About us

Well, there's not a whole lot to say here.

My name is Dominic and I'm a Mechanical Engineer by trade, but I've been in love with wood working my entire life. If you frequent Woodnet's Handtool Forum, you may see me there under my screen name "Blacky's Boy". My buddy and business partner is Mike. He's an engineer as well but of the electrical type (I don't hold it against him).

We formed (if you could call it that) TGIAG Toolworks unofficially back in 2009. As the name suggests, we're just two guys in a garage,....who happen to love to make wood working tools. This whole she-bang started when I noticed that the company I worked for was throwing out an enormous quantity of spring steel. The scrap value was so low that they were actually paying someone to come and take it away. I suggested that they get into the business of making card scrapers. They initially liked the idea but after a short run, decided to stick to fabricating items that they were more familiar with. This is where we stepped in and took the reigns. Mike had the metal working know how and machinery, while I handle the product design and wood working portion of it. We managed to snag a nice jump shear at an auction and away we went.

We started out making just card scrapers from 1095 spring steel and 301 SS spring steel. The 1095 has a Rockwell hardness of about Rc 48 to 52 and it takes and holds an edge like there is no tomorrow. The 301 SS is just a tad softer yet still takes an edge real well. Plus it's stainless steel. So it doesn't rust. We offered these scrapers up for sale during the Christmas Holiday and they were well received. Soon we were
offering 2" x 4" credit card scrapers in 0.015" and 0.025". Those little gems really were a hit! Especially when it was discovered how well they worked on curved items like plane totes and saw handles.

Shortly after our initial offering, we noticed that a lot of the members on WoodNet and other wood working sites were getting into making their own saws.
And guess what a saw plate is made from? If you said "Spring Steel" you are right. The one real PITA about making a saw is getting the teeth properly formed. Trying to form them by using a file and some kind of template was looked at with as much enthusiasm as cleaning a particularly nasty bathroom. You could do it, but it wasn't all that enjoyable. BUT if you were lucky enough to have a special kind of machine called a Foley Retoother, you could punch just about any size and configuration of teeth you could come up with. And they'd all come out evenly spaced and identical.

In a short time I acquired a Foley Retoother and started experimenting.  Our idea is to supply saw plates that were pre-punched to the customer's specifications. The saw plates would be all ready for the customer to cut them to the final shape (if required), drill some holes for the hardware, buff them to a mirror finish, and then sharpen them.

Lots of people sell kits to make saws. But many of the kits weren't much more than a bunch of pre-finished saw parts that you assembled. And certain kits called for you to make the handle. This is fine if you want to make the exact saw that the kit is meant for. But what if you wanted to make a saw other than what the kit offered? Or, what if you wanted to really make a saw from scratch?
A hand saw isn't that hard of a thing for someone to make. You just need a saw plate, a wooden handle, and some hardware to attach them together. In the case of a backsaw, you're going to need the brass back.

So we started offering the saw plates for sale. Then shortly after that, brass saw nuts as well.
From there it just took off. And that's where we are today. From time to time we add new items to the web site (like the Super Thin Card Scrapers). And now (after almost 2 years of work) we're proud to announce our new line of folded saw backs

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line

Thanks,
Dominic