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Les George
03-24-2011, 02:28 PM
:biggrin:

OK so this is my first flipper, and the second time I have used CNC to so work like this.

God bless the GI Bill! http://usualsuspect.net/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif


Getting right too it this morning -

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00917-20110324-0757.jpg


Look at the pretty colors! :)

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00913-20110324-0746.jpg

Fuel for the machine!

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00921-20110324-0854.jpg

Get to it!

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00930-20110324-0941.jpg

Cut off the Titanium from the sheet....

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00919-20110324-0802.jpg

Load the programs, this one was broken down into 8 different programs

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00918-20110324-0758.jpg

this stuff has to wait a bit...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00914-20110324-0754.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00915-20110324-0754.jpg

pocket cutting...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00922-20110324-0907.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00924-20110324-0907.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00927-20110324-0928.jpg

Profile

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00931-20110324-0942.jpg

Clamping is very important... good fixtures are key...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00932-20110324-0951.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00933-20110324-1009.jpg

OK the frames are kinda ready, I still have to finish drilling the wholes, tapping and cutting and revealing the lock bar.

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8682.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8680.jpg

Did I mention this is my first flipper? :)

I just got a new mill, but it's gonna be on the pallet for at least another week, so it'll be no help here...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00909-20110322-1818.jpg

In case I need it, I got back up!

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG00908-20110321-1230.jpg
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I had to take all these pics with my phone, I'll do better tomorrow!

Frstr8
03-24-2011, 07:11 PM
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murphda2
03-24-2011, 09:39 PM
Lookin good Les! What type of insert are you planning to use in the scal of this one. I really liked the past one you did.

Watch out for those "fat pills". If you're not carefull, you'll be at the PD filling out an application before you know it.

BRad704
03-25-2011, 08:41 AM
Running = Winning made me laugh...

Progress looks great already!

Les George
03-25-2011, 10:47 AM
OK, and here we go today... As you can see from the t shirt, some of these are from last night.

Even with the CNC, I still have to clean up the edges..

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8684.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8687.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8689.jpg

Unclean...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8690.jpg

Clean

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8691.jpg

Up before the crack of noon, WTF!? This aint natural....

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8696.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8718.jpg

First thing to get done is some surface grinding. I disk grind one side smooth before I put in on the magnetic check so I have a flat base to work off.

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8704.jpg

The 60 grit I set up at an angle so I can see the scratches to remove them in the finer grits

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8703.jpg

Finishing it off

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8708.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8710.jpg

Good to go! :)

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8711.jpg

When you can see the pastern, its clean! :)

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8712.jpg

Blade plus 2, .020 washers equal back spacer

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8722.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8720.jpg

That is about all for today, unfortunetly

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8723.jpg

There are some guys in Afghanistan that are expecting me to ship their mine probes on Monday and they dont give a crap about this knife... ;)

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8697.jpg

Frstr8
03-25-2011, 08:32 PM
Looks awesome sir!

Gary B
03-25-2011, 10:02 PM
Very Cool stuff!! Now where did you say that respirator is again?:les:

jaysmith10
03-26-2011, 07:54 AM
Amazingly cool!!!!!!!!!!

Les George
03-26-2011, 11:14 AM
Nothing like an 80 deg day in south Texas! :)

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8760.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8726.jpg

Let's get to it!

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8725.jpg

How about a mokume clip?

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8731.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8735.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8736.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8734.jpg

Work up a little contour on the back spacer.

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8752.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8751.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8749.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8755.jpg

I pressed in the insert and it shaved metal off most of the edges, and distorted the titanium frame. Again! It would seem that .0015 clearance is not enough.

So it's time to grind the back back smooth....

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8738.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8739.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8740.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8742.jpg

Have I said what the insert material is yet? :D More after lunch!

Ernie Swanson
03-26-2011, 01:20 PM
Work up a little contour on the back spacer.

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8752.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8751.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8749.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8755.jpg


Have I said what the insert material is yet? :D More after lunch!
Nice cover up on the messed up grinding ;) J/K

Insert material? Ummmm.........Dried Tiger Blood?

Awesome work so far!!!

If that Mill is still on a pallet you can ship it up here!! :)

Les George
03-27-2011, 02:53 PM
I love it when a plan starts to come together! :)

Start out today with grinding the lock face

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8766.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8768.jpg

Mark the blade center for grinding

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8764.jpg

top grind...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8776.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8771.jpg

getting in the groove...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8777.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8779.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8780.jpg

Cut a little ramp for the detent

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8783.jpg


Now for the handle... Let's use super conductor for the insert

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8788.jpg

I machined it too tight, when I pressed it into place it distorted the frame and I that was why I had to regrind the back of the frame... Next time I will add even more clearance. I should also mic the endmills too so I can compensate for that.....

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8786.jpg

Now for some contour, time to see if it works like it did in my head...

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8789.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8793.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8791.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8794.jpg

Tomorrow I have to turn the stop pin, cut the lock bar and fit the lock. Then I'll be in the home stretch!

The bad part about using the school's shop is that I dont have 24/7 access. Wish my mill wasn't still on the pallet!

Anyway, thanks for looking! :)

Steven Janik
03-27-2011, 03:01 PM
Les,
The voices in your head were right about the contour. It is marvelous, baby.
Great WIP, thanks for sharing.

Steve

Ernie Swanson
03-27-2011, 05:41 PM
Wow Les thats amazing!!!!


Question time, As for the inert what holds it in? is it pressed in or do you glue it also?
I have thought about doing one in wood or other materials.

Frstr8
03-27-2011, 06:23 PM
Are you kidding me? Les, really? This is amazing! You are the man!

Les George
03-27-2011, 08:34 PM
Wow Les thats amazing!!!!


Question time, As for the inert what holds it in? is it pressed in or do you glue it also?
I have thought about doing one in wood or other materials.

Thanks guys, that insert is press fit. It pealed metal off the sides as it went in. You would have to melt it out it get it out.

I am hesitant to use wood in a frame like this. I am worried that the expansion and contraction that come with wood would cause nothing but problems. It would have no where to go....

Next I'm gonna do a damascus insert, I want to do some carbon fiber and some lightning strike carbon fiber and some combos then. The sky is the limit! :)

Ernie Swanson
03-27-2011, 09:32 PM
Yeah I see your point with the wood.

Thanks

murphda2
03-27-2011, 10:21 PM
Looks great Les. Glad to see that you finally got around to answering my question.

Les George
03-28-2011, 01:46 AM
I was building suspense! :P

HHH Knives
03-28-2011, 08:25 AM
Man Les, I dont know how I missed this.. Great WIP. Thanks for showing us how its done!

Les George
03-28-2011, 11:52 AM
Man I am making it up as I go! :)

Les George
03-28-2011, 01:59 PM
Lots left to do today!

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8805.jpg

Cutting the lock bar and lock bar relief
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8800.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8799-1.jpg

Clean up,

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8799-1.jpg

Before the carbidizer

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8808-1.jpg

After carbidizer

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8811-1.jpg

Fit lock up

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8820.jpg

I went back and bead blasted the back spacer and them mirror polished the ridges for contrast. It goes all the way around the inside too

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8817.jpg

I turned some damascus screw blanks a while back, time to set one of them up for this

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8821.jpg

I am low tech here so I have a little guide to drill the spanner holes

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8824.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8825.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8826.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8828.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/IMG_8829.jpg

Now to go back out there and get the lock side contoured and the damascus all etched up.

Home stretch! only like 10 hours of work left..... and I have a non machining class tonight :mad::nutz:

BRad704
03-28-2011, 02:57 PM
"Low Tech"... Psssht.... ;)

Frstr8
03-28-2011, 03:13 PM
Sweet!

Les George
03-28-2011, 07:17 PM
Every knifemaker has a nasty bottle of Ferric Chloride, this is mine as I etch my damascus screw.

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8836.jpg

Etching the blade too

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8839.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8840.jpg

http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx324/georgeknives/build%20off%202011/IMG_8841.jpg


I'll be posting my finished pics in the morning... :)

Les George
03-29-2011, 09:22 AM
done. :)

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8840.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8859.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8858.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8855.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8853.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8851.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8849.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8847.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8846.JPG

http://www.georgeknives.com/images/IMG_8844.JPG

Thanks for looking! :)
Little action video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InlXng80uXY

Steven Janik
03-29-2011, 09:53 AM
Very Nice, Les.
Looks like another perfect job.

Steve

jaysmith10
03-29-2011, 10:25 AM
That is freaking SWEET!!!!

Frstr8
03-29-2011, 10:43 AM
I hid it on a different knife! :D

Nice hiding place!

That looks amazing! Another great knife from George Knives.

murphda2
03-29-2011, 10:46 AM
Amazing! My keyboard is covered in drool. Great work Les.

Denny Eller
03-29-2011, 02:38 PM
Absolutely stunning bro!!!!!!!!! Don't be digging around for IED's with that one.

BRad704
03-30-2011, 08:02 AM
Looks fabulous! And remember... learn more at SmokeyBear.com... Hahaha....

Ernie Swanson
03-31-2011, 07:01 PM
All I can say is.............WOW, truly amazing!!

Great work Les!

Cabra
04-01-2011, 02:22 AM
This is my second post in this forum.
I basically came looking for that knife, she is a true beauty.
Congrats to the one who got her and my respect for you Mr. George.

Les George
04-01-2011, 10:38 AM
Thanks Fellas! :)