New Hand Tools Coming in 2020

Welcome to Tees Valley Tool Works!

Our Story
Tees Valley Tool Works is a 2019 start up company based in the beautiful Tees Valley in the North East of England.

I started this business because I was unable to source some of the tools I wanted at a reasonable price. The tools I wanted were sometimes too expensive second hand, due to rarity, not available second hand and/or no longer available new.

The company’s aim is to provide 21st century high quality versions of some of these original tools. The tools will be made to higher standards and of better materials than the originals and function just as well or better.

Where are we currently
The tool we’re currently working on is based on the Edward Preston (1825-1932) 1399P originally made in 1907. A later version was made by Tyzack until the 1970’s both the Edward Preston and Tyzack versions come up on eBay occasionally but with big price tags. 

Right now we’re looking towards using crowd funding to create the initial investment into materials, parts and construction.  Our initial prototype is ready and went down well when shown at the 2019 Harrogate Show.  

UPDATE April 2020

I have run into a few technical and funding issues with getting some additional prototypes completed and have missed my planned launch date for Kickstarter. Now we have COVID 19 to contend with! I am working on things in the background but until the lockdown ends I can not really make much progress. I wish everyone out there teh best of health during this difficult time. 

Update August 2020

The COVID crisis continues to cause me issues. Sadly the cancellation of MACH 2020 slowed down my investigations into the best way to manufacture these efficiently. Doing each one manually is just not going to be cost effective although the finish on my prototype is very pleasing.  I am still intending to launch the project via Kickstarter but I need to nail the manufacturing processes  and costs first so I ensure affordability for me and my customers. Thanks for your support and don’t forget to register your interest below.

Register below and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for updates on our progress. If you would like to own one of our tools and be reminded when we go live with Kickstarter please complete your details below.  

The Beautiful Tees Valley
TVTW 1399 Style Router Plane
New 1399 Style Router Plane

18 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Rafael E. Herrera

    Please let me know about your progress towards the hand router and other tools you are working on. Thx, Rafael

  2. Hello

    I am interested … in part just to support you doing it.

    Fingers crossed that you can raise the right level of interest.

    Brgds

    Mark

    1. Thanks Mark,
      Its a slow process getting everything just right so I’m ready to launch it on Kickstarter. If I want to keep the end cost down for the customer I have to make them not only beautiful but as efficiently as possible.

    1. Thanks for the support Ian, please feel free to share in any forums you follow I am trying to build up some interest and traction in advance of launching on Kickstarter.

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    1. Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your support. Things are a bit slow in development due to delays in prototyping and now COVID has kicked in. Ill keep you informed when I have some progress or keep an eye on teh website too.
      Best wishes
      Ian

  4. Hello!

    What a fantastic idea! I’m very interested in the router and looking forward to hearing more about it.

    Good luck with it.

    Best wishes,
    Gareth.

    1. Thanks Gareth, there has been some delays due to work commitments and now COVID still working through prototypes and teh making process, Ill update the site when I have news.
      Ian

    1. Hi Frank,
      I will let you know, the COVID crisis has delayed my project significantly but I am still working on it.

      Thanks for registering your interest

      Ian

    1. Hi Tyler, thanks for your support, unfortunately the COVID crisis has upended my original timeline. I’ll add your details to my list of interested people and let you know when I launch the kickstarter.
      Thanks again
      Ian

  5. Ian, please let me know when you launch your kickstarter and send me any other updates you find pertinent. Best of luck! Gary

    1. Thanks Gary, I’ll add you to the list. Unfortunately COVID has really messed with my plans both practically and financially hopefully as the crisis eases Ill get back on track.
      Ian

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