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    How Can a Milling Machine Be Used For Knife Making


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    I have an opportunity to get a Bridgport milling machine from work. The condition of it is good and tight but it is missing a motor. I am wondering if it is worth the hassle bringing it home and putting a motor on it.

    Other than the obvious uses like milling slots in guards and drilling holes what are some of the things that a mill can be used for in knife making?
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    If you're good enough:

    Shaping the blade, setting the grind, making patterns.....the possibilities are endless....if you have the time and patience to learn and practise.

    (or learn to program a CNC machine: http://translate.google.com/translat...tm&sl=de&tl=en

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    Yep, now that I've just gotten started in this knife making stuff, I've got a small list of ways I'd like to try to use my mill... The grind angle on the blade, a blood groove with a ball mill perhaps, making a plate to bolt down my handle scales to to try some fancy machining, I'm sure the more you use the mill, the more you will think of "out of the box". Mark.

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    it is very much worth bringing home, you will be using it for all kinds of knifemaking stuff. Especially if all you have to do is buy a motor, I envy you.

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    Snap it up man !

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    Thanks for the help guys. After I polish up my skills making fixed blades I can see myself using the mill to make folders. Now I have to put a plan together to get the mill to my house.
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    Don't listen to these other guys!!! Its totally useless.....let me have it....I could use an extra coat rack in the shop!!!!


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    When you can, get one of these, in a 4 jaw if you can afford it. If you cannot you can make a small clamp/vise that will hold your knife in a 3 jaw. These are nice because you can set the degree of the cut perfectly and then rotate 360 degrees and have the same cut on the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tntbegg View Post
    Don't listen to these other guys!!! Its totally useless.....let me have it....I could use an extra coat rack in the shop!!!!


    Tanya
    Tod n' Tanya, it is going to be a coat rack for a little while until I get it up and running.

    Quote Originally Posted by montana guy View Post
    When you can, get one of these, in a 4 jaw if you can afford it. If you cannot you can make a small clamp/vise that will hold your knife in a 3 jaw. These are nice because you can set the degree of the cut perfectly and then rotate 360 degrees and have the same cut on the other side.
    Montana guy, that is a great idea but right now my practice is a little more traditional for putting my bevels on my blades. However this technique can be used to other things with a knife like tapering tangs.
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    Drop a line to Nathan the Machinist on the knifemakers forum here he made a Skinner with Osage Orange scales that was super sharp and it was all done in a machine shop on a millin' machine I believe.

    Hell of a guy, hell of a knife.
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    If you need some help with the machine and motor head over to candlepowerforums.com machining/modifying section some guys know a lot about motors, a VFD and motor is a great choice for a nice mill.

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    you can set the degree of the cut perfectly and then rotate 360 degrees and have it right back at the same spot.
    Fixed it for ya...

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    ^^^ I was going to let it go.Lol

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