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 81 
 on: 07 October, 2006, 22:50 
Started by Momolan - Last post by Woodmaster
The stock list is too small to read when i access it. Is this something at my end or is it the way it's laid out? Any thoughts.
J

Hi Momolam

The stock lists, price lists, etc. are uploaded as .rtf files (Rich Text Format)   "Normally" this should open in Microsoft Word, perhaps via Internet Explorer.  "Normally" these are easy enough to view.   However, it sounds like you are having trouble!

Ways round this include "Saving As..." and then editing the file with a bigger font size, or perhaps adjusting our settings in Internet Explorer, Word, Mozilla, etc to set a bigger default font size when viewing files.

I have used a small font size in the .rtf files in order to reduce the number of pages involved - and hence the number of pages you need to print...

If anyone else is experiencing problems like this, then please let me know!  Just reply to this message and say so.   If you want to do this privately please e-mail me at info@irishwoods.com.   I will produce larger font size reports if needed.

The stock lists, etc are very popular, and so if you have any ideas for improvement, please let me know.

Thanks

William Bunbury

 82 
 on: 02 October, 2006, 18:56 
Started by Momolan - Last post by Momolan
The stock list is too small to read when i access it. Is this something at my end or is it the way it's laid out? Any thoughts.
J

 83 
 on: 28 September, 2006, 22:49 
Started by swift - Last post by swift
If collet capacity makes no difference to the range of diameter of cutters which can be used (which seems the suggestion in a woodworking book I've bought) what is its significance ? Is it related to the length of shank that can be acommodated or what ? Thanks, all info so far has been really helpful.

 84 
 on: 18 September, 2006, 14:40 
Started by geoff_tulip - Last post by geoff_tulip
i cant supply pics but - roughly i have most sizes from small to very large - depending on your purpose - if you want to chat give me a ring... my contact details are on my website
www.geocities.com/tulipwoodcrafts

 85 
 on: 14 September, 2006, 16:48 
Started by geoff_tulip - Last post by Niall
Hi I would be intrested in some bog oak. Can you please supply pictures?

 86 
 on: 12 September, 2006, 15:11 
Started by swift - Last post by pooka
Oops, you are right, diytools.ie is (was) Lenehans not O'Callaghans as I suggested (don't know where I plucked that name from - too much time spent sniffing sawdust!). They are now reachable at www.lenehans.ie. The website has a far wider range of tools available than their store on Capel Street might suggest, but for some of the prices that I check in the past the website was sometimes far from good value.

 87 
 on: 12 September, 2006, 14:18 
Started by swift - Last post by Woodmaster
Irish sites:
www.diytools.ie (used to be, and might still be, run by O'Callaghans who have a store on Capel Street in Dublin)

www.diytools.ie doesn't seem to exist anymore, but it seems to be affiliated with (if not operated by) Lenehans who are also on Capel Street(?) - see www.lenehans.ie.

William Bunbury

 88 
 on: 12 September, 2006, 13:25 
Started by M Davis - Last post by M Davis
We are building a house and require some cladding for parts of the outside.  Our Architect has suggested Cedar wood, but I would like to know if anybody knows about any alternatives.  Some suggestions we have been getting are for douglas fir and larch... does anybody know how these compare in quality or where I could find independent advice.
All help appreciated!

M Davis
Roll Eyes

 89 
 on: 11 September, 2006, 15:52 
Started by swift - Last post by pooka
I have bought tools via a number of websites over the last few years. Delviery charges vary from site to site - I'd be wary of sites that don't specify delivery charges openly on their website, but this may not be possible in some cases (e.g. delivery costs from the US are based on weight so they can't quote you for delivery until you have selected the tools you want to buy. Typically, in this case, you have to put together an order, submit your credit card details, and wait for the delivery quote via e-mail, after which you can either proceed with the order or effectively cancel the order by choosing not to proceed with it). Some sites worth checking out are (some of which I mention in another thread here today, some of which I forgot to mention in that thread):

Irish sites:
www.diytools.ie (used to be, and might still be, run by O'Callaghans who have a store on Capel Street in Dublin)

UK sites:
www.axminster.co.uk  (delivery costs are reasonable, but get very high)
www.rutlands.co.uk
www.diytools.com

US sites:
www.woodcraft.com  (delivery charges are high)
www.rockler.com  (delivery charges are reasonable)

Canadian sites:
www.leevalley.com  (delivery charges are reasonable)

Some of the above sites sell hand tools, and other stuff, in addition to power tools. I have never bought power tools from the US or Canada because of the differing power requirements. As per my post on the "ordering power tools from the US" thread, remember that deliveries from outside the EU are subject to VAT and import duty, which can obviously add greatly to the cost.  I haven't bought from www.diytools.ie so can't say anything about them one way or the other (other than that they are the online equivalent of somewhere that sells everything from a pin to an anchor!).

Of the sites above, I can highly recommend www.leevalley.com and www.axminster.co.uk in particular. The other sites are very good too, but in some cases their range may not be that great (e.g. www.diytools.com) while in others their delivery charges can be significant (e.g. www.woodcraft.com - having said that I have bought from Woodcraft several times as their range of products is excellent)

I have used some other sites in the past too, which are gone from my head at the moment. If some more occur to me I'll post them here later. If you are interested in non-power tools, then I would highly recommend that you look at the following German site:

www.fine-tools.com

...they stock excellent tools (as well as budget tools, but they typically clearly identify which is which on the website), their website is a wealth of useful information, their prices are reasonable (although some US sites can be cheaper for some things), delivery is quick and very reasonable, and I have found them very helpful to deal with.  They also have some very good value special offers occasionally.  They are the most pleasant web-based seller that I have dealt with.

Hope this helps.

 90 
 on: 11 September, 2006, 14:11 
Started by swift - Last post by pooka
For the mostpart US tools run off 110v (and 50Hz too, as opposed to 60Hz, if I remember correctly). Basically, in most cases you will need a transformer to run US power tools here. I haven't tried it myself, but I have heard both good and bad things about doing this (the main problem that I saw one person refer to was that the tools can't achieve their full power rating on a transformer here - I don't know enough about electricity to judge whether that is likely though). Best thing would be to talk to an electrician or else have a chat with someone who uses 110v power tools - I have seen a few carpenters use them, for example, and as far as I know 110v is popular on building sites.

The DW625 is an excellent router, by the way. I have used one myself for a few years now. The US model might not be quite the same though. For example, the smaller brother of the DW625 is the DW621 and this model differs between Europe and the US - the biggest difference (and it is a whopper!) is that the US version of the DW621 can take 1/2" bits (and 1/4" bits) whereas the European version is limited to 1/4" bits only. I can't imagine the DW625 will differ so drastically between the US and Europe but there might be small differences. Incidentally, I believe the DW626 is the latest top of the range DeWalt router, and I presumed (perhaps incorrectly) it was going to take over from the DW625. You might either be better off getting a DW626 if the cost is about the same (don't know how much it costs offhand) or else look for deals where the DW625 is being sold off my shops who want to make space for the DW626.

If you want to buy 240v tools, the following sites are worth a look, but be sure to compare their prices with those available elsewhere before making a final decision as prices can vary a lot (there are a whole bunch of websites for European-based tool sellers out there, do a quick search in google.com and you'll get back a long list):

www.axminster.co.uk (UK based)
www.rutlands.co.uk (UK based)
www.diytools.com (UK based)

Remember to factor in delivery cost. Axminster give their delivery costs on their website, and I think the others do too. Also, remember that stuff coming in from the US is subject to VAT (21%) and import duty (in or around 7% I think) and all of that gets charged against your order cost plus your delivery cost - whether you get charged that is very much luck of the draw, but budget for it as it is no fun having a bill arrive unexpectedly with your order (speaking from personal experience here!). When you factor those extra costs in, plus delivery costs from the US (which can be expensive from some places), sometimes it is as cheap to buy either here in Ireland or from a European site.

I have used Axminster several times and can recommend them. I have used diytools.com only once and they were fine too. I haven't used Rutlands but they appear to have a similarly good reputation and some of their special offers are genuinely good value.

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