All tools should aspire to the highest level. Perfect function, light and ergonomic feel, authentic style, sustainable materials, aesthetic inspiration, and some trick cleverness.
Jon’s dishing tools are all of the above. Modeled after the VAR style of tool, fast movement of the center post when moving from side to side, Jon adds an amazing locking device so this tool is truly one-handed (aka: Speed). Watch me demonstrate here.
The main body is laminated ash or myrtlewood. Jon personally searches through many boards to find just the right ones, with as straight, tight, and consistent grain as possible, sawed rift (as opposed to flat-sawn or quarter-sawn). Subsequent lamination gives the wood phenomenal stability: no warping or moisture vulnerability, incredible strength.
The piston is purpleheart, a luxuriantly colored tropical hardwood that is extremely dense and moisture resistant. The knob is Oregon-grown myrtle wood on the ash tool, a wild grain pattern much favored for instruments like Fender guitars. On the myrtlewood tool, the center knob is pale maple.
Every dish tool is machined to a few thousandths of an inch and finished with a marine teak oil blend. The result is stunning, as durable as a logger’s axe, as accurate as any dish tool in existence, as quick and convenient as Brett Flemming’s trigger dish tool.
Each is fit with an engraved “Wheel Fanatyk” stainless badge and comes with a small certificate attesting to its creation in Whitefish, Montana. The tool bears two large holes at either end for easy hanging.
Warm up your shop and give your wheels both karma and highest accuracy.