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  1. thanks to all. And more generaly, how do you call the piece that goes onto the other? what adjective would you use?
  2. HEllo, I want to find info on the Net about my new sketchup plugin (GKware Cabmaker) but I have vocabulary issues. I'm looking how to make a cabinet with a "dominant back". Dominant bakc being the direct (and apparently wrong) translation of "fond dominant" in french. How do you english speaker tell the difference between the pieces that goes over the other one? In french we "dominé VS dominant"... Yes, like in BDSM. In case I was still not clear enough: My "dominant back" would not be in a groove, It would be the exact same size (ou 1mm less) than my cabinet, and screwed in the sides, top and bottom.
  3. En voilà un vieux post ressuscité! Bonjour à tous donc
  4. Talking about "flat and stable", I just bought four different panels of plywood this week (two of some cheap brazilian wood, and two of meranti) and those were strongly bended. (almost one inch in the short side) I Wonder why, because I had a look on the pile of sheet the second time I came to the reseller, and it was properly stored, nice and flat. To pile looked just fine, but when you took one of the panels out of the pile, it bended right away. Is it not supposed to bend less thanks to the perpendicular way they glue the sheets?
  5. Cool, moi j'ai vécu pas (tres) loin dechez toi pendant 5 mois (Vancouver). Et je pense que c'est l'endroit LE PLUS COOL DU MONDE! bon malheureusement ma femme, mes amis et ma famille n'ont pas accepté de tous déménager à Vancouver donc je suis resté ici
  6. done. tu as dejà un cercle de woodworker francophones toi? J4ai commecé à essayer d'en créer un la semaine derniere (betement en faisant une recherche sur "menuisier" et "charpentier" sur G+. J'en ai trouvé quelques un, mais pas bcp de poster pour le moment.
  7. No shame to that!. Despite the fact I have to work with them, I've not (yet) became an architect-hater. I've even good friend who are architect! No kidding
  8. Ok, that's a very good news. I guess if they are working ona a Ipad version, they just HAVE to be working on the android version too.
  9. NBG

    Cheap Walnut

    I just bougth two tiny piece of US walnut for my last project. I paid 100€ / square meter for 4/4 inches. so... that makes: <calculation> 155$ for one cubic foot ! \o/ (I work in belgium)
  10. Clearly, i've worked for an architect who could barely restrain himself to put viewable plywood edge in every project he did yeah! \o/
  11. cleary that has to play a role. And another thing too that can impact the number of supplier and their range of product: If you exclude the city states and other tiny islands, Belgium is in the top 10 (top 5?) of the country list by density of population http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states_and_dependent_territories_by_population_density (belgium 919 people / mi², Us 83, Canada: 9 !!)
  12. MMmmmh I do not know, my former employer had a 3 million € workshop. Ok that's more a factory than a carpentry shop. But there are still some guys in there who are skilled carpenter. You cannot do anything with machine. OR sometimes you could do it, but the good old ways is still the better way because you just have to do one or two of the stuff and not 500. The shop I work in for now is clearly over equipped regarding to the size of his workforce (Two employees + the boss) but it is very much fited to make what they make, kitchen. He does almost only kitchen, and there is no 36 ways to make those, whatever the door or viewed part are made of. And it is weird (and a bit sad) but this guy actualy bougth an old workshop which was only making plain wood furniture for furniture shop mainly, not for the end customer. He ceased to do that, because there was no way to make a living out of it (says he, but he is not a very good manager I think). Anyway, one of his employee is 55 years old and is still working in the same company he started with wen he was 18. So he has an huge experience in real woodworking... and cut MDF 90% of his time.
  13. Ho I am sure there are plenty of guys like that, but on while they are saving to pay for their dream furniture, on what are they seated? where their table come from? What's the brand of their dressing?
  14. For my part it is not FEstool who showed me that, but the carpenter who rent me a part of his shop. HE bougth a CNC (approx 200K€), an edgeband gluer (100+ K€) and a digital table saw (25K€) with a table that roll on 3m05 which is the length of a panel here... And it is just amazing to see how fast he and his two employee can makes furnitures. He has also a bunch of software to roughly design then export each boxes to an cut optimser and to the software which communicate with the CNC. It is realy far from the stuff I see on the US blogosphere. This carpenter order his panels by one hunderd unit to get a better price. I was impressed at first, but I've already made three project with more than 30 panels, and I'm self employed only since october 2009. Realy? So our market are very very different, it is amazing. I had the chance to work as a project manager for a really big carpentry company which make office furniture and office "wall". So I could have a good view of the supplier market in my country. And there are tens of HUGE supplier (in a realy small country) who can offer several tens of different colors, structures, etc... for veneer, melamine, laminate. When I go to show the possibilities to a customer I have to bring a huge bag of samples with at least 150 different finish, and I only bring two brand among the 5 or 6 I could offer. For the veneer, I know at least 5 supplier who can supply more or less any kind of veneered panels. Obviously not all as quickly. But I cant count on "in stock" oak, beech, and walnut. And I'll have to wait two or three weeks for the rest. They can glue this on any kind of panels, from 4 mm to 60mm thick, standard, ligth, heavy, waterresistant, fireresistant, low formaldehyde, etc etc. Ho and just to reassure you, we do pay more for black melamine too. It's just that they produce millions of square meter of white one, so the white are always cheaper. The black is usualy not twice the price, but it can be the case for some sort of structure / finish. I guess nobody can compete with Ikea. (look the price of one kitchen boxe with five drawer, finished, hardware included, drawer face included. it is something like 120, 150€ for this price, excluding taxes, I can buy four drawer hardware and cry ) On the other side I think here there is not a diffference between "people who go to Ikea" and "people who don't". A lot of people does both. (And some have no choice obviously). In every works I did, there was some Ikea furniture not so far. The customer choosed to save some money on some stuff, and spend more on some other. About the disapearance of small shop, it is clearly true in belgium too, but not completly. If you're ready to comply with the reality of the market and to make what can be sold, there is still a lot of work to do. But it is clear that if you dream of the good old time of hand made carpentry and do not want to come close to a MDF board... you risk to spend a lot of time sharpening your tools, and less actualy working for money On the other side I know two colleague who are quiet "plain wood snob", and they solved the problem working almost only in structural carpentry (car port, timber frame, stairs...). at first it was hard, but after one or two year, it realy started and they have a planning as full as mine. So if I understrand you well, it means that most of the guys on the blogosphere make a living in being on the blogosphere more than in selling their works? Like our dear Marc? I always wondered. (maybe I am too curious?)
  15. I guess it also depends of which european country you're talking about. for example talking about building carpentry there is an huge difference between france and belgium. There is a real market for restauration of old wood structure in France. There are a lot of skilled carpenter there specialised in this field. In belgium there is no market for this. there are some restauration lead by the public sector here and then, but the rare carpenter who are specialised in wood structure work mainly on timber frame. Then there is also the market of antiquities which is realy depressed in regard of wooden furnitures (the fashion is for modern interior). And so there are some "ebeniste" (that's a kind of carpenter in french which will work on old solid wood furniture, almost only in restauration) who work on this market. But I spoke with one of them, on old one who is very introduced in the "nobility circles" and working a lot for the Belgian royal family, and he told me himself that his field his completly depressed. He has work to do because he is a Count and has done this for 30 years, but he thinks that young carpenter should not try to work in his field, or at least no only there.
  16. this one is easy. We compete because we do exactly what the customer want in term of color, finsih, whatever, and we made it the rigth size to fit the place where it is suposed to go. that's all. If the customer is not too picky on the finsih, and do not care to have a dressing room which is not an exact match to the size of is wall, he goes to IKEA. And Ikea and their competitor work only with chipboard with melamine, we can offer melamine, laminate or veneer with much more choice. About the use of wood, maybe I've exagerated. I do not say that there is NO market for wooden furniture in Europe. I just say it is a tiny fraction of the customized furniture market. It is only for a small fraction of the population who: 1) can afford it 2) care to pay for it So Even when you work for millionaires, you end up using a lot of chipboard most of the time.
  17. Alors? y a des quebecois ou des francophiles dans les parages?
  18. I just had a look for what was an radial arm saw. OK, I found one by Dewalt indeed, it looks very tough... and weigth 115 kg! (230pounds more or less). That's definitively not what i am lokking for. Maybe one day to put it in my shop and just stay there. But now I a lokking for something polyvalent and realy transportable. (I will have to cary it in stairs by myself now and then)
  19. Ho and one more thing. About the edge band that is supposed to peel off after two year... That's just not true. Edge band glued with a proffessional machine stick there for many years, certainly not two or three. I am not saying that chipboard furniture with glued edge are the finest of the woodworking craft, realy not, but we must not exagerate. IF I had the choice I would only work with plain wood. But Those furniture are not piece of sh*t neither. They are made to stay there for 20, maybe 30 years (depending of the used panel type, the assembly, ...), and they will if they are correctly build and taken care of. It is clearly not the same than an traditionnal plain oak chest that can last for centuries, but it will not fall in dust after two year.
  20. Ok, that's an intersting topic, because when I am reading stuff here or on the english speaking woowdworker blogosphere in general, I am constantly under the impression we are not working in the same area. But we are supposed to. So I am intrigued. I wonder how many of the people I read here and there are proffessional, because based on what I see here and there, it seems you are all constantly making dovetails in beautifull wallnut... and nothing else! So, firstly, I am very jealous. And secondly, I think it is hard to believe the EU and US furniture market are SO different. Don't you have IKEA to compete with? (Ok i know we are not realy competing with them, but they are there as an alternate choice for costumers) So, all this to say, I know a bunch of proffessional woodworker here in Beglium, and nobody sells furniture made with real wood. NO-BO-DY! Because it is simply far too expensive, that's all. The only things we still do with real wood out here are: timber frame, windows (sometimes), doors (sometimes), stairs, and some parts of very high end furniture (the kind that cost 6000 € or more for a 6 by 6 foot cabinet). Our every day job is not even to cut plywood, no, it is to cut MDF or chipboard. I mean that's something like 90% of our job. And we are happy when the customer has enough taste and money to pay for a veneered MDF ou chipboard. That's all. So what? Is it so different for you guys? Or you are like us accross the ocean. You cut MDF during the day, and work with some real wood at nigth for yourself? (Actualy it ha become a kind of "joke" in my shop. When somebody is working with wood, it smells (wood and not MDF) so we all come to see, asking: "hoooo you're working with wood? You're such a carpenter!")
  21. Knowing that I'm above all looking for something very accurate, but I'd like also to be able to use it as my everyday saw for timber frame (unless you tel me that's a crapy idea because not any saw will sty accurate if used like this?)
  22. This post was quiet a good idea I think. I happen to be looking for the dream miter saw. MY budget is not unlimited, but I do this for a living, and I'm ready to put 2000$ in this if this is the price of THE miter saw I'll use for the next ten years. So? Kapex? Dewalt? Milwaukee?
  23. Hi everyone, I have 2 questions for you, nerds / woodworkers. First, who has tried sketchup on a tablet (ipad or else)? IS it doable? Is the touchscreen usable? And what about drawing on sketchup with a ... "drawing tablet" (? not sure how to name this stuff to make the difference with an ipad-like device, something like that: http://www.amazon.com/Genius-G-Pen-F610-Ultra-Slim-Tablet/dp/B000WEHJHG)? Is it better? quicker? what do you think?