Universal Gage Update and Airbags…

"It seems older people maximize their well-being more - they start to realize that life is short." — Robert J. Waldinger

Drivel Starved Nation!

About 10 days ago I went down to Laser Marking Services in Mulino, Oregon to approve the first article on the long overdue Universal Gage. Here is a pic of the first burn;
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2018… What a Year!

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."— Thomas Jefferson

Drivel Starved Nation;

I have experienced several crazy and memorable years here at the helm of Bridge City Tool Works, but this year tops them all. After 35 years, I have found a part of life that is way more fun than tool making, and that is being a Grandpa. It is just the coolest thing.

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Universal Gages Production Update…

"We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us."— Marshall McLuhan

Drivel Starved Nation,

After spending almost six weeks in Dallas helping my son, and surviving the turkey holiday, I am relieved to be back in the shop.

It just occurred to me today that the last Bridge City tools made in the United States are the Universal Gages. It is also fitting that I am assembling and calibrating each and every one of them as I am enjoying the process for the most part. (I am really struggling with the arthritis in my right hand so things are not moving as fast as I would have hoped.) Here are some in-progress pics; Continue reading

Countersinks, the Paradise, CA fire, and Other Stuff on My Mind….

"Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception. Do not confuse them with facts or truths."— Unknown

Drivel Starved Nation,

As mentioned in a post several weeks ago, I’ve been in Dallas, TX for the past month on a non-health related family matter. Next Thursday, the 15th, I will be back in the shop.

While away, the countersinks arrived in Portland and I asked my daughter Ashley, and Consuelo to ship them. As of this writing, the majority of orders have been shipped with the exception of 24 or so where it looks like we are short a single countersink. I’ll deal with this when I get back on the 15th. I suspect it is a shipping error, but I don’t know. If we are short (which makes no sense to me at the moment) we will send a partial and remake what we need to remake. We will fill every order.

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Bridge City Tool Works Grand Opening This Week…

"Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep."— Denis Waitley

Drivel Starved Nation;

This week, the new owner’s of Bridge City Tool Works are opening their doors to customers old and new in Montclair, CA.

My good friend, Jack Xu, is flying in from Nanjing, China, Consuelo is flying down with her new baby, and there are quite a few DSN members showing up for the free food. No surprise there. The new BCTW team will all be on hand for the meet and greet. You can read more about it here.

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9/26 Pre-Order Updates and UG-1 First Look…

"Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there." — Haile Gebrselassie

Drivel Starved Nation,

Since I am going to be out of the office for the next six weeks on a personal family matter, I just made arrangements for my daughter Ashley to help with partial assembly of the Universal Gauges while I am away. The first assembled UG-1 is pictured below (this is what they look like BEFORE they go our laser house for etching); Continue reading

Pre-Order Updates as of Sept. 23…

"Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person." — Naveen Jain

Drivel Starved Nation;

It’s another Sunday in the shop for me–I like days like this because of the lack of phone calls and emails. Ten minutes ago, I just boxed up the last of the HP-14 Scraper Planes and there are two different sole treatments in this run. Here’s a pic;

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Pre-Order Progress Week of 9/17

“Progress is not inevitable. It’s up to us to create it.” — Anonymous

Drivel Starved Nation;

On a personal note, Mia Jo Economaki arrived in this world yesterday. She was born in Mexico City where my ex-pat son is working. This is grandchild #3 and the first girl. I am a lucky grandpa! Both Mom and baby are doing terrific. Continue reading

Pre-Order Progress Week of Sept 10…

"The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest."— Deepika Padukone

Drivel Starved Nation!

After moving all the crap from the office into the shop, I’ve been swimming in garbage important stuff. It’s tough to navigate. Here is an update regarding our pre-order commitments; Continue reading

A Member of the Woodworking Community Worthy of Your Help…

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” — John Bunyan

Drivel Starved Nation;

As many of you know, I spent 10-12 years teaching summer classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. If you have never been there, it is literally in the middle of an Indiana corn field, and it is a true American business success story.

Success stories are invariably the result of motivated leadership and caring employees. I can attest, no instructor can possibly have a successful week at MASW without support from the incredible staff at MASW.

Zane Powell was an indispensable aid, and an incredibly knowledgeable woodworker who has been with Marc Adams from the very beginning. In fact, they graduated from high school together some 30 odd years ago. For those DSN members who have taken classes at this school, you know the critical role Zane filled to make your week as fun as possible. Here’s a recent pic;
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What I don’t understand about life–and likely never will–is why bad luck disportionately finds good people. Two weeks ago, while at work, Zane complained of a stomach ache. He reluctantly went to the doctor to learn he had inoperable liver cancer. I just don’t get it.

I write to you today to find those who might be able to help lesson the medical expenses now facing the Powell family. There are two ways you can help. Marc’s wife Suzie, has set up a GoFundMe site which you can visit here.

Another way is a bit more work but maybe much better. You can send Zane a get well card here;

Marc Adams
Attn Zane Powell
5504 East, 500 North
Franklin, IN 46131

And if you are able to help financially, please include a check made out to Becky Powell, who is Zane’s wife. The Powell family will be forever grateful. This is the path I chose.

The only way to make a difference is to make a difference.

Thank you.

-John