Olly Writes

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New (Old) Tools

There’s no need to get too excited about this one… One of the members of a UK woodworking forum was offering a variety of unused, unwanted tools for sale. Including within his listing, were an assorted variety of screwdrivers, pliers and files, as you’ll see below:

No-one else had come in for them by the time I’d discovered the listing so, I swooped in and bought the lot!

I know… I’ve moaned in other posts recently about my lack of free fundage for tool purchase and other non-essentials of life… But, at around £15 including postage, it seemed like a good purchase.

My day job requires me to have my own set of tools in the workplace with me. I find it hard carting tools from one place to another, just so that I can keep myself busy in the evenings and on weekends, which is why I’m trying to maintain a set of ‘duplicate’ or ‘spare’ tools for my employment; things that I can leave in a designated toolbox at work, without having to worry ‘borrowing’ something one night and forgetting to ‘return’ it the next day!

Those screwdrivers should come in very handy. They’re of the slotted-head variety, which we frequently use to rip and pry things apart! People are always asking me for a pair of pliers or mole grips and I really should have some… Well, now, I have several!! 😎 Files probably won’t get used much. Having a spare is, again, quite handy but, I was more keen on the idea of making and fitting some new wooden handles to them…

Whether I’ll actually get around to that though, I cannot make any promises! A couple of years ago, I bought a load of unwanted hand saws with a similar purpose in mind… To this day, they’re still in box, waiting to be de-rusted and sharpened! Actually, I do recall stripping, sanding and then oiling the old handles so, at least I did get ‘somewhere’ with that one… 🙄

Some of these flat-head screwdrivers are in need of a little TLC and regrinding first, for which I’ll have to break out the WorkSharp 3000.

Moral of this short story? You can never have too many jobs too keep you occupied but, I’m beginning to realise that you CAN have too many tools!!!

Thanks for reading.

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