Today I went to Sayers Common car boot sale with my youngest daughter while my wife took our eldest daughter to a party.
We’ve not been since April, when we were very impressed, so I had quite high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed.
I found several things in the first aisle and it got better from there!
- Two new file handles – 50p
- Wooden coffin plane – £1
The blade on this is marked Crookes & Co Sheffield, but the body has no marking.
As with the 22″ Marples monster that I got at another car boot sale, I just liked something about this one.
I think it’s the way the head and tip of the screw holding the chip breaker to the blade is recessed into the body and wedge of the plane.
When I got it the blade and chip breaker were as above, but I’m not convinced that’s how they’re meant to be, as this would either make it a bevel up plane, or mean the chip breaker went under the iron …
- Small metal toolbox with various tools – £3
The highlights of the toolbox contents are:
- Stanley No. 621 hand drill (“Special 1940”) – this has quite a lot of play in various places that don’t screw tighten, so I might need to learn about peining!
- Woden pushpin No. X170 – lovely condition
- A couple of wooden handled marking/utility knives
- Various augers – 2 Footprint (1 still in its original packaging), 1 Ridgeway, the others just marked “FOREIGN”
- 2 small tin snips with markings I can’t make out yet
- 2 pairs of pliers – 1 marked with a crown and “AM 1959”
- Various files (several broken) and a file card – 1 marked “GPO 1946” but with a snapped off tip
- Henley Solon electric soldering iron with cracked casing and 2 pin plug – destined for the electrical recycling bin at the local tip!
The toolbox itself is quite rusty. I may clean it up for my eldest daughter to use, otherwise I may give her my WM450 workmate/toolbox.
Next I found a tool stall with some decent stuff. I nearly got a set of taps and dies, but I’m still not sure what I need. In the end I picked up a job lot of 3 items for £30 (original “best” prices below):
- Stanley Bailey No. 6 – £20
- Stanley No. 71 router plane – £12
You may ask why I need another of these, given that I recently bought one off eBay for £51, well that’d be the price – I figure I can average down my “holding” in Stanley and have paid £31.75 (or less given the discount) per plane.
It’s an older version with wooden handles instead of the plastic of my eBay purchase (they looked like wood 😦 ) and this one has the screw that my eBay purchase was missing (it was shown in the listing but didn’t arrive in the packaging 😦 ).
Once I figure out the thread of the missing screw I’ll buy or make a replacement and sell one of the router planes on eBay, hopefully recouping some of my expenditure in the process …
- Paramo No. 00 vice – £5
I didn’t really need this, I was just looking for things to add to the deal to improve the opening offer by the stallholder of £30 for the two planes.
I’ve been thinking for a while about mounting my other vice on a wood/ply base that I can clamp in the vice of my workbench, but I think this smaller one is a better candidate for that.
After that things dried up a bit and I only found a little ratchet screwdriver:
- Leyris ratchet screwdriver – 50p
I really like these and I started a bit of a collection at another car boot sale, when I got a whole load of Moore & Wright ones.
I think my wife was surprised that I was back within about an hour and a half – that’s the difference not having to wait for her and my eldest daughter to mooch around makes though!
- Admission: £1 (1 car)
- Total tool spend: £35
- Total other spend: £0
- Grand total: £36