Today I was out watching the London to Brighton veteran car run when I received a call which reinforced my belief that I’m quite lucky in the mother-in-law department!
It went something like this:
MiL: “Do you have one of those bench clamp things?”
Me: “A vice? Yes I have a couple”
MiL: “Oh – only there’s one outside a house near me with a notice saying ‘Free – please collect’ on it”
Me: “I’ll be right round”
Having dragged my long suffering older daughter away from the cars (she seems to be quite a petrol head, although she doesn’t like the smell of the really old ones!) I located the vice and realised it was a metal working one (of which I have none) , not a woodworking one (of which I have 2, plus 2 tail vices) and was mounted on a metal shelving unit.
It seemed to open and close freely so I hastened to my mother-in-law’s house, where she lent me her car to collect my new toy and agreed to look after my daughter while I ran it home!
I am also very lucky in the wife department – I think her reaction can be classified as resigned with a wry smile when I turned up at home without our daughter and with yet another tool 😀
(The eagle eyed will notice she’s still not sold the pram though!)
The vice is marked “‘Handy’ Model No. G. 3A”. I’ve not found much from a quick google of those words though.
The workshop is now even more cramped …
… but I think a bit of rearranging and maybe a storage solution for clamps etc will sort out the worst of it.