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Forum topic by jusfine posted 12-15-2011 05:37 AM 2176 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2011 05:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: square bridge city tools question

I am one of the first people to justify a tool purchase, but this seems a little overboard, unless you have unlimited resources and are just collecting squares for show.

I’d be scared to use them, and what if you dropped one? :(

Your thoughts??

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 05:43 AM

If I dropptd one, you would probably hear me cry all the way up in Canada.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 05:49 AM

I just re-read the info, it says it would make an awesome gift for the person who has everything…I should buy it for myself!

You would hear me screaming all the way to Kansas too Shane!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 06:06 AM

to much for me.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 07:54 AM

I really like a lot of Bridge City stuff but I am not that wealthy… I can understand a tool collector wanting these. Their stuff does hold its value.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 01:18 PM

For crying out loud!
Not even if I had the money, perhaps if someone gave it to me – DO YOU HEAR ME SOMEONE!!!
Laugh, they are niceI admit, truely but I’m retired.
One day I will try and offer this one to my self, I think that is a sexy square:

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 02:37 PM

I believe I’ll just have to pass this one up. ;-|


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 08:41 PM

10 bids already. (none mine…)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 05:21 PM

Well, the auction ended at $407.00…


-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 06:06 PM

John Economaki is brilliant, and I love his stuff. Sure, some borders on the corny—I have a square with a penny that rattles in the handle—but I like that he takes things to the limit.

I have two Bridge City squares still in the box, due to land in my sons’ laps when I die. But I have three tools that I use regularly—a rule, a square (based on the speed square) and a bevel gauge. They are tools and I use them and enjoy them, and if I dropped one, I’d pick it up right away.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#10 posted 12-16-2011 06:23 PM

Beautiful tools, but unless they do the work for me, I’m not sure I could justify their price…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 12-16-2011 06:52 PM

Lee, I agree, I love his “inventions” as well.

I have a number of their tools too, some are used daily, others like the Spider Divider and Depth Guage are in the box and was used only a few times.

I also have a few new-in-box models, but unless my granddaughter takes up carpentry, so far nobody to pass them on to…

Here come the applications… :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 12-16-2011 06:56 PM

Randy, I would like to apply. Does being first help my case?

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 06:57 PM

It seems like in every hobby there is a market for products that are only marginally better and cost a lot more.

In golf, people will pay a lot of money for clubs that are only marginally better (if any better) so they can show off at the club. The same is true of fishing poles, guns, tennis rackets, bicycles, etc.

IMO – that is what we are seeing here.

If someone bought me these squares as a gift, I would display them and, literally, never use them. The same can be said for some (but not all) of the other Bridge City Tool products.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 12-16-2011 07:25 PM

It’s interesting to me how some people will find a way to justify what they like. Whoever spends the money for those squares will certainly have their reason for buying them. Not to offend anyone but, I feel the same way about Festool stuff. Good stuff but, not worth that inflated price…IMHO

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 12-17-2011 04:36 PM

I have only one Bridge City tool, an 18” felexible centre finding rule.
Got it in a close out from Lee Valley “cheap” some years ago, it sees regular use, and lives on a magnetic tool bar over my bench..
Nice rule, but more often I reach for the 12” version that LV has sold for years.
The high end, high priced collectables are very pretty, but I wouldn’t dare use one unless someone gave me two sets ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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