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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 04-06-2012, 04:15 AM
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Default Introducing: the CT-18

John Economaki just announced the CT-18 - his 18th commemorative tool. This one's a doozy!

It's a dual-angle, bevel-up smoother. John has vowed that he will never make another plane without the ability to put depth skids on it. This one has height-adjustable skids for both thickness planing, and planing angles (one skid is higher than the other). The bottoms of the skids are rounded to ensure a smooth glide when it's angled.

The CT-18 will come with 3 different angle grinds, plus a toothed blade. The body is milled from a stainless steel billet as the CT-17 was, and like the CT-17 it has the lever-clip blade clamping mechanism. But with a very cool handle - a loop shape. The knob of the plane is black chrome, while the tote is seriously retro (check it out for yourself).







No word on the price yet. But, like all the BCTW tools, I'm guessing this thing is going to be worth every penny!
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:40 AM
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Default Re: Introducing: the CT-18

Wow
I've never seen anything like that before!
Would the price compare to say, a Marcou? What do you reckon potosan?
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I really have no idea about the price, Okamisan. But I'm guessing that it will be less than a Marcou. The volume probably brings the price down. The CT-17 was something like $850, so I'm guessing, maybe $1700-$2000? But then the limited edition SS crowning plane was $2500 (I think), and I'd guess that this one is more involved. So honestly, I don't know.

But you should order one anyway...

Seriously, this looks like a really functional smoother. I bought a CT-12 from ebay; I'm thinking of selling it, as I think it'll be redundant with the CT-18 (assuming I can afford to buy one). The multiple blade grind angles is really appealing to me. And I wish I'd had the thicknessing capability a few weeks ago...
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Way beyond my budget, but it does look very very cool and functional. I'd love to have a try with one, or watch one in use
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:57 AM
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I'm sure Fred would let you watch while he uses his...
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Nah, Fred would be kind enough to have a spare on hand for guests.
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Haha! I bet Fred already has one
I know there are an awful lot of beautiful planes belong to members here, but I never see any photos of them in use
Come on, you've all seen my veritas bevel-ups a hundred times!
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How 'bout this, Okamisan? A CT-12 and a Marcou S45:



This was during my Arts and Crafts table build.
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How 'bout this, Okamisan? A CT-12 and a Marcou S45:



This was during my Arts and Crafts table build.
They look beautiful
How do they compare Potosan?

You need a bench
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I know there are an awful lot of beautiful planes belong to members here, but I never see any photos of them in use
Hey, I recently posted this photo of Fred at work :



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