Saturday, July 10, 2010

" And A Bit Further...."

Hey there Folks,
Here is another progress report for those of you that are following this project.
I was able to add the blade slots this past weekend on the 4th & 5th.
It took 18 passes on each frame with a .140 diameter carbide mill to reach the final slot depth. I had to alter the mill in the surface grinder by spinning the .1875 shank to under .140 to be able to achieve the final depth. With that much of the mill protruding from the tool holder, and the spun shank I was pleasantly surprised the one end mill made it through the entire lot of 20 pieces.
I'm not sure if you can see it in the pics, but these slots are cut along a radius, meaning the X, Y, and Z axis of the machine were moving simultaneously.
So here are a couple of pics...enjoy,
 

10 comments:

vegassprky said...

Sweet!!! Do you do this at where you work or do you have equipment at home? All I can say they are looking good!!! Just wish I could do something like this, maybe not as intricate but metal work of some kind! Thanks for the update!!!! Gary :P

Kenn Jordan Jr. said...

Gary,
I use a Butter Knife, and an old RR Spike...

Okay here's the truth, I'm fortunate to have acess to all the equipment at the Machine Shop where I've worked for the past 20 years...
I sneak my stuff in, either on the weekends or in the evenings before the next offical job goes in.
I've been doing these in an Okuma Cadet Mate, a great machining center we've had for 10 years now.

vegassprky said...

Yeah I was falling for the butter knife and RR spike hehe! Nice to be able to use that equipment!! Just like a 100 years ago that I worked at a gas station and used the lifts and other stuff to work on my car after hours! Keep up the neat work!!

Wes said...

Great update Kenny! man these look so nice. I cant wait to get mine hehe

Kenn Jordan Jr. said...

Thanks Wes,
I'm pushing myself as hard as I can on these, but I still gotta take time for the family too. This upcoming weekend I'll get in the shop to add the frame lock cut out, and detent ball hole. After that a little scuff & buff will be the last step on the frames, and then it's on to the blades.

Steevens said...

Kenn,

Awesome work! I can't wait for these to come out!! :)

Lane said...

I think I will have to get one of these.

Kenn Jordan Jr. said...

Lane,
I appreciate your interest.
Unfortunately this 1st. run is all spoken for.
I was bombarded with inquiries and started an interest list which now has 3 times more names than the knives I'll have available.
Kenn

Lane said...

If you are going to make a second run, I would like to make the list.

Kenn Jordan Jr. said...

Will do Lane.....