Being the only driver in the house, I am the one who gets the joy of hauling a trailer load of rubbish to the local tip.
I had backed up the trailer to the hopper (who said a woman cant reverse a trailer????) and a young (mid 20s) man was unloading his rubbish into the hopper from his boot (trunk) of his car. I was chatting to him whilst I spaded the junk into the hopper. He was clearing out his granddads shed who had just gone into a nursing home.
He was about to throw a box of stuff in there when I noticed it had a few rusty screw drivers sticking out the top and an old file. Always on the look out for old files to make customised scrapers for my wood turning. I asked if I could have them. He said sure and gave me the box.
In the box was a lot of goodies including: a Stanley No5 plane, two wooden block planes, a bowl gouge, a level and a lot of files (14 in fact). Score one for the sisterhood!
The two wooden planes unfortunately are so full of old wood worm holes they are good for decoration only – though I might make new blocks and install the metal components at a future date. The Stanley plane was rusty but a good soak with potatoes and water for a week removed 95% of that and wire wool removed the rest.
The files restored nicely in the potato water as well and the bowl gouge looks like something Hercules used (1.5” across) and will need a new handle due to the afore mentioned wood worm.
Tomorrow I am going around to this young mans granddad’s with my trailer to be a good Samaritan and help finish clearing out his shed and hopefully ‘liberate’ some rust incarcerated tools.
-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!