Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Going for a "Shuwaikh Adventure"?

if you want to do any piece of furniture or anything in shuwaikh there is a good guide called aldileela sold in virgin, which contains really good maps and notes on where can you find things.

but if you are going to do a model or a piece of furniture but you don't know what to start with here is a tip,

1. understand that all the iron comes in 6 m length and the wood comes always with specific dimensions (5x25-20x240) and there are many kinds, and also there is the squarish dimensions مرابيع which come also in different scales and if you can't pay for the expensive wood but want their appearance, you can buy a veneer and cover your wood and this is usually done by the painter .
>so i would recommend first of all you should visit the suppliers بائع الخشب مثل الاستاذ و ليس المنجرة، بائع الحديد مثل صوفان و الصفار للبراغي و العدة
ask about the types and prices. you will get inspired of how would you do your work with.

2. draw your piece with its dimensions on a piece of paper before going to a carpenter or blacksmith.

3. in drawing everything in advance you should make a map of what comes first:

-how many pieces (full) of wood do you need
-plywood, MDF or natural معاكس والا طبيعي
-will it be exposed to water? to make it protected (MDF won't stand water at all)
-thickness: determines how long the screw must be (screws best bought first to show them a sample of th fastener because they get the idea when you show them.
-the way of joining: determines the type of the screw
-if there are holes for the joints to fit, then do the iron holes first but do the wood holes at the end.
-glass, plexy glass are the most expensive,aluminum and iron are average (but they might cheat on you easily) and wood is the cheapest (and they never cheat, if you felt so, divide it into wood price and work price).
by the way the ply wood used to be in 4.5 kd now is 6.5 kd !

4. now you should put in mind that the best way to get things easy going is to find a carpenter next to a wood supplier, or a blacksmith next to Sofan supplier to save transportation.

5. to all of those who you will contact:
-explain it (make it appear simple)
-discuss the price
blacksmith example> قطعة وحدة (بسيطه فيها تخريم مع لحيمها مترين في متر) بدون سعر الحديد يحاسب عليها ١٥ دك صافيها ٧ دك
- when you give any one the wood or iron, note that they have no right to get what left from it الزايد
unless you don't really need it.
- take their contact number, give them yours, don't depend totally on them come back before their submission date and check your stuff.
- you will save time if you thought in advance of how you're gonna transport it to the place you want after it is ready, better than searching for a cap over there.
و كروة الوانيت ان كثرت وايد وصلت ٧دك بس المناطق القريبة من بعض ٢-٣
- try to understand a bit of farsy and hindu, that might help in getting in their realm and they may like you and give you a good price :)
-always get the bill it is better for the long run, it has the name of the shop, the name and price of the piece as well as their numbers. you can understand the prices from year to year with this technique.

الحجاج و المطري :بلاستيك شفاف
الصفار(احسن اسعار)-النصف-تروفاليو-ايس هاردوير(بنفس المنطقة التي بها صفاة الغانم): لوازم البناء من براغي الى صباغة و زراعة و نقل بسيط
الأناقة: لتشطيبات البيبان و المعلقات
مخرطة النجمة: مكان لمعالجة الحديد و قصه و طعجه و أيضا لصب الحديد في حال تريد مقطع حديد معين
صاج: لوح حديد مسطح
مبسط: شريط حديدي عرضه ٤ سم او اعرض بقليل و سماكته تقاس بالمم
خشب ابيض: ارخص انواع الخشب
شارع الزينة: اذا تبي جلد يعطيك وايد ارخص من سوق الاقمشة
و انواع اكثر
يجب ان تعلم ان القطعة الجاهزة مرت عليهم و لكنها تتفرق على اشخاص عدة فليست دائما تنتهي مثلما اردت
اي سؤال في هذا الخصوص انا حاضرة


Anonymous said...

LOL I found this post to be extremely entertaining :) its all about trial an error, and it took me exactly 5 years of architecture school to get it right.
The one thing missing is the communication tips to the craftsmen according to nationality, coz it differs significantly when your communicate a thought to Iranian, Egyption, Pakestani, Indian or 9a3edy (note that 9a3edy is an entirely different zone from regular Egyptian).

Big Pearls said...

mashalla very interesting:)

Deema said...

dalal arch:

it took me five years as well! that's why It's the time to post it :D

I really agree with you about the missing tip, but i thought of saving this for a serious person who would ask for more tips ;) and better be private :D

Big Pearls:

lol walla it is VERY interesting, you can call our days in Shuwaikh adventures!

Anonymous said...

Amazing effort with great details walla mashallah 3laich..

I guess many of your visitors will benefit out of this ;)

Deema said...


Thank you, its a 5 years experience! :)

I hope it benefit the visitors, i wish younger students get a glimpse on that as well :)

SolaimaN said...

هذا البوست غاية في الاحتراف يا ديما
ماشالله،، لم اتخيل ابدا اني راح اقرالج شي بهالتفاصيل والدقه

جمعتنا نفس الهواية بس صكيتي علي!!ء

و مبروك افتتاح ابيات و

لوول،، كروة


Deema said...


الصراحة روحة شويخ صج مزاج

بس انا يبيلي ورشة

على شان الشغل يصير تمام :)

و شنو ابيات مادري عنه..
ترى نادر ما اروح صوب تروفاليو هناك وايد اشياء تفتح مادري عنها

في شي نسيت اقوله.. اللي يبي يريح ياخذله برد مكينة من مصنع كي دي دي

حياك الله

SolaimaN said...

ابيات شركه يديده حق ابل ،، فيها اطقم حمامات ومطابخ

ومكان كبير حق العديد ومواد البنا

اما بلات فورم ،،حق الغانم ومتخصصه حق العديد ومواد البنا

والبراغي وباليبات والعوازل وغيرها

مثل النصف تقريبا،، لازم تشوفينهم حلوين وايد

تلقينهم اول دخله على اليمين في شارع كندارداي كملي سيدا

تلقين واحد على اليمين وواحد على اليسار

ومحد يعرفهم لانهم توهم فاتحين بس شي يستاهل بصراحه

واسعارهم تشجع وايد

Deema said...


mashkoor ma tga9ir shakly ba5ithly laffa ba3d ilta5arruj :D