Honestly, I don’t quite know how I’ve ended up in this position.
It started about 2 months ago when I thought I needed a new Stanley plane.
That was until I noticed the plasticky handles etc and thought it better to look for a decent 2nd hand one.
I got one…. then another and now have a third, all from car boot sales and only spent a total of £5.
In passing, I have also collected 5 tenon saws of varying quality, a Disston, a Spear and Jackson and another one I think is about 100 years old.
Then I picked up a set of rusty dividers ( why? I don’t even need any never mind have a use for them?)
They turned out to be Moore and Wrights.
Now, after reading BRITs blogs on rusty braces I’m hooked on them now!
I’ve recently acquired what I thought was a Skinner brace but is in fact marked ‘imperfect’. Looks nice though…...
Now I’ve just got another rusty brace by Comet. Titchy little thing…. might do for my niece…....
In brief, I have a box of rusty ‘junk’ which I hope to pass a few hours doing them up to a standard that I can use if necessary or just look at and say ” I saved that saw, brace, plane etc from the scrapheap’
I have now made a start on the planes and the Comet brace and have discovered the beauty of acetic acid baths.
I soak everything overnight or during the day whilst at work and spend an hour scrubbing and polishing.
Is this my life now?
Ferreting around boot sales for rusty old tools and boring my wife to death showing her ‘before and after’ samples.
Is there any way back to a normal life?
-- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.... but it's all I have.