My problem is that I have so much rubbish tipped in five stables along with the children's stuff, the stuff collected from various dead relatives and the garage/workshop tip that I can never find anything and so end up buying another as it is quicker than trying to find it. Having bought a new one I inevitably find the thing I was looking for in the most obvious place that I have passed many times during my initial search. One day I will get a skip and dump all the stuff that is too good to throw away but I never use and nobody wants. The children will only skip it when I am gone. Anyone want a pair of VASI light alignment gauges in wooden boxes or an army collapsable aerial pole and supports in a bag? Just some of the misc stuff I have accumulated.
My wife looked in my office and told me I had too many screwdrivers having seen a couple on my desk along with a set of miniature ones. She did not see the two more small sets I had in the office and various sets I have in the garage, the drawer full of miscellaneous ones and the tool bags with sets of various sizes of the different standards in insulated and uninsulated. Not that I can ever find the correct head and size when I want one.
I would like to try a 4 1/2 or 5 1/2 but I have never even seen one so I am always surprised at how many people them. Now I know why. Some people have large stocks of them in their workshop, causing an international shortage. I think you should sell some. Flood the market, improve availability and cause the price to drop.
@TRITON There's a Record 010 in the lineup, 3rd from the left and a Stanley 4 1/2, 3rd from the right.
There's a Record 4 1/2 on the way and a Stanley 5 1/2 on the left.
I have so many, as I was working in Somerset, Essex, at college in London and Denmark all at the same time and it wasn't until I collected them all together in one place, that I realised I have hoarding tendencies.
I have a selection of wooden planes too, but I'm pleased to say that I use them, which is why the metal ones look sadly neglected.
I started off with power tools. But when you have a sharp bench plane or chisel ready to go, it’s easier and quicker than power tools, makes less noise and mess. That’s how the hand tool thing starts anyway.
I feel a bit better now as I now only have 4 #4s. The 2 wooden coffin smoothers and the infill smother dont really count.
Sometimes its good to have a couple as when one gets dull just pick up another. The crunch comes when they all need sharpening.