This isn’t because I am ignorant of the quality of old vs modern tools, but more a question of convenience – I know that if I buy a new machine from Axminster, Homewood, D&M and Poolewood that it will be fit for purpose and nobody before me has abused it, whereas buying from eBay can be a bit of a lottery (always assuming one can arrange delivery of the larger stuff in the first place).
One day if I have a bit more time, space and funds I will try to replace some of my modern machines with some quality old iron, but for now I think they’re right for me.
That said I’ve decided to make a bit more of an effort to go to car boot sales in search of hidden treasure.
As I’ve mentioned before, this hobby is a way of unwinding for me and at times it’s purely retail therapy, so being able to pick up a rusty gem for a pound or two is a good way to satisfy my acquisitional urges without breaking the bank.
Today was the first car boot I’ve been to in years. It wasn’t a huge one and I came away with a lot more toys for my daughter than for me, but it was fun and it got the girls and me out of my wife’s hair for a morning 🙂
The full list was:
- large flat screwdriver with yellow plastic handle “Made in Germany” – 10p
- large flat screwdriver with cracked wooden handle – 50p
(once these are reground I won’t have to abuse another plane with my swiss army knife!)
- small nail removal pincers “Eliott Lucas, Carrock” – 10p
- very small nail removal pincers – 50p
- quite fine flat metal file with wobbly handle (“<illegible – maybe Bedford?>, Sheffield, Made in England”) – 50p
Update 31/08/2012: I’ve since derusted the above three tools and they came out like this:
I think the pincers look a bit weird being grey, but the file looks a lot better 🙂
- TW Superslim spanner (1/2 Whitworth / 9/16 BSF & 7/16 Whitworth / 1/2 BSF) – 10p
- Jenbro spanner (1/2 Whitworth & <illegible> Whitworth) – 10p
- Austin spanner (?3/4? & ??) – 10p
(I was planning to use the above 3 spanners as sacrificial anodes for elecrolytic rust removal, but it seems a bit of a shame!)
- 10 Draper coping saw blades – 50p
- Faber Castel 24″ wooden T-square – 50p
- A selection of circular and oval stencils – 50p
I also got:
- Playmobil low-loader (3935)
- Playmobil articulated dumper lorry (3141)
- Playmobil supermarket (3200 & 3201)
and a selection of accessories for my daughter for £35 (well ok I gave her a choice of which lorry she wanted and she chose the dumper whereas I prefered the low-loader, so we got both and I guess some of it’s for me! :D)
- Admission: Free (donation to charity made)
- Total tool spend: £3.50
- Total other spend: £35
- Grand total: £38.50