I'm a retired journalist (tv newsfilm/docs) now living in SW France. Currently slicing up large workshop(i.e.garage: nobody in France puts cars in them)to create separate utility room for her indoors, who kept dropping clean wet laundry on sawdusty floor (I hate to hear a woman cursing). Am mainly handtool woodworker but have Record sawbench and usual powered handtools. Got far too many handplanes and hand drills bought at UK boot fairs. Best buy: Record multiplane for £15 -- Clico copy currently over £600. Usually just make small stuff eg boxes for tools, stools for friends and family, etc but facing request to box in couple of those nifty wine-racks they make in Lewes. Resiny pine floorboards, widely and cheaply available in French DIY sheds, make strong attractive furniture once the T&G's are off but will prob try make wine cupboard in oak which challenge for me. Odd props: camera tripods (more bootfair) with board fixed atop to hold ends of long (not too heavy) timbers going through sawbench. Works great (so easily height adjustable, just wind 'em up or down). Also Halfords ratchet spanner with screwdriver bit fitted, which gets screws into places where no angle driver can venture. Life-changing moments: cutting moulded plugs off UK power tools to replace with strange French ones. Feels almost like tearing up one's passport.Like, "there's no way back now."
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