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Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:51 pm

Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment that I have found

Best general area: Wood street Bangkok for wood, wood working tools and equipment, from hand tools to heavy workshop equipment.
Also PanFar has sheet goods, mouldings and ready made parts
Thaicarpenter, online and Nakon Prathom: very helpful, make some unique items at good prices. Router table, table saw using a portable circular saw, and very good Youtube instruction movies (Thai only)
Hafele, Bangkok : the agents for Festool, they will sell direct to end users
ToolPro, Udonthani: usual prices but a wider selection than most and they have some very specialist items.

There is a good shop in central KhonKaen for sheet goods, they have a much better grade of plywood than the chain stores, I don't have the details at the moment.

There is a good tool shop that also does repairs in UdonThani at GPS 17.394922 102.796928 near the university and near 77 Thanon Thahan

Chain stores
DoHome, Global House, Thai Watsadu: generally similar stock some items are unique to one store, most plywood is not furniture grade.
HomePro, not so good selection of tools as the other three but better for some items and (AFIK) exclusive for Rothenburg paints and water based polyurethanes.

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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby canopy » Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:38 am

Thailand is becoming better and better for DIY. It went from a very small niche 5 or 10 years ago but now there has been an explosion in specialty shops and equipment to choose from. I love it.

For precision wood working I like Festool which is designed and manufactured in Germany. In Thailand they have an online catalog on the Hafele site and can take your order by phone or email and ship to you by EMS. Two weeks for anything not in stock otherwise right away. I have nothing but good experiences with their sales and tools; top notch. Festool has loads of youtube videos to see their products in use to help your buying decision. Very high prices, but good equipment for those who wish to be very precise and efficient like making hardwood cabinets which are very expensive here so you might end up saving money making them yourself even after buying top end tools. And even if you didn't, you'll have some incredibly nice tools for your next projects.
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:30 am

canopy wrote:Thailand is becoming better and better for DIY. It went from a very small niche 5 or 10 years ago but now there has been an explosion in specialty shops and equipment to choose from. I love it.

For precision wood working I like Festool which is designed and manufactured in Germany. In Thailand they have an online catalog on the Hafele site and can take your order by phone or email and ship to you by EMS. Two weeks for anything not in stock otherwise right away. I have nothing but good experiences with their sales and tools; top notch. Festool has loads of youtube videos to see their products in use to help your buying decision. Very high prices, but good equipment for those who wish to be very precise and efficient like making hardwood cabinets which are very expensive here so you might end up saving money making them yourself even after buying top end tools. And even if you didn't, you'll have some incredibly nice tools for your next projects.

You are sliding down the green and dark blue slippery slope :lol: as I am TS55, OF1400, CT22, Rotex150, DTS400, ETS150/3, Domino, MFK700,
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby canopy » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:08 am

That's impressive! This thread is more a specialty thread for pro's as a general purpose guy would just go out and buy something cheap anywhere. Festool is a product line not everyone may be familiar with as it isn't in the stores and many won't want it due to the prices. But if one takes a look at some festool videos you can start to get an appreciation. When you see the fit and finish in real life they are the most articulated, precise, and ergonomic tools I have used and I have a lot of blue Makita and Bosch around.

Let me add one more tip for finishing your wood. Go to HomePro and look for Protego wood oil. If your branch doesn't have it which is more than likely the case, they can get it or you can order it online from the HomePro web site. Very pricey. It's a natural Scandinavian type wood oil mainly used by the high end resorts. I especially like it for teak since it lets the wood breath and retains the beauty of the wood grain. They have UV & mold protection and the stuff lasts.
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Mike Judd » Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:37 am

There are plenty of good wood working tools out there, but for anyone starting out afresh, you couldn't do better than Festool. I say afresh because then you can make use of all their gatgets which interchange with the various tools. I particularly like their sliding tracks which have inserts for their corresponding tools like saws/jigsaws routers etc; to make accurate cuts with. Mind you I am a wood tool maniac who used to come away from the annual Sydney Wood Show loaded up but with more than empty pockets. :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:00 pm

Question; Has anyone in their travels seen a drill bit sharpener. Even when I buy top quality drill bits, whether they be for wood, or metal, I am sick and tired of having to discard them because I no longer have a jig for my bench grinder, or the cylindrical sharpener that takes all sizes, including countersunk's.
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Mike Judd » Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:20 pm

R.R. It all depends on how much you want to spend. There are ones that you put in any adjustable speed drill (the cheapest) going up in price and sophistication to the ones my mate has that cost $500 each, one unit for drills up to about 9m.m. and the other for the large ones. Maybe a bit of an over kill but he needs to be able to sharpen drills with different pitches as he makes all sorts of film equipment. If you are careful and patient with a slow fine bench grindstone, you can sharpen them by hand.? I'll have a look around though to see what's out there, they are always coming up with new gadgets. :roll: :roll:
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:43 pm

Mike Judd wrote:bench grindstone, you can sharpen them by hand.

I used to sharpen all my drill bits on a bench grindstone that had a jig attatched to the bench so you could vary the pitch. I'v looked for one in Thailand but with no results.
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby jack9 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:35 pm

Sometimewoodworker wrote: TS55, OF1400, CT22, Rotex150, DTS400, ETS150/3, Domino, MFK700


hello woodworker

if you could kindly showcase some of your diy projects, it could really get the forum going.

for me as a noob, what i have is a pretty banged up maktec router. personally for myself is to get my woodworking skills up before comtemplating more expensive purchases.

is there a difference between working on local hardwood and temperate hardwood? i read something about length of the grain, and whether it is open or closed. for example in making a dovetail joint, are they more subject to tearout?
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Mike Judd » Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:29 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:
Mike Judd wrote:bench grindstone, you can sharpen them by hand.

I used to sharpen all my drill bits on a bench grindstone that had a jig attatched to the bench so you could vary the pitch. I'v looked for one in Thailand but with no results.

As I said I will have a look out for that jig as that's what my Ex business partner used to use on our drills and he was quite successful with it. :wink: :wink:
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Mike Judd » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:43 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:
Mike Judd wrote:bench grindstone, you can sharpen them by hand.

I used to sharpen all my drill bits on a bench grindstone that had a jig attatched to the bench so you could vary the pitch. I'v looked for one in Thailand but with no results.


R.R. If you look up on Google "Drill Bit Sharpening Attachment by Joan Alaria" it comes up with a demo on it. I do have one left over from my ex business partner when we went our separate ways, he used to look after all the making of equipment years ago. I have never used it as I moved into using a Tormek grinding system with all the attachments, great gear, slow speed, water cooled, but expensive. I got sucked in on one of my many trips to the Sydney Wood Show. Anyway if you want it I will drop it off on my way down to Samui in Nov. Mike.
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:35 am

Mike Judd wrote:If you look up on Google "Drill Bit Sharpening Attachment by Joan Alaria" it comes up with a demo on it.



I did and google said

Your search -Drill Bit Sharpening Attachment by Joan Alaria - did not match any documents.

Suggestions:

Make sure that all words are spelled correctly.
Try different keywords.
Try more general keywords.
Try fewer keywords.

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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:37 am

Mike Judd wrote:R.R. If you look up on Google "Drill Bit Sharpening Attachment by Joan Alaria" it comes up with a demo on it. I do have one left over from my ex business partner when we went our separate ways, he used to look after all the making of equipment years ago. I have never used it as I moved into using a Tormek grinding system with all the attachments, great gear, slow speed, water cooled, but expensive. I got sucked in on one of my many trips to the Sydney Wood Show. Anyway if you want it I will drop it off on my way down to Samui in Nov. Mike.

Thanks Mike, and low and behold there was the photo of the one I used to use. If you think the Sydney wood show is bad try going to an Orange Field Day with four other cockies. Talk about a kid in a candy store.
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:45 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:Thanks Mike, and low and behold there was the photo of the one I used to use. If you think the Sydney wood show is bad try going to an Orange Field Day with four other cockies. Talk about a kid in a candy store.

Could you post or PM the link as I can't find it?
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Re: Sources of wood, wood working tools and equipment

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:55 am

This is the one I had for years and how it should be set-up: http://www.chronos.ltd.uk/acatalog/info_2221.html
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