New Hand Tools Coming in 2023

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The tool we’re currently working on is based on the Edward Preston (1825-1932) 1399P originally made in 1907.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. 

Our original plans have been severely affected by the COVID pandemic. Access to the support to develop our manufacturing process and capability has been too difficult to make any progress. Also the need to work on other projects to raise the funds for this has taken priority. A major NHS project will run until 2023.

We have our working prototype and the castings and other parts ready for our first 25 tools. We are attending MACH 2022 in Birmingham in April to engage with companies about how best to manufacture our tools.

Realistically we think it will be 2023 before we launch our marketing and  crowdfunding for this project. Thankyou for your patience please still register your interest and we will inform you when progress is made.

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

27 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.



    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

  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,

    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.

    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


    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

  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.

  6. It would appear, you and I are possibly on track to be rivals or possibly partners. I am in the process of looking to go into production of #71 and possibly 1399Ps along with a more modern design in bronze. It would be interesting to talk to you either through here or UKWorkshops or woodhaven2


    1. The COVID pandemic has hit me quite hard and have had to concentrate on the day job working for the NHS.

      So my plans for my tool are on hold at the moment. It will be after April 2022 when I have the funds to carry on, happy to discuss though.


    1. slow progress due to pandemic and my day job taking all my time still working on my productions plans but slow progress sadly

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