the humble house workshop #9: one door closes, another opens

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Blog entry by kiwi1969 posted 08-09-2009 08:13 AM 2132 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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FINALLY!!! after almost 2 years of struggle in the Philippines it has actually happened. The light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train! I found a backer for my business plan and I now have a small furniture company of my own! Thats it behind the red door. Photobucket
The tools are your basic stuff. Planner/thicknesser combo, bandsaw, drill press etc all of it generic chinese, actually very good generic chinese I must say, but thats what the setup budget allows for and it,s not like there,s a powermatic or grizzly dealer on every corner here so you use whats available on the market. Photobucket
You have no idea how good this feels. When you look in the mirror everyday and see your cheekbones and ribs sticking out you know things are tight! I must say it always amused me to hear sob stories from people who couldn,t make the payments on their SUV,s when I was here selling my shirts just to buy rice so I could eat. But I,m so thin now none of my clothes fit anyway! Faith in Allah, patience and perserverance are the three things that got me through the tough times here and even when all I had was a cup of rice ( literally!) I never stopped believing that this day would come. Thanks to all LJ,s for the motivation I got everyday on this site, and a personel thanks to one jock in particular to whom I ve sent a thankyou pm.
Asallam o alikum.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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View daltxguy's profile


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#1 posted 08-09-2009 08:25 AM

Congratulations! Finding someone who believes in you is always a great thing. It usually follows right after you believe in yourself so I’m certain you are on your way.

Let’s hope you are not making ‘Modenr and Artique’ furniture, otherwise your competition is next door!

Care to share what the business plan entails? Maybe you can make some overseas sales…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 08:44 AM

Hey steve. the neighbours actually make the carved stuff I blogged about awhile ago and I have no intention of going into competition with them, or hireing their signwriter!. My stuff will be based on Art and craft and 1950,s modern and at this stage it will be local only, but my backer has some future export ideas, and knowing how tough that game is we will have to wait and see about that one. At this stage there will be a small storefront onsite and some rented space in some of the furniture marts around manila.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 04:52 PM

Congrats and Good Luck!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 08-09-2009 05:54 PM

Wish you the best of luck! My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 02:50 AM

Hi Daryl – congrats! And best wishes for your enterprise.

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 03:00 AM

sallam, congratulations! that looks like a great start.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 05:25 AM

Hey Daryl
Again I’m so happy for you. This is a much better set up than working on you patio with just hand tools.
May your business grow and prosper and you happines with it.


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#8 posted 08-11-2009 02:26 AM


Where is your shop located? I can’t figure it out from the shop signs beside your shop.

Best of luck!


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 08-11-2009 11:56 AM

Wishing you success! Working for yourself you will find your boss is never satisfied and expects incredibly long hours :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 08-11-2009 02:29 PM

Hi mark. you forgot mention how poorly the boss pays!
Thanks everyone for the best wishes, I know it won,t be easy but I reckon if I managed survived here for this long on fresh air and hope then the rest should be a cake walk. Inshallah!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#11 posted 09-02-2009 03:25 PM


Is that your original workbench supporting the miter saw?

-- I still have all ten thumbs

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#12 posted 09-05-2009 07:57 AM

nope, it,s made especially for the saw. Just made from ordinary grade 3/4 ply. Hope the neighbours don,t mind you haveing a workshop in your house!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#13 posted 09-07-2009 06:12 AM

The neighbors are mostly gone in the daytime, plus there’s a bit of open space for the noise to dissipate… Your workshop’s in Las Pinyas? I’d like to drop by for a vist someday, though navigating that area is quite a challenge.

Is that table saw from Torq? I’ve seen the ad and I’ve been tempted to buy one (more precisely, tempting my wife to let me buy one ).

-- I still have all ten thumbs

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#14 posted 09-07-2009 06:28 AM

Good Luck Keep the Good Work up

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 09-07-2009 06:59 AM

Hey Kiwi,

Got your message. Thanks. Just as I thought. I have not been there in 10 years. Maybe more. For pipe clamps, try Han’s tools. It’s at the 7th floor of the Shangrila at the corner of EDSA and Shaw. Take the MRT and get off at Shaw. A bit expensive though.I got it then at about P1250 for a quarter incher without the pipe of course. That’s US$25.00 for all you lucky Stateside Jocks. For the pipes, I bought a 20ft long piece of G.I. pipe at a the nearest hardware store. I asked them to cut it into 4 pieces and to put threads on the middle pieces.

I was also able to get a .8 meter F-style clamp at a store called “DIY Shop” in Cubao for about P400. That store has several other branches. I don’t know if they have one near you. Probably in Alabang.


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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