Mills .. I'd be glad to provide you with a quote. We manufacture new carbide end mills standards and special size , coated or uncoated. No minimum purchase necessary .. We also do our best to give the best price and deliver quality tools. Thanks... Keep us in mind . 2mon
  •   hlprecisiongrinding Luisana@hlgrinding.com 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @hlprecisiongrinding thanks for the info! I'm actually pretty close to you guys. Have a pile of endmills and drills that would be sweet if they were te sharpened. 2mon
  •   hlprecisiongrinding @zodiaceng that sounds great.. We pick up and deliver for free.. Just let me know when you're ready. 2mon
  •   hlprecisiongrinding @zodiaceng I can pick them up , take a look at them .. Send you a quote before we sharpen them. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng That would be rad! I'll take a look tomorrow and see what would be worth resharpening. Most of my tools are 1/4" and under. I go thru a ton of bullnose and ballends for knife work. Would be awesome to keep those alive rather than buying new everytime. I also have a ton of stuff that would be great if it were simply coated. I'm in Orange 92867 2mon

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zodiaceng Gear Hungry has been one of our favorite and most viewed websites lately. They recently did a write up on our Classic Slingshot and we couldn't be happier seeing it on their site. Give them a follow on here @gearhungry be sure to visit www.gearhungry.com Thanks! 2mon

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Added a few more of these to the store today. Link in my profile. Hope everyone is having a great night! 2mon

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