Jump to content

The toolbox thread


100Tours
 Share

Recommended Posts

21 hours ago, Alouette3 said:

Who does Knipex tools locally? I've seen RS-online which seems decent and know of one or two niche stores.

Rs online has been the best I've found so far 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 663
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

On 7/21/2021 at 12:19 AM, Alouette3 said:

Who does Knipex tools locally? I've seen RS-online which seems decent and know of one or two niche stores.

You can also try Digi key , but I haven't ordered from them yet 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 hours ago, Steady Spin said:

I have a couple of wood projects coming up at the new house. Table tops, cupboard doors etc. 

All items that I would prefer not to cut on my shitty table saw. 

Recently started looking at track saws. Metabo makes a kit for around R5000 which includes a 160cm track. Bit short for 2.4m boards so another 160cm would be needed at R1400 and then another R1200 for the connecting hardware. 

Is there a solution out there that can cut straight lines 2m+ without spending R7500?

My 2c is plan carefully and you  can do it for a lot cheaper. But the reality is, if you see your workshop as an investment buy the tool. If you save 20k by doing your own kitchen, 7k on a tool to make it happen is an investment.

I built our entire kitchen last year just after hard lockdown. Cupboard carcasses, shelves, wood window sills etc. I did it all with an entry level table saw and the cuts were all within 3-4mm over the length. We did build a good in feeding and outflow table set up with scrap wood which makes a massive difference. With building cupboards there are probable only 5 length cuts you will make. Height, depth for the side panels, same depth and then standard width for shelves and bases etc. So I made a temporary fence that was super strong and screwed down to the extended table platform. Also made like a lot easier. Then when you cut, cut all to depth, then to height and so on. I used plywood and slotted everything, which may have been overkill, but those cupboards were super straight and super strong.

There are however other ways that I can highly recommend.

1 Option for chipboard type cupboards which I have used successfully- Draw out all your cuts needed from the board. Buy the board at builders and get them to do the cuts for you. I needed a quick extra full height double door cupboard. Honestly it was so easy, buy the board, they do all the cuts. Get home and assemble with brackets/hinges. Carcass was done in honestly 2 hours including the drive to builders. I know leroy, chamberlains, etc also do cutting so there are option. Usually it is some silly little fee per cut.

 

The 2nd option I can advise is to use somewhere like Made in Workshop here in Randburg.https://www.madeinworkshop.co.za/  Basically you pay for machine time in their workshop, they have a large format panel saw and a whole bunch of other stuff. So get the wood and the plan ready, book a day and go do all your big cuts. Then you just need to assemble it at home. They have a full workshop available, wood, metal 3d print etc. Very useful place.

 

Then what we found most effective and cost efficient is to use for doors is a company called SA Wrap. https://sawrap.co.za/

You go online, choose a door style, colour and texture. Specify each door and drawer front by size. Specify how many hinge holes into their form. It gives you an automated quote. I think our kitchen doors were ready 4 days after accepting quote. Really professionally done, it looks great when put on the carcasses and it is actually really cheap if you have built your carcasses. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

My Profile My Forum Content My Followed Content Forum Settings Ad Messages My Ads My Favourites My Saved Alerts My Pay Deals Settings Help Logout