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Forum topic by jusfine posted 06-21-2010 11:28 PM 891 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2010 11:28 PM

Ever find a tool you forgot you had purchased?

This weekend while cleaning my shop, I found a Lee Valley pen vise and a template for my Leigh jig that were still brand new in the box!
We go to the tool shows in our area, and sometimes travel to the ones a few hours away (Ok, there’s not much else to do when it’s -40 degrees in the middle of winter), and have bought numerous items when they are on special, but I don’t remember buying these.

Wondering if I was the only one…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 11:34 PM

I think that cold has got to the old brain cells my friend LOL….... cant say i have ever lost something i purchased i may hide things from the wife so i dont gey an ear full LOL…........

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 11:44 PM

I actually have several “found” tools. Back when I was working as a mechanic, I found a 10mm Snap On combination wrench, an OLD one at that, behind the front bumper of a Volkswagen Cabriolet. The old lady that owned the car had no clue where it came from… Said I could keep it… So I did.

I also came across a Stant cooling system pressure tester, complete in the case, but with blown seals (had it rebuilt) that somebody threw in the back of my old Jeep in the Auto Zone parking lot (It was a nice day, so I was riding with the top off). That same pressure tester needs new seals again… Wish I could find a Snap On truck that would let me on it these days…

My Estwing framing hammer was in my back yard under my downed tree after Hurricane Ike. Looked brand spanking new too… REALLY curious where that came from… Glad it didn’t fly into the house…

I have found various sockets, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers and such up in my attic from the previous home owner as well. Most of it pure junk.

Now as far as finding my OWN tools is concerned. Yeah. My engineers square went MIA a while back. It showed up on the peg board… No kids in the house. Never asked LOML, but I am thinking she used it for something…

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 11:46 PM

I have so many I haven’t found them all yet. LOL Really

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 01:05 AM

For me its a rotozip never use it

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 01:10 AM

I have found many tools laying on the street.

Today on my way into work, a shovel fell off of a landscaper truck. He saw it in his mirror and went to turn around. A car swooped on it and was gone before he got his truck turned around.

It wasn’t me, I hate shovels.

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 01:14 AM

I found a sweet little vintage block plane that I had entirely forgotten I owned. AND I needed a block plane just then, so hurray.

-- Come down off the cross, we can use the wood. -Tom Waits

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 01:17 AM

I feel so much better now. :)

I was also thinking about tools I bought but hadn’t used yet…

I have some of course, but I always kid my woodworking buddy about the time we drove 3 hours to a tool show, I bought an Excalibur sliding table for my Unisaw, he didn’t want to be left out so bought one too.
That was over 12 years ago, mine is very well used, his is still in the box, unopened.

He has the same saw and said “it takes up too much space” after he saw mine mounted.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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