A special tool in my life

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Forum topic by rilanda posted 08-09-2012 07:14 PM 1023 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2012 07:14 PM

This was the first tool i bought

Chuck and ratchet

Another view of the brace

VR drawing of a 1940/50 kids trolley

This brace and the 3/4” bit were bought in 1949 from Woolworth in Beeston Nottingham. My Dad (god bless him) gave me one shilling a week pocket money and I was building myself a trolley at that time from pieces of old wood and a set of pram wheels, up to this point I had struggled along with a variety of old tools but I did not have any means of drilling the hole for the steering bar; this required a 3/4” hole. Woolworth at that time sold tools from compartments on counter tops and tools could be bought from separate compartments and assembled at home. This is how I bought this brace it cost me the princely sum of two shillings and sixpence and was bought over a period of three weeks and did the job admirably. My dad saw the tool and found out its cost and promptly gave me a good wallop for “wasting money”. My dad was a sportsman and had no use for tools of any description, if I had spent the money on a cricket bat or football all would have been well, but he saw no value in tools. The tool is still in good working order, chuck and ratchet still working and although it is stamped “FOREIGN” the end button runs on a ball race. This brace has immense sentimental value to me for the reasons I have mentioned above, each time I pick it up either to clean or use I think of my old Dad; lost him seven years ago when he was 92 years young and still the sportsman; loved him. I have 3 other braces of much better quality than this, one Record and one Stanley but neither of these have the same place in my life as this Brace. Worthless yet absolutely Priceless.
Any one out there has stories about special tools in their lives and the reasons they hold them dear?

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 07:20 PM

What a great story. I have several brace and bits myself but no longer use them. Need to clean them up some day and display them in my shop.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 07:36 PM

that is a lovely story.

I have a sharpening water stone that is broken, but came from my grandfather. it is kept with the other stones, unused, but everytime I look at it it works it’s magic just fine.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 07:50 PM

That’s awesome and it’s truly great that you still have it, my dad was just the opposite he had no use for sports of any kind and I would have gotten a good scolding if I spent my allowance on a base ball bat but tools were always an exceptible purchase but unfortunately a few years ago I lost all of mine due to a burglary and have had to start all over but hey that’s ok I always enjoy buying tools.
Take Care and God Bless

-- Kindlyoldpoop

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