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