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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 09-19-2015, 01:12 AM
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To answer Paul's question, I'm pretty sure he will make more than one production run on these, although you never know. I think these like most Bridge City and other quality tool brands can be sold for near what you paid for it down the road and sometimes more, so virtually a no risk purchase.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:32 AM
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Wow! Snakewood, very cool
Any other exotic woods you've used?
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I've used purpleheart, paduak and cherry so far. I started to cut blanks out of yellow heart and blood wood, but stopped when the dust "tickled" my nose like cocobolo does- figured the toxicity might be too high for putting in one's mouth.

Toxicity is a hard one to figure out since all the information I found was related to dust inhalation. Probably a very minor issue because you're not ingesting it and only having a very limited contact with the mouth.

Purpleheart tears out easily when planed against the grain, so it works better for an experienced woodworker. The jig can take planing in both directions, so a person who understands grain a bit can eliminate the tear out.
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Some woods used in high end Japanese chopsticks include, Tamo (Japanese Ash), Mulberry, cherry, Satine (bloodwood), Snakewood, Ebony.
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I am just about to put my order in. Anyone have recommendations on the blanks most worth buying?

Also waiting on the JMPv2 preorder to open up again.
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Old 10-14-2015, 06:35 AM
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Shawn!!!!! We haven't heard from you in forever! How are you?!? We've missed you and been worried about you. Please feel free to PM me and let me know how things have been going.

As for the best blanks, I haven't a clue. I'm making my own...

Have you called BCTW to see whether they have a JMP in stock? Sometimes there's one sitting around...
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:25 PM
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The Paduak planes nicely and looks great in the finished state. I also did a few in cherry that came out nicely.

As Peter pointed out, you can easily cut your own: 7mm square by 270mm long. Length has to be real close to fit in jig, but you can go a bit thicker, it just means the first two sides take more planing.
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I am just about to put my order in. Anyone have recommendations on the blanks most worth buying?

Also waiting on the JMPv2 preorder to open up again.
Shawn! Nice to see you post again. I thinks it has been well over a year since we heard from you.

How is Monica doing? Has she increased your tool budget?

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Mine came today and I made two sets of chopsticks already! What fun! I think I could sit in the mall and make sets for people all day.
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Mine came today and I made two sets of chopsticks already! What fun! I think I could sit in the mall and make sets for people all day.
I received mine also. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to look in the box. I have to say the outside of the box is quite beautiful
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