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Bridge City Tool Works For the past twenty-five years we have been producing innovative and impeccably crafted heirloom tools for serious woodworkers and collectors worldwide. Made in America, all of our tools are produced in limited numbers and with minimal care should continue to inspire your children's children. I believe the look, feel and accuracy of each Bridge City tool will always influence you to do your best work. Quality is contagious. Regards, John Economaki President & Founder

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Old 11-22-2008, 08:34 AM
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Default Does anyone have any Bridge City tools?

I've been drooling over the Bridge City Toolworks web site. Have you ever seen a more beautiful, artistic shoulder plane? These look like astounding tools. But I'm curious if anyone's used them. For now, at least, they're well beyond what I'm willing to pay for a tool (okay - about 3x more). But such design and workmanship. Do they work as well as they look?

Anyone saving up for the Jointmaker Pro? Fred? John? Or is it too small, light, quiet, and non-electric for you?
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:23 PM
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Petrat,

I too think the Bridge City planes look incredible. I do not own one and think that I might be reluctant to actually use it as they are so beautiful. However, I do know a couple of guys over on Wood Central that own them and they swear by them.

As far as the Jointmaker Pro goes I can honestly say I have never paid much attention to it at all. Not really sure whay but there ya gots it.

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Old 11-22-2008, 06:38 PM
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I took a serious look at the Jointmaker Pro, but decided it was not for me.

I think it would be a great tool for someone who builds small projects, such miniatures or boxes.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:38 AM
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John,

As I really know nothing about it is it really just designed for model, miniature or small project work? I thought I had heard or read that it was supposed to be good for any size project???

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John Economaki is marketing it as a table saw for people/countries that have electrical power issues. According to his blog, he was a big hit in Japan (it would be good for making shoji screens), and countries like Guatemala are interested in it. While it's small, I think it could do a lot of things a table saw could do. Though I wouldn't want to cut a panel on it...

How 'bout that Bridge City fox shoulder plane? I'd love to hold one of those in my hands, just to see how it feels.
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As I really know nothing about it is it really just designed for model, miniature or small project work? I thought I had heard or read that it was supposed to be good for any size project???
Fred, that's just my opinion, but take look at it. You move the material back and forth across a stationary blade. How big a piece would you want to cut that way?

After watching it being used, my conclusion is that it is a fine tool for making very precise cuts in fairly small material.


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... How 'bout that Bridge City fox shoulder plane? I'd love to hold one of those in my hands, just to see how it feels.

Such a reckless act could be very dangerous to your wallet.
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You're absolutely right, John. So how'd you like to buy one for me?
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Such a reckless act could be very dangerous to your wallet.
John,

But that is our Pluto, he is a dangerous lad and needs to be reined in every so often but that is okay.

After looking at the Jointmaker Pro it does appear to be much better for small projects.

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You're absolutely right, John. So how'd you like to buy one for me?

You got it, Peter, I'll put it on the list. It'll be one of the very next things I order.

I should point out though, with a couple of recent purchases I have blown my tool budget for the next 27 years. I won't be ordering anything until that time.
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