Author Topic: Confessions of a tool junkie  (Read 17747 times)

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #225 on: January 18, 2020, 05:10:40 pm »
Gah! I'm trapped in the Dilbert continuum.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #226 on: January 18, 2020, 09:39:03 pm »
Gah! I'm trapped in the Dilbert continuum.

I worked for AT&T (in the UK) back in the early 90s - Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) was employed by the firm in the US and the whole management structure and nonsense was his inspiration for the cartoon strip.

Rob

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #227 on: January 18, 2020, 10:04:00 pm »
Ah - the old B&D "attachments" that turned the basic drill into other tools - IIRC I had a circular saw and a hedge trimmer.
I've still got some of those. I've never seen fit to replace the basic, 2-speed B&D corded drill that I bought after we got married, and I started to need to do some jobs around the house. Later, a friend who was upgrading to Bosch gave me some attachments that he could no longer use. To be fair, I've not really needed them either yet, but you never know.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #228 on: January 19, 2020, 08:37:16 am »
Ah - the old B&D "attachments" that turned the basic drill into other tools - IIRC I had a circular saw and a hedge trimmer.
I've still got some of those. I've never seen fit to replace the basic, 2-speed B&D corded drill that I bought after we got married, and I started to need to do some jobs around the house.


My dad did the same (with a Stanley Bridges - there's a name to remember). To be fair he did eventually get around to doing some of those jobs. By proxy. When I got big enough to use the things.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #229 on: January 19, 2020, 08:57:17 am »
Too many tools.

The other day I needed to drill a hole through the frame of my front door to pass a mains cable through it.
Somewhere, I knew I had a 250mm x 8mmØ drill bit (which, TBF, at that length, is pretty unusual) still in its red, telescopic RS box.
Could I find it?
No.
Searched the drill box.
Searched the drill drawer.
Searched the auxiliary drill box.
Searched the cutters box.
Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

With heavy heart I took myself off to B&Q knowing, with some certainty, that I'm unlikely to find anything in there longer than the (inadequately short) 150mm bit I already had in my drill box.
Somewhat surprisingly, I found one at 165mm.
While I didn't think this was anywhere near long enough, my inner optimist persuaded me to part with north of £8.00, on the off-chance that it might work.

No sooner than I was back indoors, that I looked in the drawer yclept 'Holes and Taps', and there it was.
Shiny and unused, in its original RS box - all 250mm's worth of 8mmØ HSS bit.  ::-)

And lo!
The front door frame was perforated, and mains cable passed through accordingly \0/

And the 165mm bit was relegated, unused, to the auxiliary drill box.
Until next time, readers.

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #230 on: January 19, 2020, 09:01:42 am »
Ah - the old B&D "attachments" that turned the basic drill into other tools - IIRC I had a circular saw and a hedge trimmer.
I've still got some of those. I've never seen fit to replace the basic, 2-speed B&D corded drill that I bought after we got married, and I started to need to do some jobs around the house.


My dad did the same (with a Stanley Bridges - there's a name to remember). To be fair he did eventually get around to doing some of those jobs. By proxy. When I got big enough to use the things.

I still use my old B&D 1969 2-speed, mostly to spin a polishing buffer made of old jeans.



I still have the orbital sander, saw and hedge-trimmer attachments.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #231 on: January 19, 2020, 10:27:59 am »
what sort of flap wheel do you have where you can add your own materials ?

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #232 on: January 19, 2020, 10:36:07 am »
One which requires the operator to wear full-face protection......  ;)

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #233 on: January 19, 2020, 12:30:19 pm »
You got that ^^^ right.  It's an 8mm steel rod with half a dozen lengths of dowel that trap offcuts of old jeans. It's held together with zip ties.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #234 on: January 19, 2020, 12:58:06 pm »
Too many tools.

Gonna have to stop you right there. That simply does not compute.   :demon:

<ponders the spare room with its stacks of power tools in their cases, tool boxes, boxes full of tools, boxes of fixings, et cetera>

Nope, still doesn't compute. The excess tools are merely the ones I haven't used yet.   ;)
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And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #235 on: January 19, 2020, 01:35:43 pm »
Is it possible to have 'too many fixings' ?

And if so, that will necessitate some sort of definition of 'too many'.

Thoughts ?
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #236 on: January 19, 2020, 01:48:14 pm »
Again, there's no such thing. ;D

Sod's Law dictates that if you have what you think is a merely "sufficient" stock of screws, nails and fixing plugs, you'll find yourself running out of the particular item/s you need for a DIY project on a Sunday afternoon after the shops have closed.

Well, that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it... ;)
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #237 on: January 19, 2020, 01:56:50 pm »
Ah - the old B&D "attachments" that turned the basic drill into other tools - IIRC I had a circular saw and a hedge trimmer.
I've still got some of those. I've never seen fit to replace the basic, 2-speed B&D corded drill that I bought after we got married, and I started to need to do some jobs around the house.


My dad did the same (with a Stanley Bridges - there's a name to remember). To be fair he did eventually get around to doing some of those jobs. By proxy. When I got big enough to use the things.

I still use my old B&D 1969 2-speed, mostly to spin a polishing buffer made of old jeans.



I still have the orbital sander, saw and hedge-trimmer attachments.

... ah, I forgot that item - that was in use until only a couple of years ago when I bought a couple dedicated machines - one for polisher/brass wire brush and the other with two grades of grindstone

Rob

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #238 on: January 29, 2020, 02:11:43 pm »
Just discovered CutList Optimizer https://www.cutlistoptimizer.com/. Anyone else tried it?
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #239 on: January 29, 2020, 04:49:37 pm »
Between the Disney abattoir and the chemical refinery

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #240 on: January 30, 2020, 11:10:21 am »
I know nothing about machining, but some people on another forum think this chap is something else, so I thought I'd share the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ_1ju9tfh0
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #241 on: January 31, 2020, 08:41:33 am »
I know nothing about machining, but some people on another forum think this chap is something else, so I thought I'd share the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ_1ju9tfh0
He is mesmerising, but don't ask him to turn you up a 7/8 UNC bolt...........

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #242 on: January 31, 2020, 11:42:53 am »
I know nothing about machining, but some people on another forum think this chap is something else, so I thought I'd share the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ_1ju9tfh0
He is mesmerising, but don't ask him to turn you up a 7/8 UNC bolt...........
He's got a video somewhere that shows him getting something flat to within half a micron.  That's 500nm. That's the wavelength of visible light.
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #243 on: January 31, 2020, 11:55:31 am »
Just discovered CutList Optimizer https://www.cutlistoptimizer.com/. Anyone else tried it?

Yep - brilliant.

Rob

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #244 on: January 31, 2020, 12:00:20 pm »
Just spent a superb 3 days at Axminster Tools on their 2-day router and 1 day band saw courses.   I was stunned that I was able to build a small cabinet with blind dovetails, normal dovetails, slotted shelf and raised panel door - all with a router (and some jigs) - and cutting shapes and stuff with the bandsaw (although the focus of the course was largely on fitting blades and running it safely)

Highly recommended . . . . . don't be sucked into buying more toys like I was  :thumbsup:  (new router, t-track and nifty straight-edge board clamp)

Rob

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #245 on: January 31, 2020, 01:05:25 pm »
MrsT wouldn't let me near a course like that unless I left my credit cards at home.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #246 on: January 31, 2020, 04:45:18 pm »
MrsT wouldn't let me near a course like that unless I left my credit cards at home.

It was fine - I got 5% discount so that's all good!      Bought a storage case for the router today - Screwfix's finest.

Rob

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #247 on: January 31, 2020, 04:48:06 pm »
The first couple of routers I bought I made cases for, but after the first few uses I built a shelf for them instead. Too handy.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #248 on: February 25, 2020, 12:49:59 pm »
I bought a cheap watch repair toolkit from the Internet. £30 so its all chinesium and isn't going anywhere near my Breitling. However its already paid for itself opening the backs and letting my change the batteries on a variety of Casio and Timex watches I had in the draw of dead watches. I might even watch a few videos and see if I can get a Seiko 5 that's gone very erratic working properly again (usually something to do with the mainspring getting caught up on something apparently).
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

T42

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #249 on: February 25, 2020, 01:24:06 pm »
Got one of those too, and a cheap demagnetizer. Haven't used either in anger except to take the back off a Vostok diver's watch, admire all the twiddly bits, then put it back with a fervent uh-uh.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.