Africa’s Modular machines Continued: Saws

This is a continuation of Erik’s post on African Modular machines.

The video below shows how the machines are used in wood workshops to make design cutouts, carve out pieces for furniture and to split planks of wood. It is essentially the same machine pieces, motor, pulleys and frame, just customized for different uses. The customization is done in a small industry locally known as Jua Kali or Gikomba, where entrepreneurs like Mr. John Chege purchase them for use in small workshops like this.

When playing the video, please mute it, there is lots of noise from the machines.





More pictures are posted on the AfriGadget flickr group.

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  4. these are just standard woodworking machines, the videos don’t show any modifications.

  5. @dave,By standard woodworking machines, what do you mean? look closely, the machines are not black and decker, they were made locally, and if you could look at the link provided to Erik’s previous post. Point is the basic building blocks of the machines are similar, but the machines do different tasks and are fashioned in a diy sort of way.

  6. I’d prefer reading in my native language, because my knowledge of your languange is no so well. But it was interesting! Look for some my links: