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;
zane

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

Pre-Order Progess the Week of August 27th…

"Burnout is nature's way of telling you, you've been going through the motions your soul has departed; you're a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system.”— Sam Keen

Drivel Starved Nation!

Well, this week is the last week of the Portland office. For the past couple of weeks I have had teenage help around here but I miscalculated when school started, so this week I am flying solo. And since I was here by myself I haven’t been very productive. But the reason is not what your are thinking. Continue reading

Bridge City Pre-Order Activity Week of August 20…

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."— Mahatma Gandhi

Drivel Starved Nation!

Your favorite Tool Potentate has been busy here. Here is an update regarding our pre-order commitments;

1) KM-2 Kerfmakers have all shipped. We have maybe a dozen or so unclaimed units so if you would like one, email consuelo@bridgecitytoolworks.com and she will figure out how to get one to you. Or you can email me john@bridgecitytools.com and we can do a Paypal transaction. (FYI, Consuelo is filling in a little from home. She stopped in last week and I got to see little Nathan… what a miracle–this thing called life…)

2) Scratch Awls pre-orders have all been filled. We had two people who ordered an awl that we did not have in the specified color. So we refunded the purchase price of that awl and I substituted another color at no charge. I have also received emails from customers who want to know if we have any left over, and the answer is “a few” as in 20 or so. Most are black (the most popular and safest color). If you are interested drop me an email and we can do a PayPal transaction. Here’s a pic of the SA3-v2 orders;
awls

3) The countersinks are scheduled to be off the CNC grinders this week and the orange base is being lasered this week. I might be able to get some out the door later in the week but for sure next week.

4) The scraper plane soles and SS sides will be done with passivation this Friday. Assembly will take me a couple of weeks so for sure delivery in early Sept.

5) The HP-6 mixed bag of pre-orders will begin shipping this week.

6) There are still parts being milled for the Universal Tools but they will be done this week and head off to anodizing.

7) As mentioned several times earlier, Pencil Precision is scheduled for 4th quarter 2018.

We put a lot of tools up on eBay this week, so if you are looking for a tool you don’t need but want real bad, like in REAL BAD, it might be up for sale. This week’s eBay listing is the last of what what was in our showroom and back shelves, with one exception; sometime in the next 2-3 weeks, I am going to post on eBay a small army of HP-6 bodies and sole kit combos. After that, the Portland office of Bridge City Tool Works will be history.

Lastly, I have received so many really cool notes from customers sharing their history with BCTW. Thank you to all, we did have a great ride together.

Lastly again, I have also received a bunch of confirmations for the new Bridge City Tool Works Grand Opening on October 20th in Monctlair, CA. I am hoping that Consuelo’s baby is cleared to fly, and if so, I will send her and her family down for the festivities as well. Regardless, it should be really fun, hopefully you can make it!

If anything changes regarding the schedule, you will learn it here first!

-John

Activity Here, the Week of August 13…

Drivel Starved Nation!

With the exception of 4 orders, we have filled all of the SA-1v2, SA-2v2 and SA-3v2 scratch awl pre-orders. You should all see updates to your tracking numbers late tonight or tomorrow.

The four orders we haven’t shipped will go out next week, a couple of our color counts were out of sync. It will take me a week to fix that.

Here are the updates on the last pre-orders.

HP-14 Scraper Plane: All part manufacturing is complete. I am waiting on the stainless steel soles to go through bead blast and passivation. I don’t have a definitive day when that will be done as of this writing.

Countersinks: All countersinks are made and are still at grinding. The stands are made and are at anodizing. I am hoping to get all of these out next week.

HP-6 Misc. Soles and Irons: I am still waiting for the scoring cutters for the rabbet kits. Should know more tomorrow.

UG-1 Gages; All parts will be finished late this week and then off to anodizing and laser. This might be tough to get out by months end, so the safe answer is the first two weeks of Sept.

There ya go! It’s intense here, especially with Consuelo at home with her new baby Nathan. Both are doing well.

-John

Bridge City Phone System has Gone AWOL…Sorta.

Drivel Starved Nation;

Remember the old saying, “No plan survives the collision with reality.“? It’s true.

It’s a long story, and I won’t bore you with the details, but our voice mailbox is not working and will not work for another couple of weeks. Apparently, porting an 800 number from one carrier to another is not an overnight thing. To get around the delay, we have forwarded all of our incoming lines in Portland to the new Montclair office. Because these are forwarded calls, the voice mailbox has become an issue. We can’t access it without disabling the call forwarding feature. Dumb.

So… if you run across some cranky customer on the internet complaining how we do not return calls, PLEASE give them my email address; john@bridgecitytools.com. I answer all cranky emails each and every day which is my favorite part of the day! Thanks for understanding.

The good news here? The SA-2v2, SA-1v2 and the SA-3v2 awls are going out this week!

-Still Your Favorite Banged Up Tool Potentate

What a Week Here…

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."— Stephen King

Drivel Starved Nation;

Last week was intense. On Monday we packaged all of the HP-10 Cove/Core kits and they were all shipped out of our facility by Tuesday. Continue reading

It’s Official, The Bridge City Tool Works Grand Opening in Monclair, CA is…

"I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one." — Paul Simon

Saturday, October 20!

 

Drivel Starved Nation-

I promised to leak this info to those that follow this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog and I did.

I am sure you will get a formal invite from the new Team BCTW in a couple of weeks–I hope you can make it!

This is your chance to meet the new BCTW team and Jack Xu and share your thoughts. Since your favorite Tool Potentate will be there, maybe this  is a great time to have the last “old school” BCTW reunion? Maybe Friday night?

That is for the DSN to decide, I just need to know where to show up!  If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to this post, that way others can see who is coming and what kind of party it will really be!

More later-

 

-John

 

 

 

Meet the New Bridge City Team in California…

At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day. — Simone Biles

Drivel Starved Nation!

We are down to the last two weeks (TRUE) of our 35 year run in Portland. It is a bit crazy here at the moment, we are  packing and planning our last blow-out sale.  Most of the really good stuff is now on eBay.

If all goes well, the Montclair, CA office of the new Bridge City Tool Works will open on August 6th.  Fingers crossed!  (TRIVIA QUESTION: What favorite TOOL POTENTATE claims August 6th as his birth date?) Continue reading