Most of the structural beams up at the barn are Oak, but some are Pine and these desperately need to be sanded. Doing it by hand is a mug's game, so I went in search of a simple sanding attachment for my drill; a bit like the one below, but more modern.
I was looking for one that had a cushioned pad onto which circular pieces of sand-paper could be fixed (by way of Velcro). A simple enough tool.
Well, I found exactly what I wanted at my local Bricorama DIY store. Perfect in every respect... except for the price. They were asking the UNBELIEVABLE price of THIRTY THREE BLOODY EUROS (yes, €33).
Are they off their effing trollies?
So what did savvy-shopper Cro do? I looked around at what else was available (whilst constantly wiping fury from my issuing brow), and came across the above. A perfectly serviceable orbital, variable-speed, sander that cost me a staggering THIRTY ONE EUROS (yes, €31).
Now I might be a cost-conscious consumer, but for goodness sake; how can a simple sanding attachment cost €33, yet an all-dancing electric job costs €2 LESS?
Is it just me, or is this just plain lunacy!
p.s. When Scottish-born Aussie A J Arnot invented that very first electric drill back in 1889, who could have imagined the amount of spin-offs that are now readily available. A small electric motor mounted in various different ways, has given the tradesman/amateur DIY-er, an ease of work unimaginable to those living all those years ago. Almost every tool can now be found in powered form.
Many thanks A J; you're my hero!