zodiaceng I've gotten a lot of emails and comments about these bike tools that @paulalfaro made since we last posted them. If you're still looking for one he has one available right now on here. Head over to his page for more info. 1w

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zodiaceng Huge thanks to @kennametal today for the pizza! There are a few things here at the shop I couldn't live without, pizza being one and great tools being the other. I don't do a huge amount of turning here lately, but nearly every part I make on the lathes are turned with Kennametal inserts. Be sure to give them a follow on here. Thanks for everything! 2w

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zodiaceng Skipping some of the proprietary milling steps, but these are done in three ops. 10" hollows are completely milled. Once milling is complete they go straight in the oven for heat treating. No additional hand work has been done to the hollows on these. Photo shows blades post heat, cryo and temper cycles. Zero distortion and very little discoloration, not bad for an EvenHeat. Next step is surface grinding to final thickness which will also remove the blend lines around the hollows and flipper tab. 2w

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zodiaceng Now that the blades are finished, let's go over some of the steps. Starting off with 3/16" CPM154 from @trugritinc we rough surface ground down to .210" leaving .005" over final size each side. 2w
  •   buildradstuff Ah! I understand now. Thank you. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @buildradstuff no problem. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @kingbob13 its a typical surface grinder with a 2x72" belt conversion. Contact wheel on the spindle and a tracking/tension wheel above. Hogs like hell with the right belts and finishes just as good as wheels with the right finish belts. I have a dedicated surface grinder with wheels still but I use the belt grinder the most. 2w
  •   permandesinc Is the contact wheel pretty true though on a set up like this? 2w
  •   zodiaceng @permandesinc I true it up every so often especially after a lot of hogging. Just throw a lathe turning tool on the magnet and turn the wheel down until it completely cleans up. 2w
  •   permandesinc Suweeeet 2w
  •   veco_technologies Hey @zodiaceng I'm located in fresno ca. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @veco_technologies nice! Dig your work man. Thanks for sharing! 2w

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zodiaceng Light Scotch-Brite and she's ready for the flip. Keeping all the feedlines on these wherever possible. 2w
  •   45auto1911 @zodiaceng Been good! Haven't had much time in the shop lately... - Your framelocks look like they are coming along nicely! I can only dream about doing a folder project some day! 2w
  •   zodiaceng @45auto1911 thank you! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Would love to see what you come up with! 2w
  •   45auto1911 @zodiaceng I really appreciate that Ken. When I'm ready to take the plunge, I'll definitely want to pick your brain. 2w
  •   thecoachbuilder Damn 2w
  •   taclites Looks great nice work. I love making knives more than anything 2w
  •   jerjr14 @zodiaceng thanks! They look really nice, I want to see the final product and when are they going on sale. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @taclites same here! It's been so much fun. Still my first year of knife making. Really want to explore more lights. Made some flashlights a few years back that were a ton of fun but really want to do something new. 2w

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zodiaceng External details finished. Next op, internal details. What's your preference on lock bar reliefs, inside the frames or outside? 2w
  •   paulo_balzano Unless your slabs are flat ie no contour/ large chamfering, the relief will need to be on the outside,but you know this. Location of the relief in order to hit the proper engagement angle is usually overlooked but from with I see you have taken that into consideration which I'm not surprised to see from you. 2w
  •   lockedknives Outside is inherently stronger, no doubt.. But its pretty miniscule, so i say it's design driven either way. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @hardingehack @wiggzero9 @lockedknives @howzithowzit I prefer the outside aesthetically as well as putting the point of rotation as close to the blade as possible for angle engagement. Feel like with it on the inside the lockbar bends too high away from the blade. I cut the external features first since everything is cut loose from the internal side. Critical dimensions/etc are all it from the inside so the only blending really is the fillet to the profile. There are certain details inside that make fixturing more difficult if done inside first then outside. You'll see as I post more photos later. 2w
  •   wiggzero9 You could also add a chamfer to the side closest to the pivot to help make pulling it out easy. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @wiggzero9 I don't think I follow. Can you explain a bit more? 2w
  •   wiggzero9 On your relief you can chamfer it. On some knives with the relief on the outside the pocket clip and the relief line up just right that they grab the seam of your pocket and make it difficult to get out. Just something to look for. Even my strider gets caught because of it 2w
  •   zodiaceng @wiggzero9 ah gotcha! Seen some dudes do that. These are getting a heavy tumble that rolls the edge a bit and being done with a 1/4" BEM there's no vertical wall so pants don't really catch on the edges. For this specific model I think if anything I'll surface a small fillet around it that accents how round and smooth everything else is. 2w

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zodiaceng May not look like much yet but finally had a chance to squeeze these 6Al/4V frames in over the weekend. Figure I start the photos at the very beginning even though they are finished. I'll post a WIP on these since it's something I can actually show for once around here. Hope everyone has been well! 2w

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zodiaceng Double station vices are the best thing to happen to the Fadal. Working primarily on small parts here the capacity has been doubled, which will save huge amounts of time on tool changes as well as allowing more operations to be setup at a time. While these vices may seem like overkill for my little mill, they are the exact thing I've needed to maximize what little space I have in here. Glad to have number two paired up! Eric keeps improving on these vices and I'm proud to watch Orange Vice grow! 1mon
  •   makinmorestuff Nice setup. I've had the Orange vice bug for a while but not the cash to do it. I would have to buy two to make it worth while and I've been busy buying other tools instead. Orange is a good vice to have. 1mon
  •   taclites I need a new vise and I was considering and orange over a Kurt. How does 1 live without that Haimer a must once you have used 1? 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @taclites Orange & Haimer are a great pair! Just be sure to get a couple extra tips for the Haimer. Trust me 1mon
  •   multitaskertools Can you answer your email please? 3w
  •   memachine_co Definitely wAnting to get these vices 2w
  •   finncustomknives $$$$ so sick 2w
  •   zodiaceng @memachine_co @finncustomknives get some! Without question the best vices available. 2w

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zodiaceng I love this place. I spend more time here than at home so figure may as well make it feel like home. Spent most of last night dialing things in, inspired by @firehouse_fabrication recent post. 1mon

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zodiaceng When I bought my Fadal, the previous owner threw in two 6" Kurt vices. They were beat to hell, holes and tool paths in the sliding jaws and all four hard jaws were different thicknesses and heights. I've since upgraded to @orangeviseofficial and put the Kurts aside, but want to get these things in shape and pay it forward. First up, surface grinding all four hard jaws to a matched set. 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @philipmonday absolutely! Trying to rid my shop of as much cheap import stuff as possible, especially stuff where the "mfg" lies about origin. 1mon
  •   philipmonday I hear that. @zodiaceng I'm lucky to be in a small job shop and everything is all USA made and everything we buy is US also. Just like Starrett. My calipers were China. I gave them away for that reason. Never used once. 1mon
  •   burgessmotorsports @zodiaceng I am going to have to come by one of these days you got lots of cool toys to drool over 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @burgessmotorsports anytime! 1mon
  •   adam_4130 I need a newer vice for my bridgeport. I have an old Rutland vice from way back. 1mon
  •   atrokz How you liking that belt set up? Only ever used wet and dry surface grinders 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @atrokz I love it! I have two SG's. This one on 2x72 belts and one still on wheels. I keep the one on wheels for stuff like necking down endmills mainly. Building a fixture for grinding lock faces for folders. Belt conversion is dialed, can hog ten thou easily and keep heat down with the right belts. Use it for surfacing all my blades. Works especially good when the stock is way oversize. Nearly as fast as milling it down then finish grinding. 1mon
  •   bmp1785 Any finished pics? 2w

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zodiaceng Slash Squad, from a couple weeks back with @paulalfaro. @whatever_louie you gotta join next time. Anyone else into RC? 1mon

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Scout Fixed Blade - 7.00" OAL, 3.25" blade length, .220" thick heat & cryo treated CTS-XHP.
Classic Slingshot - 3/8" thick 7075 aluminum with Trumark RR2 Heavypull Powerbands.

Both wear 1/8" thick smooth G10 held in place with chainring bolts. Oil treated TiAlN PVD coating on blade and slingshot frame. #usnstagram #usnfollow #madeinusa #americanmade #madeincalifornia #knifemaking #slingshot #fixedblade #ctsxhp #knifefanatics #knifeporn #7075 #instamachinist
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zodiaceng One of two ZE Pizza Cutters in the wild! @ditchmatt with two of my favorite things, pizza and metal. What kind of pizza would you cut with yours? 2mon

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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! 2mon
  •   lockedknives Used to use these a lot, freaking excellent for aluminum. Need to make a set for this One-Lok vise 2mon
  •   finncustomknives How well did they work? 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @finncustomknives I love them so far! Picked up the Talon Jaws and stop from Travers and the jaws themselves from Monster Jaws. Not including time I've got about $80 into them. 2mon
  •   finncustomknives How thin of a part can it grab? 2mon
  •   zodiaceng They stand .060" out of the top of jaws. You can grab thinner but the clamps will stick out the top @finncustomknives 2mon
  •   zodiaceng Make sure you get the steel jaws from Monster. 2mon
  •   beigepower @zodiaceng have you been happy with them? Been thinking about making it happen 1mon
  •   zodiaceng @beigepower absolutely! Highly recommended. 1mon

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2mon zodiaceng
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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. 2mon

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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! 2mon

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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! 2mon

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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! 3mon

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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. 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @kalpay I've always just run it to keep any dust down as well. Ran a ton of carbon before that turned the entire mill black including the coolant but haven't had any issues with G10. 3mon
  •   ignissanat Any chances for BWB-O1T anytime soon? @zodiaceng 3mon
  •   mikecentola @zodiaceng hey bro we land at like 1230 or something. I'll DM u my number 3mon
  •   tacticalkeychains can you email me, I'd like to know who Dennis is 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @ignissanat it's an on and off again project. Haven't had anytime lately to finish them up but hopefully later this month I'll have some available or at least closer to being finished. 3mon
  •   ignissanat Can't wait for it since i've lost mine 13 months ago @zodiaceng 3mon
  •   memachine_co Good shot 1mon

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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. 3mon
  •   tacticalkeychains You do need my sticker on your mill tho - email tacticalkeychains at the gmail and I'll send you a few :) 3mon
  •   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. :) 3mon
  •   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. 3mon
  •   tacticalkeychains Related? yeah email me, very interested! 3mon
  •   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 3mon
  •   tonyclouser Clean machine Bro ! 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @tonyclouser thanks Tony! Parker seems to be everywhere. There's a location not too far from here as well. 3mon
  •   socalistunner805 I get the simpk 2mon

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