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Offline michael.williams

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Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:24 PM »
Hey good people, we just launched the Calavera Tool Works 5# Utility Bag System. Check out this sweet video from our friends out West to get an idea what it's all about, then hit me with whatever questions you might have.



Oh, and though we spent many, many months testing these out on jobsites and workshops around the country, I'd like to enlist a few product testers from this neck of the woods. First 4 folks to send me a PM will get a 4-Bag intro system to use and abuse to their heart's content. No strings attached... just looking for a little product feedback.

Thanks!

Michael Williams
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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2016, 11:37 PM »
Got you covered, John! Send me some details and I'll get some goods on the road as soon as possible! Better go ahead and include a t-shirt size as well.

And since I can reasonably assume based on your username that you build boats... tell me please, what are your most frequently used consumables or supplies?

Thanks!

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2016, 11:38 PM »
Same here, just let me know if I was one of the lucky ones and I will send you my info.

Thanks,

Daniel
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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2016, 11:39 PM »
Do you have dealers in Canada? [crying]
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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2016, 11:48 PM »
Same here, just let me know if I was one of the lucky ones and I will send you my info.

Thanks,

Daniel

Got you covered, Daniel! Send me some shipping info and a t-shirt size!

Oh, and I'd love to know... what are your most critical consumables? And do you use an MFT currently?

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2016, 11:49 PM »
Do you have dealers in Canada? [crying]

Getting close... but not quite there. Only been in business for two weeks, after all! Who's your favorite to deal with? Tell them to give me a call already! Ha!

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2016, 12:13 AM »
Not sure if I made it in but I would love to test it out

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2016, 12:19 AM »
Not sure if I made it in but I would love to test it out

Nick! You're under the tent, my man. Send me some details, including tshirt size.

And let us know how you think you might put it to good use, if you don't mind!

Thanks!

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2016, 12:27 AM »
Great product...

Am I #4?

Greets
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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2016, 12:33 AM »
You slipped in under the wire, Pawel! Tell me a tshirt size and where to send your new gear!

Hope you'll snap a few pics and show me some new applications! Thanks a ton in advance.

Michael

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2016, 12:37 AM »
Like the idea of those when stuck in places like up a ladder, on a roof, etc.

 [cool] [cool]

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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2016, 12:38 AM »
I am very exited about that,

I just finished today, suspended ceilling (about 2000sq/ft) alone, i was out of the space in my Apron, your bag system could be perfect for that.....

I will post pictures here while it is in use.. ASAP
Greets
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You slipped in under the wire, Pawel! Tell me a tshirt size and where to send your new gear!

Hope you'll snap a few pics and show me some new applications! Thanks a ton in advance.

Michael

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2016, 12:50 AM »
Can't wait to try them. Ladder work was the first place my mind went.  I hate running out of screws when up a ladder.  I like the idea of holding the dominos for large project as well

Thanks again. 

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2016, 12:52 AM »
Precisely! You got the idea exactly. Now I just need to cook up a Gear Hitch for the top of a ladder!

Can't wait to try them. Ladder work was the first place my mind went.  I hate running out of screws when up a ladder.  I like the idea of holding the dominos for large project as well

Thanks again.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2016, 12:59 AM »
Up a ladder, on a roof... or under a house. I've dragged way too many flimsy home center bags and ripped up boxes on my way to repair busted pvc.

I honestly think you'll find limitless uses for them... which is really how the system came to be. I kept sending out singles for people to test out, but then realized they'd want at least a few to really integrate into their workflow. After that realization, it looked like they'd need a home so I cooked up the storage bars. And since the MFT is one of my top 3 favorite Festools, I figured I'd better give that some love as well.

But everyone is different. Some people use them as replacements for their toolbelts altogether and some use them to store all their Domino tenons. And I want to hear about em all!

M



Like the idea of those when stuck in places like up a ladder, on a roof, etc.

 [cool] [cool]

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2016, 01:01 AM »
I would have killed for these a few months ago. I live in Florida and when we have hurricanes I put up shutters locally. Having a pocket full of t-nuts sucks and it's even worse when you only need two more and your up on the roof and run out.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2016, 01:08 AM »
You're so right. And that right there (roof applications, not t-nuts exactly) was one of the primary justifications for the drawcord and heavy duty materials.... I wanted someone to be able to throw them onto or off of a roof without worrying that they'd spill everywhere!

That, and just about more than anything else... sometimes all you need is a drill and a bag of screws! Why lug a 30lb toolbelt onto a roof, or heck... anywhere else that you don't absolutely need it.


I would have killed for these a few months ago. I live in Florida and when we have hurricanes I put up shutters locally. Having a pocket full of t-nuts sucks and it's even worse when you only need two more and your up on the roof and run out.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2016, 08:55 AM »
I think they would be great for any trade. I install kitchens and do renos and can see it being used for a wide variety of tasks. Looks good for any time you have to go up and down ladders all day. Too bad I'm #6. 

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2016, 09:27 AM »
Goner, You are quite right on all accounts. And since we've had various iterations of the system out in the field for the past 6-7 months,  it's been pretty fun to see them take on a life of their own. Some guys use them for what I'd call their original stated purpose, as single-purpose storage bags for high-use consumables such as dominos or fasteners, but lots more of them are being used as task-specific job kits, made up of a few tools and components necessary for a specific application. As in, "leave the toolbelt... just take what you need."

At the end of the day, we figured we should just make the bags as tough and versatile as possible, and leave the rest to the user's imagination. More or less, I think it can be pretty safely said that no two shops or jobsites are the same.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2016, 11:11 AM »
I have had my hands on these for a while now, super handy for electrical work in my shop and anytime I needed to carry around a decent quantity of one item.

Keep up the good work dude.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2016, 07:43 PM »
Do you have dealers in Canada? [crying]

Getting close... but not quite there. Only been in business for two weeks, after all! Who's your favorite to deal with? Tell them to give me a call already! Ha!

Clermont's Ultimate Tool Supply in Burnaby and Lee Valley are my go-tos...
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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2016, 04:07 PM »
Darcy, You're pretty much old school super-user, as far as I'm concerned. Need to get a picture of your mug up on the site!

Did I mention that the site just went live yesterday?

www.calaveratoolworks.com

Let me know what you think.

M

I have had my hands on these for a while now, super handy for electrical work in my shop and anytime I needed to carry around a decent quantity of one item.

Keep up the good work dude.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Dan and I have some good history, actually. Excellent guy, and really knows his Festool. One of the very first attendees at a Festool End-User training, if I recall correctly. Need to give him a shout soon.

Thanks!

M

Do you have dealers in Canada? [crying]

Getting close... but not quite there. Only been in business for two weeks, after all! Who's your favorite to deal with? Tell them to give me a call already! Ha!

Clermont's Ultimate Tool Supply in Burnaby and Lee Valley are my go-tos...

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2016, 07:50 PM »
Michael

My bags arrived today.  They are really well made and the size is great for easy access without having to use two hands.

I'll write up more after loading them up and using for a few days!

Many thanks!

Neil

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2016, 06:01 AM »
Hey good people, we just launched the Calavera Tool Works 5# Utility Bag System. Check out this sweet video from our friends out West to get an idea what it's all about, then hit me with whatever questions you might have.



Oh, and though we spent many, many months testing these out on jobsites and workshops around the country, I'd like to enlist a few product testers from this neck of the woods. First 4 folks to send me a PM will get a 4-Bag intro system to use and abuse to their heart's content. No strings attached... just looking for a little product feedback.

Thanks!

Michael Williams
Founder and CEO
Calavera Tool Works
michael@calaveratoolworks.com

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2016, 10:22 AM »
Neil, That's great to hear. Definitely interested to see some pics once you've got them in gear, so to speak.

Still owe you a t-shirt too. Just didn't want to delay getting the main goods in hand.

Thanks and feel free to hit me with any questions or feedback, here or via PM.

M

Michael

My bags arrived today.  They are really well made and the size is great for easy access without having to use two hands.

I'll write up more after loading them up and using for a few days!

Many thanks!

Neil

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2016, 11:32 AM »
Glad to see you back on the FOG Michael.  I applaud you for making your bags right here in the USA. [thumbs up]  Congrats and I wish you the best of luck.
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

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« Reply #27 on: December 18, 2016, 12:53 PM »
Received mine yesterday. The aluminum brackets are impressive, extremely well built and laser etched with logo(nice touch). I used one bag for some electrical nuts while hanging some interior lights. I was able to put my screw drive and linemans in there as well saving me some trips up the ladder.  I'll update with some more used I find for them as well as pics.  Great product!

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #28 on: December 18, 2016, 04:35 PM »
Hey Brice! Great to hear from you too, old friend. And while it was indeed a challenge to be absent from a community I care so much about, I figured it was better to keep my head down and nose to the grindstone until I had something worthy to share. Looking very forward to catching up with many old friends, no question about it.

Oh, and as you can guess, the MUSA certainly didn't come easy. And goodness knows it didn't come cheap. It was a key driver from day one though, and I'm pretty proud that we pulled it off. Really paid off in terms of quality.

Definitely need to touch base one day soon. All the best to you, and Merry Christmas as well!

m

Glad to see you back on the FOG Michael.  I applaud you for making your bags right here in the USA. [thumbs up]  Congrats and I wish you the best of luck.

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Re: Calavera Tool Works and the 5# Bag - Introduction
« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2016, 04:37 PM »
Hey Jake! Great to hear. Now let's see some pics! Well... no selfies from the top of the ladder, of course.

Received mine yesterday. The aluminum brackets are impressive, extremely well built and laser etched with logo(nice touch). I used one bag for some electrical nuts while hanging some interior lights. I was able to put my screw drive and linemans in there as well saving me some trips up the ladder.  I'll update with some more used I find for them as well as pics.  Great product!