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A Day in Gloucester

Saturday 21st January 2017

My first ever visit to Gloucester was in January 2012 and my immediate reaction upon meeting this city was of shock; despite being in the heart of the Cotswolds, it was nothing at all like the many idyllic villages that inhabit the hills.

Several repeat visits were made that year before an avoidance spanning five-years… Until this year, when I made a long-awaited return in the company of two friends.

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Down the Pan…

This very morning, I was expecting to be driving in to the city of Bristol in order to collect a pack of 1¼in long coarse-thread pocket hole screws with washer heads, so that I could join some 18mm MDF later on today (I’m planning to make a short rip fence for my saw bench). A quick Google search yesterday afternoon to determine the store location revealed that they ceased trading at the beginning of February!

Pan Tools in Bedminster – sadly, no longer trading.

We’re talking about Pan Tools; a name that’s been synonymous with power tool purchases in this city for several years.

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Sign of the Times

It is with sad news that I must report that a favoured company of mine, in Bristol, is no longer trading. It was at Bristol Decorative Surfaces, back in 2008, where I purchased a full 10ft x 4ft sheet of Formica laminate to build an MDF-based bench-top router table. I don’t know when this happened but, we have another victim in the gruelling fight against the global Recession.

This news only came to my attention as I was getting ready to order another sheet, recently, for my up-and-coming router table project (this time, a floor-standing one). Plastic laminate is an excellent material for friction-free feeding off timber through or past a spinning cutter. Several people, after finding this blog through relevant search results, have asked me where I could buy a sheet of Formica in the Bristol area… Sadly, I no longer know of where to look myself. There aren’t may other local options (clearly) available online.

If you know of another supplier or, perhaps you have your own suggestions then, please, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

Thank you for reading.

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