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10-12-2005, 01:02   #46
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Good idea Cormie, I'd love to see some pics of other peoples work. The piece is 610mmX410mm (at the widest point)

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Looking for a cabinet maker

Hello I am living in Kildare and looking for a cabinet maker to put in two units in my sitting room, I have designed them myself, very simple mainly for storage space. I am new to the area and no clue where to look, tried some kitchen co's and they said 6 months....

Would greatly appreciate it if you could pass on any names or what direction for me to go...

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My name is Joe and I've been working now making cabinets for a good while. I make cabinets on a completely commercial basis so I'm less of a hobbyist but I choose this path because it's hugely enjoyable and very satisfying.

Like everyone else I love the tools and using tools... mostly power tools it has to be said but the occasional handtool... I have a large workshop (1,000 sq Feet) and most of the tools required, but no lathe or bandsaw but I plan to get a bandsaw... any advice?

I also have a great 1970's stationary Trend-Elu combination router / spindle which takes 1/2 inch router cutters. Cast iron construction, total workhorse, 2,000w, 220V, single speed at 18,000 rpm, rated continous duty.... it also has a great fence incorporating dust collection... the router motor can be mounted above or below the table, the upper part can be lowered with a foot pedal for plunge routing, I have inserts for the table hole which are used for pin routing for template work... I also have power feed on it which is great, it gives complete consistency... I basically use it to make five piece, rail and stile, cabinet door frames... and also for the interior raised panel (for the doors).
http://www.eccabinets.com/Images/router.jpg

Another amazing tool is the Mafell DD40 dowelling machine. This is a handheld dowelling machine which drills two holes spaced 32mm apart, totally adjustable and very versatile... if used properly it can cut in half the time taken to make custom cabinets... that's incredible for a single tool but it's true in my case. It's not that cheap though but it's fully industrial, check it out on Google... the Irish supplier is Exaktool or something similar...

There's a bit about vacuums recently, I thought I'd mention the Record Power RSDE1 dustbin extractor, I'd highly recommend it, it's designed for woodworking, very easy to use, 100mm inlet, 1,100w, available for about €170 from McQuillans... this compares very well to other woodworking extractors as it can collect extra fine MDF dust or coarse planer shavings equally well, this might require extra filters with other systems... apparently most typical bag systems are cyclonic whereas the dustbin works by vacuum, this affects the way the suction changes when the 100mm diameter inlet is reduced to, say 50mm for a tool, apparently the vacuum doubles while the cyclonic halves, anyone have any thoughts? My dustbin has huge amounts of suction and can't be beaten for €170 in my view.


As I said, I'm commercial, I have a website to promote my products, I feel some of my best and most detailed work is at

http://www.eccabinets.com/Custom-Dressers.php

I'm only giving this link so people can see the type of stuff I want to make, not for business, I notice that everyone seems to be mad about lathes and not so much about cabinetwork or glasswork...

There's also spraying and finishing to consider, do many people have experience using polyurethane sprays for example?

Anyway so that's a few thoughts...
Cheers
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I'm john, just buying an old house at the moment so there will be quite a bit to be done there, although relatively boring by some of your measures, used like carpentry a lot as a kid, kinda got sidetracked by computers during college, now I work in IT (26) spent the last few years mucking about on cars and metal fabrication in general, only getting back to wood this year when my sister bought a house.

I have mostly generic DIY tools, plus pillar corded and cordless drills, and a DA sander. oh and an aldi chop saw, which is the best use of forty euro ever.

I'm looking at getting a router and circular saw once my house comes through, the saw for cutting sheet, and the router for making skirtings and reveals, I hate the normal mouldings and would much rather for a skirting to just have a simple board with maybe 30 degree angle to the top of it, more traditional, simple skirtings.

I reckon the price of the router and bits will be more than saved in that one job alone as most of the skirtings are gonna be replaced.

I'd hope to be able to make the router table myself from either aluminium or stainless so that I can easily and consistently run lengths for skirting.

Wouldn't say no to an electric planer either, aldi had em before chrimbo and i didn't buy, no idea why

anyway I'll stop rambling.

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Hi all,

My name is daniel.

newish to woodworking, did a little for the leaving cert and now that i have a small shed of my own have done a few small and simple projects. Plan to move forward to bigger and better projects as the budget allows.
Mechanical Engineer by profession so its nice to work with wood, it has a bit more character than aluminium and polymers.
Nice to see an active and friendly forum.
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I am Andy and have being on here for year,s helping anyone that needs it never have i not helped anyone who pm me BUT until Kadman and roofer quy is back on here my little thing to help them is i am not giving out any advice on woodworking now i had my little moan you nice people can get on with your day
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I am Andy and have being on here for year,s helping anyone that needs it never have i not helped anyone who pm me BUT until Kadman and roofer quy is back on here my little thing to help them is i am not giving out any advice on woodworking now i had my little moan you nice people can get on with your day
Hi Andy ,

The old saw is going great, but i think you been out in the sun too long my friend

You are among members of the brotherhood, woodworking crafts men, like yourself. You must have been in the wars , and suffering from "post traumatic stress disorder"

Come on in and chill for a while, and check out the gallery. Cool stuff there.

I cant stay long , when I do , threads tend to get locked

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Hi kad
I was not out in the sun and i do not want to chill there is to many people pushing there weight around you know what i mean talking about things they no nothing about ( wages carpenter,s union rate ) and i for 1 am sick of it so i stand over what i say and i am glad the saw is going great i have the bits for you if i had it now i would cut my laptop in half with temper
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I was not out in the sun and i do not want to chill there is to many people pushing there weight around you know what i mean talking about things they no nothing about ( wages carpenter,s union rate ) and i for 1 am sick of it so i stand over what i say and i am glad the saw is going great i have the bits for you if i had it now i would cut my laptop in half with temper
Hi Carpenter,
I know how you feel buddy, and I know exactly what you're talking about.

But you could always put in for the mods job here......

There are a lot of experts around on the boards alright....but we know the experts that matter. As i said you're in the good zone here. Crafts men one and all, they know their stuff, same as you.

So chill, and enjoy.

You're so far off topic here that I could ban you ....I could....yes I could, I will ,,,so I will.

Strange no one has been banned , binned , locked or moved on this forum.
See we really are friendly ,, mods as well.

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Hi lads. I've been tinkering with woodworking/turning for a few years now although I have to admit I'm fairly crap at it. My biggest downfall is measuring, I somehow manage to make stuff that just doesn't quite fit together. I enjoy the effort all the same.My next effort will be a wardrobe, actually a clone of a shop built wardrobe that I have at home so I may be looking for some advice in the future.I've been using boards for a while but only noticed this forum tonight, I'll be back.
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10-08-2006, 21:35   #56
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Hi Dubtom,

Welcome,
Making the effort , is half the fun of woodwork. Realising you could improve after every job undertaken , is the other half.

We are all learning here, pro's and novices too. We all have stuff to learn , and advice to give. So just ask

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30-09-2006, 14:24   #57
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i have a small joinery workshop, mainly specialising in Stairs and Mouldings windows and doors, so if anyone wants advice on any of the above , i'll help if i can.
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Hi everbody, I've just signed up today so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm an amateur woodworker (although I prefer to think of myself as semi-pro!). I work as an architectural technician in the building industry and I find that woodworking helps to keep me sane in what can sometimes be an otherwise dull office environment. I started getting interested in actually working with wood about 7 years ago, although I always loved wood and detailing in wood before i took some practical steps to worth with it. It started when I was trying to give up the smokes and I thought it might be an incentive to put the money saved towards building up a decent kit. That and a basic night class got me started. To date I've fitted my own kitchen (well, units were supplied by C&C Kitchens), built and fitted a traditional shopfront, made bookcases and other furniture for the home and kitted out a pretty decent work area in my father's workshop. I've got all the usual power tool kit: 1/2" router and table, circular saw, jig saw, biscuit jointer, drills, power planer, chop saw etc. I've a particular love of good hand tools so I've built up a good quality kit, with Clifton, Lie Nielsen, Record and Stanley planes and the like. I've got access to a SCM saw table, Scheppach surfacer/ thicknesser and an air compressor. I love working with wood as my hobby but I often wonder would it lose its appeal if I were trying to make a living from it?
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Bookshelves / Bookcases

Would anyone know of a good cabinet maker who would make customised bookshelves / bookcases in the Carlow area ?
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Hi all, just to say I,m a compleat beginner at Woodworking and Coumputers.
I,m in my eight decade now and only got the Wood bug some two years ago.
I,ve done the obligetery birds houses and feeders, and I made some ADIROANDACK CHAIRS WHICH TURNED OUT REALLY WELL.supprise supprise.
Some people asked me to make some for them. AnywayHer Indoorsis so impressed she bought me a new BOSCH 10" table for this Christmas. Like someone wrote in his intreduction I have some nice machines.I suppose the reason for this is I never learned to use hand tools, and my MENTOR & COACH the one and only NORM doesent use too many either I look forward to learning a lot through this forum. My biggest problems are winth joints I never learned how to make them hence all the power tools, . I think I have gone on long enough I can tell this by the pain in my fingure.God bless all it's never too late to learn I hope
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