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Postby gippy » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:03 am

HI there. Gippy from the UK here. Lived in Thailand for 5 years, currently renting in Bangkok. We will be building a modest house and workshop near Wat Phu Tok in Bueng Gan province. Hoping to start with a simple workshop for my woodworking equipment later this year. We will be building an empty house with an outdoor kitchen to start with. I will be making all the furniture and trim myself, full fitted kitchen, bedroom suite, built in bookcases and so on. Joined the site for advise in keeping the builders in line!
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby schuimpge » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:44 am

hello Gippy,

Look forward seeing your build-story.
Lots of people here giving very good information.
Good luck.
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Postby MGV12 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:05 am

gippy wrote:HI there. Gippy from the UK here. Lived in Thailand for 5 years, currently renting in Bangkok. We will be building a modest house and workshop near Wat Phu Tok in Bueng Gan province. Hoping to start with a simple workshop for my woodworking equipment later this year. We will be building an empty house with an outdoor kitchen to start with. I will be making all the furniture and trim myself, full fitted kitchen, bedroom suite, built in bookcases and so on. Joined the site for advise in keeping the builders in line!


Hello Gippy and welcome to CTH ... we can never have enough Brits on here!

Gippy the chippy :) ... always beneficial to have a skill you can use to cut down on those 'specialist' areas that command a [relatively] high price here ... which unfortunately is rarely warranted.

Assume you have some land ... pics? ... guess you have some sort of plan ... pics? You say keeping the builders in line ... does that mean you have agreed a contract?

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Postby gippy » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:45 pm

Gippy the chippy, I like that :D I used to work on electrical systems so I will probably do some of the electrical work myself as well, or at least supervise the dirty work.
We have the land which has been filled for 2 years now. No plan or builders yet. We are still debating which design we like the best. Top of the list is a 2 bedroom single floor, decent sized kitchen and large open plan living and dining room.
Next month we are heading there to arrange the builders and plan for my workshop, if they work out well we shall use them for the house.

This plot is around 360 wah I'm told. I don't have any photos showing the whole plot but you can get the idea from these. A few bonus shots of some of the stuff I made for my workshop are included for those of you into that kind of thing.

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Re: Hello everybody

Postby MGV12 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:00 pm

gippy wrote:A few bonus shots of some of the stuff I made for my workshop are included for those of you into that kind of thing.


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Nice mallet ... never lend tools to workers in LOS as they will be driving in nails and screws with it!

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Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:58 am

gippy wrote:Gippy the chippy, I like that :D I used to work on electrical systems so I will probably do some of the electrical work myself as well, or at least supervise the dirty work.
. A few bonus shots of some of the stuff I made for my workshop are included for those of you into that kind of thing.


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Hi Mark

You have some nice pieces and clearly spend more time on finishing that I do. :) I really like the stools you made and will be taking some ideas from them.

One question, where did you get the melamine coated board that you use on the router table and drill press table? And what is the substrate?
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Postby gippy » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:43 am

Hi Sometimewoodworker.

Glad you popped up, I was reading through your Grandmas house build and wanted to ask where did you get your pipe clamps from?

The storage cart, router table and drill press table are either a MDF or plywood substrate that I covered with laminate using contact cement. But there are a couple of places on wood street in Bangkok that stock melamine covered particle board or MDF. I haven't looked elsewhere for it yet. I'm hoping to find it around Udon Thani when I build my house or I will have to get it in Bangkok as I will be making regular trips there anyway.
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:48 am

gippy wrote:Hi Sometimewoodworker.

Glad you popped up, I was reading through your Grandmas house build and wanted to ask where did you get your pipe clamps from?

The storage cart, router table and drill press table are either a MDF or plywood substrate that I covered with laminate using contact cement. But there are a couple of places on wood street in Bangkok that stock melamine covered particle board or MDF. I haven't looked elsewhere for it yet. I'm hoping to find it around Udon Thani when I build my house or I will have to get it in Bangkok as I will be making regular trips there anyway.

The pipe clamps are from Axminster (UK) to Japan then in baggage to Thailand, but thaicarpenter might have some.

You won't (AFAIK) find either melamine or melamine covered board in Udon. I've found a little in Khon Kaen, but I'm getting my pickup delivered to Bangkok in January next year for a trip to wood street.

More later.
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Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:19 pm

I visited wood street last month. We were just looking around to find if there was good plywood and other board material, as well as looking for comfortable wood chairs.

FWIW I haven't got into making chairs as they take much more time than tables and cabinets.

We went into one of the biggest shops in wood street and asked about material making it clear that we were not buying. We got the biggest surprise of our time in Thailand. SWMBO has said that she has never met anyone as helpful as he was in Thailand.

We were taken around the ground floor by a worker in the shop. Then he suggested that he show us the second floor where the stock was even better. He was happy to have me photograph anything I was interested in. All in all we probably spent about half an hour being shown different material, they had some very nice plywood where the face veneer was at least 2 or 3mm thick an very nice.
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V,good ply


They also had OSB something I've never seen in Thailand.

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All thickness and grades of rubber wood

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Rubber wood board this is A grade


And a totally man made board that looks very interesting that I've never seen or heard of and would like some more info as it is quite expensive

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Light plastic core and face board


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Light plastic core and face board 2
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Postby gippy » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:46 am

That plywood looks good, finding 20mm plywood with a good flat face has not been easy even in wood street. Most of the 20mm ply is only 7 ply and a bit light and quite undersized. I managed to find a few sheets of good 9 ply in one shop but bought everything they had!
Did you keep a card with the name and address of where you visited?

Wood street has improved vastly over the past few years. The choice for large tools is much better now and the prices are better than online. There is a router bit factory about half way down that can make almost every kind of bit to order and then ship them out through EMS. They have the Rockler catalogue from the US for reference but they will make them for much less. They are decent bits as well, nice thick cutting edges and no problems with rust. Re-sharpening only 10 baht each.
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:56 pm

gippy wrote:That plywood looks good, finding 20mm plywood with a good flat face has not been easy even in wood street. Most of the 20mm ply is only 7 ply and a bit light and quite undersized. I managed to find a few sheets of good 9 ply in one shop but bought everything they had!
Did you keep a card with the name and address of where you visited?

Wood street has improved vastly over the past few years. The choice for large tools is much better now and the prices are better than online. There is a router bit factory about half way down that can make almost every kind of bit to order and then ship them out through EMS. They have the Rockler catalogue from the US for reference but they will make them for much less. They are decent bits as well, nice thick cutting edges and no problems with rust. Re-sharpening only 10 baht each.

That's good to know, and yes I've got the card but you don't need that. The shop is here
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Postby gippy » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:02 am

Got it thanks, I know where that is but haven't visited it yet. So many shops, too little money :)
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