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 , you make .

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

, 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 ; his “Nutcracker” piece was part of a juried exhibition at the of the and later became part of its .

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 . 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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    • Jake Gevorgian
    • March 8, 2015
    • WestCoastMods
    • March 8, 2015

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

    • twoweary
    • March 8, 2015

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

    • Philip Simmons
    • March 8, 2015

    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……

    • Ted Stryker
    • March 8, 2015

    That was 2min of planing porn

    • Bill Wallace
    • March 8, 2015

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

    • Gabriel Pefčík
    • March 8, 2015

    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

    • виктор минин
    • March 8, 2015

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

    • Mike Waldt
    • March 8, 2015

    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

    • French Montana
    • March 8, 2015

    Some background music or something would be nice

    • gary24752
    • March 8, 2015

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

    • Ed Waggoner Sr.
    • March 8, 2015

    What’s the point?

    • Tomm Smith
    • March 8, 2015

    In Jesus’ name you’re healed.

    • Arno 'NoxFord' Steyn
    • March 8, 2015

    The Ninja’s Stole the Audio

    • Crusty Penny
    • March 8, 2015

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

    • Noah Whetstine
    • March 8, 2015

    what is the tool your are using called? 

    • Chris Pine
    • March 8, 2015

    Very cool! That will be a great top!

    Chris

    • 123HURST
    • March 8, 2015

    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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    • March 8, 2015
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    This review is from: Dust Collection 4″ x 8′ Super Flex Black Hose By Peachtree Woodworking – PW378
    This is great hose. Excellent quality

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    • March 8, 2015
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    This review is from: Dust Collection 4″ x 8′ Super Flex Black Hose By Peachtree Woodworking – PW378
    I plan to use as part of portable dust collection system which is not currently operational. They appear to meet my needs. Quick ship would buy here again.

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