John Economaki designs tools that look more like art from his Portland studio. This shoulder plane, made in 2009, was milled from a solid billet of stainless steel.
These profile gauges, made in 1999, are used to create mating profiles.
Plum bobs are one of humanity's oldest tools. These were made in 1995.
Economaki says this is the first fully functional variable pitch plane produced in quantity in American history. It was made in 2005.
This chisel set was made in 2005.
A marking guage (1997), a transfer bevel (1994) and a small square (1994)
Combination square (2010) and a palm brace (2008)
Low angle block plane (1999)
This combination of a try square and a bevel, which Economaki named the "squevel," is the first commemorative tool made by Bridge City Tool Works. It was made in 1992.
Before John Economaki made tools full time, he made custom wooden furniture. An allergy to wood dust now keeps him from making more.
21-Drawer Silver Chest
John Economaki, a former furniture maker, designs heirloom tools from his Portland studio Bridge City Tools Works.