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  1. Stang Bladeworks

    Ya know what grinds my gears?

    This has been a good read. I have a couple to add. 1. When you take the time to answer someone's questions and they dont reply. 2. When someone complains about pricing or tries to tell you what your pricing "should" be and what your material costs "actually" are. 3. When you make a listing...
  2. Stang Bladeworks

    How long will I make rookie mistakes?

    If I am doing a more complicated build like a framelock I will make a spreadsheet with every step detailed. Every time I finish a batch I make notes and refine the spreadsheet. It helps with minimizing unnecessary mistakes. It really frees up time for "necessary mistakes"...
  3. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    I figured I would update this thread as its been a while. I have received the machine and assembled it fully. I am having some issues and I am working through them with tormach. some of the issues were just me not knowing what I was doing (I am sure there will be more of those) and some I think...
  4. Stang Bladeworks

    What's going on in your shop?

    Had a pretty productive weekend. I ground 4 blades and completely finished off 3 framelocks. I have been working on these for a while.
  5. Stang Bladeworks

    What's going on in your shop?

    That dark etch looks great
  6. Stang Bladeworks

    Noob maker, lemme have it!

    Looks great man, keep up the good work. I think there has already been some great advice given here. I think the best way to improve is just keep making more. Compare them to each other and look for areas to improve. I think most guys are their own harshest critics. If you are truly happy with a...
  7. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    Thanks for the advice. For now I am looking to use waterjet to avoid having to write a program for every different size of stock I buy. My table isn't that large so I don't have the luxury of using larger sheets unless they are waterjet cut first to fit on fixtures. I like the idea of machining...
  8. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    this is where I'm at right now with the blade blanks.
  9. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    Hey Drew, Thanks for the reply. Someone recommended that I move the holes to be more in line with the center of the part. I was able to do that but I have no room for a third tab. I am using 2" bar stock and I can only get 2 blades in a 12" length. I never thought about using the pivot hole as...
  10. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    I am looking for some feedback or advice regarding my proposed process. I will attach a picture of my CAD. My intention is to get waterjet blanks cut at about .030" oversize and include locations to fasten them to a fixture plate with 1/4-20 bolts. What I am unsure about is how much to oversize...
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    New to CNC, looking for advice

    Thanks for the reply, As far as exact tolerances I will need to learn but I would guess positional plus minus .0005" and size minus 0 plus .001". I build my knives with threaded hardened barrels that run through both scales and the backspacer. They are precision machined and fit tight into a...
  12. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    Thanks for the reply, I am fully prepared to break some endmills, in fact I am pretty good at that already..., I have a copy of g wizard coming with the mill so I plan to use it as much as possible. When you say you don't know anyone drilling with carbide do you mean without spotting first or...
  13. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    OK first question(s) What is the smallest endmill I can use to cut my vertical lockbar cut? My titanium is .160". I have found some .040" end mills with a DOC long enough to accommodate this, but is that too thin to be reliable. I would like to keep this dimension as small as possible to best...
  14. Stang Bladeworks

    New to CNC, looking for advice

    I have been making framelocks for a little while using a manual benchtop mill. This has been great to learn on and I don't regret starting that way. That being said I have quickly learned that it isn't overly efficient. So much of my time is eaten up with manual machining setups that I dont have...
  15. Stang Bladeworks

    Has anyone tried laser cutting

    That sounds like a great idea.
  16. Stang Bladeworks

    Has anyone tried laser cutting

    Thanks for the reply, It sounds like laser may not be the best idea. My waterjet guy does use dynamic control on the outside profile and it is pretty straight but he says he cant use it on the slot without making it much wider. I guess he just runs a single pass to get a .035"ish slot. I have...
  17. Stang Bladeworks

    Has anyone tried laser cutting

    To save some time and headache I have my parts waterjet cut. The waterjet is not accurate enough to spot holes on both sides of my scales so I only spot a few holes on either side and manually transfer the rest. It is also not accurate enough to cut my lockbars. Specifically the Kerf is too...
  18. Stang Bladeworks

    What's going on in your shop?

    I have really been enjoying seeing everyone's projects in this thread. Here are 2 framelocks I made as a matching set.
  19. Stang Bladeworks

    Slip joint templates

    I have a tutorial with templates here: https://bladeforums.com/threads/slipjoint-tutorials-and-advice.1623369/
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