John Economaki: Designer of Tools

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What does a woodworker do when he can no longer do woodworking? In the case of John Economaki, you make tools.

Lead photo: Can you spot the fox in the CT-14 11/8? Foxtail Shoulder Plane?

John, the founder of Bridge City Tool Works, developed a severe allergy to wood dust, likely triggered by rosewood, in the early 1980s. At the time, he was a high-end furniture designer; his "Nutcracker" piece was part of a juried exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and later became part of its permanent collection.

The “Nutcracker” is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.
The "Nutcracker" is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery.

"My heart is in furniture design. The next best thing is living vicariously through the work of others," John said. In many ways, however, he sees some strong similarities between being a furniture maker and being a tool maker.

"They're both forms of expression. When I was building furniture, I was doing things that had never been built before. Now, I'm doing the same thing: you use cool materials, and make stuff that's going to last."

Durability

Making things that last is important to John, who laughs at software companies promoting their latest launch. "None of that stuff will be around in 15 years, let alone 300," he

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Real woodworking is not only full with pleasure but also it’s a great way to stay in shape.
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20 Responses to “John Economaki: Designer of Tools”

  1. Jake Gevorgian
  2. WestCoastMods

    No music or no talking…just watching you plane some wood…how fuckn
    boring.

  3. twoweary

    This vid should be called “Planing the way my grandfather did…” Never saw
    a table.

  4. Philip Simmons

    Just been work out what the best Mag switch tools to buy for my wood
    working in build canoes……so I sm sure I just buy to lot….many uses in
    each tool….Really amazing Equipment on the market……

  5. Ted Stryker

    That was 2min of planing porn

  6. Bill Wallace

    It’s pine. It’ll be dented to death in a couple years.

  7. Gabriel Pefčík

    i don’t want to offend your granddad,what else he did ” is he invented a
    wood “?
    very poor youtube video and quality, does not explain anything and has no
    sound

  8. виктор минин

    All is well, right, but my grandfather’s workbench is not swayed.

  9. Mike Waldt

    Amazing to watch Jake, the finish on that wood from the plane is stunning.
    Better than I get from sanding…..lol.
    Take care my friend
    Mike

  10. French Montana

    Some background music or something would be nice

  11. gary24752

    Are these construction grade 2x4s that have been planed flat and then glued
    up. What glue did you use?

  12. Ed Waggoner Sr.

    What’s the point?

  13. Tomm Smith

    In Jesus’ name you’re healed.

  14. Arno 'NoxFord' Steyn

    The Ninja’s Stole the Audio

  15. Crusty Penny

    We are really happy that you can use a block plane.

  16. Noah Whetstine

    what is the tool your are using called?

  17. Chris Pine

    Very cool! That will be a great top!

    Chris

  18. 123HURST

    It really is a great way to stay in shape, that’s why it’s called
    “woodworking” otherwise it would be calledt “having fun with wood”. It’s
    good to see you making videos again.

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