New Carpentry Tools for Kumbo

The Himalayan Institute’s School of Carpentry & Construction is busy preparing for its first 10 week course on advanced woodworking techniques. Electricians and mechanics have been working at a furious pace to get all of the tools installed and tuned up before class begins on June 1.

Many of the tools and techniques that will be used in the class are entirely new to Kumbo, Cameroon. Here are some examples:

Mortising Machine – cuts square holes for precise joinery. Currently, carpenters in Kumbo must spend hours cutting mortises by hand. With the introduction of the Mortising Machine to the community, a cut like this takes only minutes.

Mortising Machine – cuts square holes for precise joinery. Currently, carpenters in Kumbo must spend hours cutting mortises by hand. With the introduction of the Mortising Machine to the community, a cut like this takes only minutes.

Drill press – bores exact holes at exact angles and depths, which is almost impossible with a hand held drill.

Drill press – bores exact holes at exact angles and depths, which is almost impossible with a hand held drill.

Miter Saw – makes angle cuts and is very efficient making accurate repetitive cuts.

Miter Saw – makes angle cuts and is very efficient making accurate repetitive cuts.

Band Saw – great for cutting arcs and circles, cutting tenons for joinery, and resawing boards. Making these sorts of cuts in Kumbo is currently done with a handheld frame saw. The band saw will make this work more efficient and more accurate.

Band Saw – great for cutting arcs and circles, cutting tenons for joinery, and resawing boards. Making these sorts of cuts in Kumbo is currently done with a handheld frame saw. The band saw will make this work more efficient and more accurate.

Plunge routers, hand held belt sanders, and random orbit hand sanders will make quick work out of smoothing boards. All of these tools are currently unavailable in Kumbo, where all finishing prep work must be done by hand.

Plunge routers, hand held belt sanders, and random orbit hand sanders will make quick work out of smoothing boards. All of these tools are currently unavailable in Kumbo, where all finishing prep work must be done by hand.

Additional tools, although not new to Kumbo, include cabinet table saw, jointer and thickness planer, providing the full range of tools for a professional woodworking shop.

The upcoming 10 week course will train students how to operate these machines in a safe and effective manner. Select graduates of the program will have the opportunity to work directly for the School of Carpentry & Construction and all graduates will be certified operators who can use the machines for their own work. In addition, the machines will be made available to the public through a specialty woodworking service program in which carpenters can bring boards in to be processed in whatever way they need.

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3 thoughts on “New Carpentry Tools for Kumbo

  1. Pingback: Carpentry Tools and Services Demonstration « Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects

    • Hello Nasir,

      We do not sell carpentry machines. However, we do make them available to the public through our Carpentry & Construction Service Program. Please visit our center in Kumbo for more information!

      Best,
      John

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