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

Using the Jointmaker Pro to Help Make Japanese Yosegi…

"The more I push myself to really live and really experience things and step outside of my comfort zone, the more the songs are allowed to flow." — Damien Rice

Drivel Starved Nation,

For those of you do not own a JMP (shame on you) it is known for precision and an unbelievable quality of cut. The harder the wood, the smoother the finish. Continue reading

Bridge City Tool News and another Blog Blow Out Sale!

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

Drivel Starved Nation!

Wow. It is really hard to believe that this office is closing at the end of the month. With that in mind, here is an update of our open projects; Continue reading

Bridge City Blog BLOW-OUT Sale!

"We must use time as a tool. Not as a couch."— John F. Kennedy

Drivel Starved Nation,

Say “Big Bridge City Blow-Out Bonanza” as fast as you can as many times as you can!

Wow. Our little-blow out sale for the combination square kits didn’t last long. Thank you! I may have up to 20 more of these in mid July if I can get a part made for a reasonable price, so stay tuned.

There will come a day, in the not to distant future, where our shop and warehouse will be empty and these cool deals will disappear forever.

In this “Blog Blow Out” sale, our second, we are liquidating combination square blades. We have maybe 100 or so of each, so I Continue reading

Here is First Our Bridge City Tool Works “Blog Only” Special!

"Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference." — Lou Holtz

Drivel Starved Nation!

We are slowly beginning the process of liquidating our Portland office. For those of you who are looking for discontinued tools, we are putting about 60 of them up on eBay over the next couple of weeks.

Today, while putzing around in our shop, I found yet another box. Why I found this I don’t know, but I think you might like this little weekend project; Continue reading

Bridge City Office Move to Los Angeles: More Details

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx

Drivel Starved Nation!

I would like to thank all of you for your generous support regarding my transition into retirement. It is not something that is easy to do, and there are days where I question my decision making abilities… but it is a done deal and I am committed, and looking forward to what the future might bring.

I have been informed that there are three new BCTW hires in the LA office and the week after the July 4th holiday, they will be in Portland for a week of training, so we are methodically attempting to make a seamless transition.

Consuelo is still as cranky as ever with baby 84 kicking around. FYI.

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