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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 01-16-2009, 02:10 AM
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I've been lusting after this Bridge City shoulder plane for several months. Luckily one came up on ebay a few days ago with a "buy it now" price so I didn't have to go through the bidding. I considered it for about an hour, and then pulled the trigger. What an amazing piece of machinery!




This is unquestionably the most comfortable plane I've ever held. It's like putting on a glove. Can hardly wait to use it in battle! The blade-locking mechanism is worth the price of admission. Amazing workmanship. I'm so lucky!
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:24 AM
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Looks great. Can't wait to hear your story about using it.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:42 AM
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Steve, I just took it out and cut a shallow rabbet - cross grain - on a piece of cherry. With no fiddling at all, it produced long shavings that were about the same thickness as a cell. You could hold them up and see the individual wood fibers - you could see through them! And the way it feels in your hand - it's like putting on a glove. It's surprisingly heavy, but so smooth and easy to use. Every time I use my LN shoulder plane I end up bleeding from the knuckle that goes in the hole in the side. This Bridge City plane was made for me!

And that was probably the first time it had ever been used. Made in 2005 I think (I'll have to check). Poor, lonely plane. I'm sure it's happy to find a home where it can make a living!
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Peter, what a beautiful plane!

Yes, you are indeed a lucky man.

Enjoy.
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Whoa! Shop porn alert!

Yes, I am jealous, that is some wonderful eye candy..........no, err, tool I mean!
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I like how its shaped like a horses head


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Old 01-18-2009, 05:29 AM
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I hadn't noticed that, Mirko. If it were an animal, I was thinking maybe more a rhinoceros. But it really reminds me of a 1930's art deco train engine. All streamlined and built for action!

I was cutting the cheek of a tenon in some cherry today - it was about 6" long. I got a single shaving from each pass of the plane - thinner than paper. Amazing! This is one sweet plane.

Bring a tenon by, and try it out, guys. You can sit in my barstools and try out the bed, too!
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I'd love to come by and check out the plane. Testing the barstools, tables and bed would be great too.

But I have to tell you I'm afraid. It's not the plane, or what we will drink while testing the barstools, or who I will be testing the bed with. No, none of that, it's Wally.

I'm not normally afraid of dogs, not even big ones. But a dog that can analyze my mind and bring out the inner most feelings and fears, well that just has me crawled up in a corner like a baby.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:07 AM
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Nah, Steve. Wally will bring out your inner Golden Retriever. People go all gooey over him. Mostly he'll try to lick your fingers, particularly if you've eaten anything using your hands recently...

You're welcome any time!
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Wow. That is so beautiful. I literally sucked in a breath when I scrolled down to see it. That would be like holding a pile of Gold Eagles, all heavy and warm. Jealous, table for one!
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