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Natural Paint Finishes in 2020

Today’s finishes? no matter how effective they might be as a long term protector of timber they inherently have negative environmental side effects. Paints that have good protection tend to contain toxins and often carbon-based. We are told again and again how bad carbon-based toxins are. Good old fashioned oil-based paints obviously contain oil hence …

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La Souterraine Volets and Wall Murals

La Souterraine translates to English as Underground.  Population: 5,315 (2015) Department: Creuse Region: Nouvelle Aquitaine Arrondissement: Guéret The Mediaeval town of La souterraine La Souterraine has its own mediaeval Centre surrounded by fortified enclosures. The fortified enclosures with built-in the 12th century. After being attacked several times the ramparts were widened Between the 14th to …

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How to attach a tabletop

Wooden tables tend to have fairly large tops and we need to make consideration for the natural material wood. Wood moves in its width across the grain, not with the grain.  We have to be careful because timber that grows and then shrinks has considerable Force. This natural movement in the timber can damage itself …

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4G Internet for the Home – Tutorial

If you are looking for faster broadband then you have come to the right place. In this blog, you will learn how to install a simple solution to increase your internet download rate. So read this article and you will get all the outline information to help you to plan a solution tailored for you. …

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Is France losing the colour from it’s shutters? volets colorés

Colourful French shutters were commonplace in France but today the tradition is fading fast. The Identity of France All too often I see the iconic colourful array of shutters adorning homes (volets battants)in France dwindling! Call me nostalgic but it has long been considered a part of Frances identity and heritage for centuries. So why …

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How to mix Cascamite Powdered Resin Wood Glue

You may already know how to mix Cascamite by following the 2-1 ratio as displayed on the packaging. That is fine if you are happy to continue that way but I have through experience found a new method which I find works every time. But first let’s just explain what Cascamite is! What is ‘Cascamite …

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Security window shutters, Are they compulsory in France?

The window shutter is a useful yet attractive addition to any home. I always wondered what the obsession was with window shutters! Are shutters necessary? Window shutters are necessary for the security of every French home and are becoming popular around the world for security and trendy colonial style homes. But modern windows are secure! …

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How to make: a wooden D shape grab handle

We all can just go to the DIY and purchase a plastic handle but often these are expensive and not always very suitable. When trying to outfit a natural-looking cupboard or entry doors with a new handle. This handmade option often looks best. How to make a wooden grab handle for that organic look. A …

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