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Dictionary - English to French

With apologies to all of the brilliant linguists out there who may never need such aids as dictionaries, here is a list of words in common use in the woodworking, building and DIY 'trades' that may be helpful when you're out renovating your holiday home in the Dordogne, Ardennes or the Haut-Fagnes (or Quebec, I presume).  Most of this I gleaned whilst living in Belgium and having to communicate with the locals whilst carrying on my wood-based hobbies.

If you happen to know better, then I'd be pleased to receive corrections from you.  Just send your contributions by e-mail to the usual address.  Thanks.

Finally, a warning: I designed this page to list and print as two columns, with matched words.  If your browser or printer setup alters this then correspondence between the columns may not be maintained.

English

French

Abrasive (adj)
Adjustable spanner
Angle grinder
Anodised

Abrasif (adj)
Clé à molette (f)
Meuleuse d'angle (f)
Bichromaté (adj)

Bandsaw
Bark (of tree)
Belt Sander
Bench
Bevel
Bit (tool)
Blade (knife-, saw-)
Blockboard
Blowlamp
Bole, trunk
Bolt
Bolt
Bolt - hexagonal head machine ~
Branch
Burl (burr)
Burr (burl)

Scie à ruban (f)
Écorce (f)
Ponceuse à bande (f)
Établi (m)
Biseau (m)
Embout (m)
Lame (f)
Panneau Bloc (m)
Chalumeau (m)
Tronc (m)
Boulon (m)
Verrou (f)
Boulon mécanique à tête hexagonale (m)
Branche (f), Rameau (m)
Loupe (f)
Loupe (f)

Cambium layer
Carpenter
Cavity fixing
Chamfer, Bevel
Chipboard
Chisel (bevel edge)
Chisel (firmer)
Chuck
Chuck Key
Circular Saw
Clamp
Claw hammer
Coachscrew
Compressor
Concrete
Concrete mixer
Connection (for dust extraction etc.)

Tissu en formation (m)
Charpentier (m)
Cheville à bascule (f)
Chanfrein (m)
Panneau Aggloméré (m)
Ciseau à bois (m)
Bédane (m)
Mandrin (m)
Clé pour mandrin (f)
Scie circulaire (f)
Serre-joint (m)
Marteau de charpentier (m)
Vis tirefond (f)
Compresseur
Béton (m)
Bétonnière (f)
Raccord (m)

Drill (twist drill), bit
Dust extraction

Mèche (f) (helicoidales)
Aspiration (f)

Emulsion (paint)
Expansion bolt

Emau (?)
Boulon expansible (m)

Fence (guide)
File
Filler
Flatbit
Float (plasterer's)
Flux
Flux
Fretsaw

Butée (f)
Lime (f)
Reboucheur (m)
Mèche plates à bois (f)
Plâtresse (f?)
Pâte á souder (f)
Décapant (m)
Scie à chantourner (f)

Generator
Glasscutter
Glasspaper
Glue
Gouge
Grease
Groove
Gutter

Electrogéne (m)
Coupe verre (m)
Papier abrasif (m)
Colle (f)
Gouge (f)
Graisse (f)
Rainure (f)
Gouttière (f)

Hacksaw
Hammer
Handle/Haft/Stock
Handsaw
Hardboard
Hawk (plasterer's)
Heartwood
Heatgun
Hinge (cylinder types)
Hinge (flap types)
Hinge (plate types)
Hinge - piano
Hinge - Tee type

Scie à métaux (f)
Marteau (m)
Manche (m)
Scie égoïne (f)
Panneau Dur (m)
Taloche (f)
Bois parfait (m); Duramen (m)
Décapeur thermique (m)
Paumelle (f)
Charnière (f)
Penture (f)
Charnière 'piano' (f)
Penture à l'anglaise (f)

Jigsaw (Pendulum action)
Jigsaw/ scrollsaw
Joiner
Joiner's hammer (pin head)
Joist
Joist - small
Joist hanger

Scie sauteuse (f) (Pendulaire)
Scie à chantourner (f)
Menuisier (m)
Marteau de menuisier (m)
Poutre (f)
Poutrelle (f)
Sabot de poutre (m)

Keyed Joint
Kiln (v) (to dry)
Knock-down (CKD)
Knot

assemblage à clés amovibles
sechoir
en kit et dé
mountable
Nœud (m)

Lath (lathe, latt)
Lock
Lock-barrel
Lubricant

Latte (f)
Serrure (f)
Verrou (m)
Lubrifiant (m)

MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard)
Mechanic's hammer (wedge head)
Medullary rays
Mitre box
Mitre saw
Mortar
Mortice
Moulding (wooden profile)

Panneau MDF (m)
Marteau de serrurier (m)
Roayons médullaires (m)
Boite à onglets (f)
Scie à onglets (f)
Mortier (m)
Mortaise (f)
Moulure (f)

Nail
Nail - domed head/upholstery
Nail - lost head
Nail - masonry/hardened
Nail - round wire/flat head
Nail - upholstery
Nail -clout/roofing nail
Nail plate/Joiner
Nut

Clou (m)
Clou tête ronde/de tapissier (m)
Clou tête d'homme (m)
Clou à béton (m)
Clou tête-plate (m)
Clou de semence (m)
Clou d'Ardoisier (tête large) (m)
Krallix (m?)
Écrou (m)

Orbital sander
OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

Ponceuse vibrante (f)
Panneau OSB (m)

Padsaw
Paint
Paintbrush
Palm sander
Panel, board
Picture hook
Pipe, tube
Pith (Centre of trunk of tree)
Plane
Plane (hand or power)
Planed
Plank
Plaster
Pliers
Plywood
Pop-rivetter
Power
Powerdrill [impact]
Primer
Purlin

Scie á poche (f)
Peinture (f)
Pinceau (m)
Ponceuse excentrique (f)
Panneau (m)
Crochet X (m)
Tuyau (m)
Moelle (f)
Rabot (m)
Rabot (m) (à main ou électrique)
Raboté (adj)
Planche (f)
Plâtre (m)
Pince (f)
Panneau Multiplex ou contreplaqu
é (m)
Pince à riveter (f)
Puissance (f)
Perceuse (f)  (à percussion)
Sous-couche (f), couche de fond (f)
Panne (f)

Rasp
Rawlbolt/Expansion bolt
Rawlplug
Rivet
Roof
Router

Râpe (f)
Gougon d'ancrage (m)
Cheville (f)
Rivet (m)
Toit (m)
Défonceuse (f)

Sander (Belt)
Sander (Orbital)
Sander (Palm)
Sawblade
Sawdust
Sawmill
Scissors
Scraper (paint)
Screw
Screw - cheesehead
Screw - chipboard
Screw - coach
Screw - countersunk
Screw - countersunk head
Screw - panhead
Screw - raised countersunk
Screw - raised countersunk
Screw - roundhead
Screw - Self-tapping
Screw-eye
Screw-hook
Screw-hook (90 deg/square end)
Screwdriver
Screwdriver
Self-tapping screw
Set screw
Skirting, plinth
Socket (spanner)
Solder
Spanner
Spirit level
Spraygun
Spring clamp
Stanchion
Staple (nail)
Staple (nail)
Stapler (Tacker)
Stripper (paint)

Ponceuse à bande (f)
Ponceuse vibrante (f)
Ponceuse excentrique (f)
Lame de scie (f)
Sciure (f)
Scierie (f)
Ciseaux (m)
Couteau de peintre (m)
Vis (f)
Vis à tête cylindrique (f)
Vis auto-forantes (f)
Vis tirefond (f)
Vis à tête fraisée (f)
Vis à tête fraiseé (f)
Vis à tête pan (f)
Vis à tête fraisée et ronde (f) (gout de suif)
Vis à tête fraiseé  et bombée (f)
Vis  tête ronde (f)
Vis taraudeuse (m)
Piton à oeil (m)
Piton-crochet (m)
Piton-vis (m)
Tournevis (m)
Tournevis (m)
Vis taraudeuse (f)
Vis de pression (f)
Plinthe (f), Bas de lambris (m)
Douille (f)
Soudure á l'étain (f)
Clé (f),
Niveau d'eau (m)
Pistolets á peindre (m)
Pince à ressort (f)
Étançhon (m), Colonette de soutien (f)
Clou cavalier (m)
Clou crampillon (m)
Agrafeuse (f)
Décapant (m)

Tack
Tacker (Stapler)
Tap (screw-cutting)
Tape measure
Tenon
Tenon saw
Thickness
Threaded
Tiling
Timber
Timber-yard
Trowel
Trunk, bole
Tube
Tube
Turning
Turnings

Clou de semence (m)
Agrafeuse (f)
Taraud (m)
Mètre (m)
tenon (m)
Scie à dos (f)
Épaisseur (f)
Fileté
Carrelage (m)
Bois en plateau (m)
Chantier (m)
Truelle (f)
Tronc (m)
Tuyau (m)
Tuyau (m)
Tournage (m)
Tournure (f)

Vacuum cleaner
Varnish
Vice

Aspirateur (m)
Vernis (m)
Étau (m)

Wall plug (Rawlplug)
Wallpaper
Washer
Weld
Woodshavings

Cheville (f)
Papier peint (m)
Rondelle (f)
Souder (v)
Copeaux (m, pl.)

So now you know as much as I do!!

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to Monsieur Jacques Joly and acknowledge his unique efforts in correcting this list.

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