From the Breakroom

Machinist Interview #003, JT Belknap of DFM Tool Works

Machinist Interview #003, JT Belknap of DFM Tool Works

  I want to thank JT for taking the time to complete my survey. I met JT through Instagram, and he's since helped me out with everything from marketing to machine troubleshooting. JT makes high quality tools geared mainly towards woodworking. His Instagram content is top notch, so be sure to check him out! Give a quick, couple sentence intro stating who you are, what you do, and where people can find you on social media. My name is JT Belknap and I started DFM Tool Works to create American jobs by sourcing materials and making tools here in the...

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Machinist Interview #002, John Saunders of Saunders Machine Works

Machinist Interview #002, John Saunders of Saunders Machine Works

    John was nice enough to take the time to answer a few of my questions regarding the manufacturing world. He replied to me in typical Saunders fashion with a Screencast-O-Matic video, which is awesome. My lovely wife transcribed the video below (Thanks hunny!). I hope you enjoy!   Give a quick, couple sentence intro stating who you are, what you do, and where people can find you on social media. My name is John Saunders (@saundersmachineworks). I run a manufacturing company called Saunders Machine Works where we make fixture plates, our Mod Vise System, as well as the...

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Why you should make the switch to a Safety Razor

Why you should make the switch to a Safety Razor

  I'm sure you've noticed that there seems to be an increasing amount of hype around safety razors. But why? It seems like a step backwards, right? I mean after all, safety razors were the link between straight razors and today's disposable and cartridge razors, and they date all the way back to the 19th century. So why, in 2019, is there this sudden urge to re-visit the safety razor? I'll tell you. It's economical. Sure, the upfront cost is more. Safety razors range anywhere from $15 to $500+. My Model 921 starts at $135 for the Stonewashed finish, where...

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Current Tool I'm Loving-MMM-USA Piranha Jaws

Current Tool I'm Loving-MMM-USA Piranha Jaws

I was fortunate enough to pick up a set of the .080 Step Piranha Jaws from the guys at MMM-USA.  Let me tell you, there's a reason these things are constantly sold out. Aesthetically, they look fantastic. All critical surfaces are ground, and the laser engraved scale on the top face make loading stock a breeze. I've been running Aluminum, 1018 Carbon Steel, and 316 Stainless in these jaws, and have had no issues concerning rigidity or parts moving. In addition to the serrated teeth, they have a 45 degree dovetail to increase holding force, although I haven't come across...

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Machinist Interview #001, Ryan Shore of Shore Machining

Machinist Interview #001, Ryan Shore of Shore Machining

  Give a quick, couple sentence intro stating who you are, what you do, and where people can find you on social media. My name is Ryan and I am the owner of Shore Machining LLC. I currently run my shop part time, focusing mainly on job shop work and small production runs. You can find me on Instagram @ShoreMachining. You can also visit my website www.shoremachining.com and subscribe to my mailing list. How long have you been in Manufacturing? In 2008 I started learning about manufacturing while in school. I went to a vocational school for 3 years to learn the trade....

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