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Business of Machining

John Grimsmo of Grimsmo Knives and John Saunders of NYC CNC discuss their success, struggles, goals and more as machinists, business owners and entrepreneurs.
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Jul 7, 2017

Delivering Happiness: http://amzn.to/2sGeaO9
Grimsmo Pierson MPS Video: http://bit.ly/2slM8T6

"We've got to talk."  The suspense is killing Grimsmo after receiving cryptic messages from Saunders during his Californian machine shop trip.  

Saunders and Grimsmo get honest about the current state of their businesses.  Bootstrapping has its merits to a point but it can also inhibit your personal growth.  If you don't let others build the ship, you'll never get to steer it!  Being able to steer when the tides are changing is crucial.

For the first time in 10 years, it's not John Saunders and the business; it's the business and John Saunders.  While Grimsmo has been embracing more managerial practices, he feels that breaking the bootstrap barrier is far way but Saunders believes that now is the time.

Saunders might have gone to California but Grimsmo gets a taste of Hollywood when he visits a prop-designer in PA with Carl from Lakeshore Carbide. Now that Saunders is back in the building, it's time to get caught up.

Jun 30, 2017

Pierson Tour: http://bit.ly/2tk4c4w

Grimsmo Knives work-flow boards: http://bit.ly/2slM8T6

Pierson QC Review video: http://bit.ly/2slWfab

"Goals are tools that allow me to say no"--What does that even mean?  

On this episode of Business of Machining, Grimsmo and Saunders are taking action to improve workflow processes and quality control. While Grimsmo visits a machine shop at a local college, SMW hosts a TIG Welding class with Roy Crumrine and Jonathan Lewis (WELDING TIPS AND TRICKS PODCAST).  Grimsmo shares an Instagram photo that strikes Saunders in a profound way.  Pictures are STILL worth a thousand words--and shows that inspiration and perspective can be cultivated from anywhere! Saunders adds another new member to the team with a focus on Arduino and automation and Grimsmo gets a few new suggestions for a chip load issue on the lathe.     



     

 



 

Jun 23, 2017

"I'm not the host, we're co-hosts" and for now, they want to keep it that way.  For these two, paying it forward and reciprocity keeps the wheels turning.

Blade Show has amazing products but for Grimsmo, the people and interactions are the bread and butter(knife).  Today, he plans to chop up 20 billets of timascus.

Got heartburn?  It might be your workholding.   Saunders racks his brain about his current system and Grimsmo offers some perspective on plausible
solutions while the Richard King Scraping Class is hard at work.  

The 30-year-old Okamoto grinder turns out some impressive results when subjected to the 5-Block test.

Jun 16, 2017

What a shame! In a hotel, sometimes the only place with decent WiFi is beside the pool in beautiful weather. Today marks day 1 of Blade Show 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  This week is full of productivity, positivity, and new considerations.

Saunders hones his communication skills, grows the SMW roster, and shares an official result of negotiations spanning several months.

Grimsmo's week has been full of rask parts, fidget spinners, shipping, and family time.  Serious questions and a fresh perspective on an old cliche' precipitates discussion about his next business move. 

Although coming up with excuses is easy, Saunders holds Grimsmo's feet to the fire.  It's time to put a plan in action. Join in to find out what's on the horizon!
 
 







 

Jun 9, 2017

The Okamoto grinder gets TLC and opens the door to the grinding world for Saunders.  Although Grimsmo's not wearing his tuxedo shirt,  he DOES have a lesson on the saga of the "Linda Wheels." 

For entrepreneurs, self-evaluation and reevaluation is a skill that must be practiced.  While it poses challenges to decisions and beliefs, it can unveil new and better solutions to problems.  This past week has been full of productivity and new ideas on work-flow.

Grimsmo gears up attend the blade show in Atlanta and
Saunders get the shop ready for TIG welding courses.



Jun 2, 2017

X-Rays and broken bones but everyone is safe!  Full of energy and passion, the Open House has an even better year than the last.  Grimsmo gears up for his  6th trip to the world's largest knife show. The amateur bug bites Saunders when Niagara Cutter pays a visit and it was caught on camera.

The E-Myth Revisited is (oddly enough) REVISITED by Saunders. Are you a technician, a manager, or an entrepreneur?
Join them as they discuss current roles and responsibilities and goals for the future.  What would you do if money were no option?  Sometimes you have to think big!

E-Myth Book: http://amzn.to/2rjGH85

May 26, 2017

It's tradeshow time!  On the same day, Grimsmo attends Elliot-Matsura Joint Open House while Saunders attends the Precision Machining Technology Show.  As business owners, they always have to be on the look out for better products.  Sometimes it's difficult to avoid getting sucked into the almighty sales pitch.

Saunders contemplates a new addition to the shop while taking care of some much needed decluttering before the Open House. Grimsmo finds a new use for Kaizen Foam, goes against strict orders against making spindle liners for his lathe and can
finally see light at the end of the tunnel for Rask knife production.




May 19, 2017

Entrepreneurship isn't all sunshine and rainbows. The Johns both express their gratitude for special people in their lives.

Grimsmo decides to make his own fidget spinners (out of titanium) and two new grinding wheels have arrived. The Renishaw OLP for the lathe helps him make strides in efficiency. He is now running machines unattended while making good parts; especially with some additional macro code.

Saunders is extremely pleased about how well the Tormach fixture plates are turning out.  Do you think machine time should be shown during EACH op in CAM and Fusion 360?


May 12, 2017

As an entreprenuer, confidence in your tools and machines isn't all you need. Multi-tasking - is it a valuable skill or bologna?  

Saunders applies Grimsmo's often stated advice, "You can do anything but it doesn't mean you should do everything" by hiring a new employee.  

A dedicated Grimsmo Knives fan goes above and beyond and Saunders attends SKILLS OHIO, a state-wide machining competition for high school students.

Tattoo Photo: http://bit.ly/2pxRp8H





May 5, 2017

Grimsmo's back in the swing and a new addition to his repertoire of tools is a gamechanger.  Renishaw installs an OLP40 probe on his lathe that measures parts and puts it into text format.  TRAKHOUND, a FREE software that interprets data from MTConnect to create a snapshot of machine data.  Saunders has
concerns about his Renishaw probe but is determined to rule out operator error before contacting tech support.  He shares some problem-solving ideas to reduce operator time and lean take-aways from Pierson Workholding.  
 
https://www.trakhound.com/

Pierson Workholding: https://youtu.be/B8MQhX3QPEE

Apr 28, 2017

Book: How to Win Friends http://amzn.to/2ovOvWf
AMAZING Miyano Turret Lathe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Y_3jWBDzU

Saunders sails through the past week with relative ease, lower stress levels and high productivity.  Grimsmo gets ready for the next wave of production in what he calls the “calm before the storm.”  The glorious grinding wheel Grimsmo has been expecting arrives and comes with a free lesson.  In addition to the weekly updates, Saunders and Grimsmo explore an underestimated external business investment: Ensuring that your network is able to invest in you as a person to maximize success.  Fostering relationships and paying it forward adds value to those invested in your success and creates exponential opportunity.  Lastly, a special announcement for the SMW Open House May 6th, 2017.  Don’t miss it!


Apr 21, 2017

Saunders shares a golden machinist's moment. Grimsmo has been spending time "putting out fires" but why?  Saunders offers perspective on the impact of unrealistic expectations and an interesting way to get into a better mindset when problem solving and making decisions.  Grimsmo lights up when sharing his new thing: tracking tool life via a simple macro calculation.  

 

Apr 14, 2017

Outsourcing parts. Business relationships. A snow storm. Process improvements.

Saunders and Grimsmo discuss the importance of ensuring that drawings contain all necessary information when outsourcing parts and resolving conflicts in a way that results in a win-win outcome to foster good business partnerships. Grimsmo recounts getting stuck at the shop in a snow-storm and the benefits of his new Renishaw Turret Probe. Finally, they hash out ways to improve processes.

Grimsmo's snow storm video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDLeF-Ec-Os

Apr 7, 2017

Starting next week (BoM 10), we'll have better episode descriptions!

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

 

Mar 31, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Mar 24, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Mar 17, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Mar 10, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Mar 3, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Feb 17, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

Feb 8, 2017

Welcome to the John Grimsmo & John Saunders Business of Machining Podcast!  We (John and John) have talked every Friday morning for the past year and we realized how helpful it has been to share our successes, struggles and stories with each other!  So helpful that we have decided to record our conversations and share as this podcast!

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