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Mark Evans
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Someone decided to take the handibot concept and put it on steroids!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rIIYaPYcE0

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I know the handibot is sold as a hobby machine but she is really quite the workhorse. It has now cut the better part of a hundred knife sharpener handles. 
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What are you all working on? This doesn't need to be my personal blog.



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I've always watched every Handibot video I can find on YouTube but I just came across this. Shopbot training well organized. Most things shopbot translate to handibot as the handi is just a really small shopbot.

http://www.shopbottools.com/mSupport/tutorials.htm

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Would making scales for this old knife of mine been easier the old fashind way? Yeah, probably, but that would not advance my cnc skills.

Things learned today: go two or three percent up in size to allow for sanding. These are going to work but nothing to spare.
Should have cut them on 4 sides, doing just two sides left a lot to be desired in the edge finish that now will have to be sanded out. 
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10/31/16
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The first of the wooden B# minis. I designed away the things I didn't like in the plastic version I had been 3d printing. I like this, good feel. 
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10/24/16
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Just did what is probably the quickest but most useful mod you can do if you use the acc. base all the time.

Even with long cutters I often end up setting up the Z without enough travel. I crashed my z against the stop, measured how far the rail sticks out of the bearing block, (.100" for me) and added this small section of rule. There is no cursor so I just lower my head to minimize parallax.
I'm not looking for any real accuraticy just a guide for "you are defenitly going to run out of travel".
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Did some work on packaging tonight. Sharpie graphics work great. I went to a finer tip after these and everything works great. 
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9/5/16
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Didn't get to spend much time in the shop this weekend but I did get to see that sharpie art works. 
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8/28/16
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So a few months ago this old knife maker dropped this idea at my feet. He said something along the lines of "this piece of ceramic is one of the best knife sharpeners I've ever seen for general daily use, dirty shame people keep cutting the crap out of themselves using them".
Knowing this guy for the last 30 years I knew he was issuing a challenge to see what I could do with it. Well, it has become an adiction. I designed a handle that worked but it had some problems so I went back to the drawing board and fixed all the things I and my customers didn't like about them and that became 2.0.
I print these about daily and now I am starting to work in wood. The wood is not exactly presentation quality yet but they are nice and getting better all the time.
These work especially well on odd shaped blades like the claw-shaped blades and some of the new survival knives where a flat stone is all but imposable to get in there.

If you'd like one they are on Etsy, just do a search for FlyingMonkeyFab, the plastic handles are (so far) always avalible, the wood is on a catch it when you can basis as I only turn out a few a week of those. 
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8/27/16
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