It was a good stable stand, so I kept it for the following year. The troubl e is, every tree we've bought since comes with an unshaped trunk, so I have to shape it myself. Fortunately, the socket's the same diameter as my bigg est holesaw, so I start with that. The holesaw is only about 2cm deep thoug h, so out comes a hand saw next to trim further, using the holesaw cut as a guide. The holesaw's also not really suited to cutting wet wood, so takes ages and there's lots of steam and cursing.
Need I add that it's usually raining (and dark) and there are impatient kid s waiting inside to decorate it?
Does anyone know where I can get the right tool to shape the trunk? It's th e same size as is used when the tree is stuck into a slice of wood. Non-SDS solutions preferred.
With any luck I'll be able to do it better next year, thanks for your sugge stions.