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I am still working on getting some pictures of my current, very small shop. In the meantime here is a picture of the future location for my custom built shop. It’s in a small village in the far north east of Thailand. When we build our house there I will be building a combined shop and farm storage building. I can’t wait to have enough room to swing a cat.

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#1 posted 03-04-2009 05:33 PM

Mark, this is a nice start on your shop. Painting the walls will help with lighting in there and adding a bench is a good idea. That is an essential element of nearly all shops.

Keep us posted as you update your shop. But it looks to me as if you are off and running.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-04-2009 06:10 PM

during my visits to thailand i always wondered what those rubber trees would be like to work with.
have you had a chance?
great shop, i’m sure the projects and creativity will flow.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 01:42 AM

I just completed my first project using rubber wood to make a footstool. It seems OK to work with but I don’t have anything to compare it against! It comes in wide boards that are made from fairly narrow and short strips that are jointed. I learnt not to cut through the joints as after a couple of weeks the joint will crack open, I lost my first footstool top to that and had to recycle it for the next stool.

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 01:45 AM

I’ve seen some very nice projects come from small areas like you have there. Keep us posted.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 03-05-2009 01:51 AM

Looking good so far. Just needs a mini bar!

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

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 02:23 AM

Mark thats a nice shop.

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#7 posted 07-14-2009 05:22 AM

If you buy the wood from them they will build things for you? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me! Sounds like an easy way to start a furniture business!

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#8 posted 07-14-2009 05:29 AM

Hi Sailor. HomePro in Thailand do indeed build things for free for you. They charge more for the wood than if you go to a lumber yard but that’s to be expected. It’s not fine furniture by a long way but it has it’s uses.

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#9 posted 11-23-2009 11:06 AM

They probably think I am crazy for standing out in the sun doing woodwork! The woodworking season is just getting started for me with the end of the monsoon, iI’m itching to get back and make some sawdust.

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#10 posted 02-29-2012 01:30 AM

Back online after a long time. I’m sad to have to report that this shop is no longer. Those of you who follow the news may have heard about the floods in Thailand. Unfortunately they hit us hard and my shop was flooded for 5 weeks. I managed to save most of my tools but lost all my wood, jigs and anything else that wasn’t raised up over 1 meter. On the plus side we have since moved house and my new shop is 3 times bigger than this one. It’s still small but will be a lot more comfortable than the old one.

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#11 posted 02-29-2012 01:39 AM

Mark, sorry to hear about your flooding situation. I knew that had happened there. I talked to a close, long time friend right after that flooding. He is 3 hrs north of you. JB

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#12 posted 03-11-2012 03:50 AM

Added a photo of the state of the shop after 5 weeks of flooding. Cleaning it up and throwing away tools and jigs was quite heart breaking.

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#13 posted 12-18-2012 11:15 AM

Hello Mark,

I am glad to find another woodworker here in Thailand. Sorry about the old shop. Wish you good luck and good times in your new shop.

I live in Chiang Mai and also have a shop that I built a few years ago. Been using it mostly to build cabinets, cut wood for flooring, etc. We have a small farm (5 RAI) ENE about 10 K from Chiang Mai. We have been building various structures, including the little house we live in for over 7 years. Have some more I want to do before I quit making buildings and will be glad to get to the point where I can build some nice furniture which I have not done since I moved to Thailand 10 years ago.

What type of work do you do here in Thailand? Contact me via email.

-- cliff harger

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