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A big hi! from India

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My name's Param and I've recently joined routerforums - though I've been a hobby woodworker all through my childhood, it's only about three years ago I decided to quit my corporate job in the automotive world and follow my passion by setting up 25, Mulberry, an interiors and residential landscaping outfit in Bangalore, India.

Now, I'm finally, finally (whew!) setting up a dedicated, 1200 square-foot woodworking shop with the best hand and power tools available in India - believe me, I envy you for the range of stuff you have in the Western world and the prices you can buy them at!

However, even if I can't get those really, really nice tools, I think I'm really going to benefit from your collective knowledge through this forum. I look forward to interacting and learning from all of you.

If you'd like an idea of what I have newly picked up in the power tools department, my profile has a small list - yep, I know the idea of a combination woodworking machine is alien to those in the USA, and even more so, a "Chiwanese" one. But they say a bad carpenter blames his tools, so I'm going to go right ahead and make the best of what I have - just to give you an idea of what can be done with pretty much nothing, the kitchen featured here was built (by me and my small team) out of recycled, Burma teak wood, a couple of block planes, a few old chisels... and a 4-in handheld Hitachi circular saw - I hope you like what you see!


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Sweet Combi machine !! That is going to make cutting large sheets a breeze.
Out of interest, how much does a machine like that sell for in India ?
In one of the pics of your kitchen I noticed an upper cabinet door that looks like the panel is woven wood . Is it woven wood or is it carved to look like that ?
I had been thinking of attempting to weave some thin stock I've had laying around for a while.
Hi Gavin, well... the combo machine with a dust collector costs about 300,000 Indian rupees... or about 6000 USD... not inexpensive from what I know!

Sharp eye there! The upper panel over the 'fridge is indeed woven wood... it's a nice way to allow ventilation if you don't want to go the 'louvers' way... the stock needs to be kinda green, and after sizing it right, I usually dunk it into a bucket of water for a few days before I start weaving... this is teak wood, BTW.

And if you notice, the woven woodwork continues on the left too, below the countertop (the same pic) ... three drawers that hold potatoes, onions, beets and other veggies that'd rather breathe and not be stuck into the fridge!
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