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Hi there Fraternity.

Just a quick one. If you ever have had the opportunity to peruse my previous postings, you will realise that as a retired plumber from the Highlands of Scotland I am a very poor, mostly due to the outgoings of my good wife, and as such there is nothing better than a good tool bargain.

I have already stated that I installed 415v three phase in my workshop as the woodworking machines are really cheap compared to 240v available which are quickly snapped up.

However here in the UK the best deals are at the car boot sales and fetes etc dotted all around the country especially at this time of year.

On Saturday I attended the Glamis Extravaganza held at the ancestral home of the Queen Mother.

It’s a huge estate with a fairy tale castle and a delight to visit. I have included a couple of photos for our US cousins.

Every year the Strathmore vintage car club hold a huge two-day meeting and its vast and there are hundreds of associated stalls with tools galore. Yes, lads, kid in a candy store.

I visited a local charity stall and picked up my first torque wrench. Always wanted one, haven’t a clue what for, but had to have it. Retail new around £100 plus. On Saturday £10. It’s as I write already been stripped down, thoroughly cleaned, rebuilt and in the wrench cupboard to be used god knows when.
Next visit was a junk stand selling everything. Noticed the Bosch torch, and as I have that particular drill snapped it up for £10 and he threw in the Battery for free, both new and unopened. New £27 and £21 for the battery

My wife had to step in at this point as I was getting really excited and she had to take me for an ice cream cone to calm me down. As a treat she made it a 99 with the chocolate wafer sticking out the top. Does it get better than this?

Last was another junk type stand and as I rummaged came across a block plane still in its packing at the bottom of a tool box. Guy wanted, yes you guessed £10. You can’t make this up. New about £25 to £35.

I have shown my new plane along with my other planes to demonstrate the bargains out there. The most expensive plane you see in the photo is the No4 which I again purchased at that very fair a number of years ago and was £12.

So, the moral of this story is don’t get old and don’t get poor.

Colin
Glamis Castle
 

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That "Record" shoulder plane you got there is the real steal!!!
 

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OK Colin, I'll have to interpret here for we Yanks. In the UK everybody knows what comes with a 99, but a newcomer to these shores who wonders at the name's provenance is sure to be baffled. The ice cream in question has gone by that name since 1930, when Cadbury's launched a shorter version of its Flake bar - called a Flake 99 - for the ice cream trade. - BBC.com

From the Oxford Dictionary: "Ninety-nine n. (also 99) Brit. an ice cream cone made with soft ice cream with a stick of flaky chocolate inserted into it (as 99 a proprietary name in the United Kingdom); (formerly) an ice cream wafer sandwich containing a similar stick of chocolate; a wafer cone or chocolate stick for an ice cream (disused)."

Your wife's judgement is good, that cone would soothe even a savage, beastly Brit.
 

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Thanks Tom
Very informative and thanks for your all your kind comments on my posts. It really makes a difference when someone enjoys your experiences and takes the time and effort to tell you

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OK Colin, I'll have to interpret here for we Yanks. In the UK everybody knows what comes with a 99, but a newcomer to these shores who wonders at the name's provenance is sure to be baffled. The ice cream in question has gone by that name since 1930, when Cadbury's launched a shorter version of its Flake bar - called a Flake 99 - for the ice cream trade. - BBC.com

From the Oxford Dictionary: "Ninety-nine n. (also 99) Brit. an ice cream cone made with soft ice cream with a stick of flaky chocolate inserted into it (as 99 a proprietary name in the United Kingdom); (formerly) an ice cream wafer sandwich containing a similar stick of chocolate; a wafer cone or chocolate stick for an ice cream (disused)."

Your wife's judgement is good, that cone would soothe even a savage, beastly Brit.
I want one, I want a 99 now, N
 

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Very nice planes, I buy from tool fetes too, I have said a few times that no one should buy tools if they don't have a use for them as in the end they will never get used then get sold at some tool fete for a fraction of what they cost, I think I was talking about someone who asked should they buy a big set of Router Cutters that had over 100 of what I thought were cheap looking cutters where most would never get used or be of any value, in any regard never buy tools you don't need and just buy the ones you will use, except planes of course buy all of them you can get as the guy who dies with the most planes wins. N
 
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