Golden boy son on L plates and I had a leisurely drive around Melbourne’s outer east including a run up Mt Dandenong for an introduction to windy narrow roads, post cricket training today. He is a self taught cricket bat repair wiz , and does some amazing work.
Downside number 1 is my garage and everything in it is permanently covered in shavings and saw dust. Not conducive to working on cars.....
Downside number two is whenever I go to Bunnings, he invariably needs yet another softback sanding pad, glue or power tool of some description. Not sure how much profit he makes, but of course dad is a ready supply of funds for consumables. Currently he is thinking about an industrial band saw for handle repairs, and as he finishes school this year will lose access to the woodwork room. So we found ourselves at Sydney Tools and Total tools on the way home. A first time for me and I had a ball perusing the aisles and came out with a mini Japanese made screwdriver for confined spaces, and a couple of ratchet flex spanners. Not sure of the quality of the latter, but one day they will prove themselves indispensable on an under dash, or deep in engine bay task.
Of course I launched yet again into the joys of Saturday mornings in the 70’s spent with my dad wandering around W L Ryan and Co in Elizabeth St Melbourne which was a wonderland of tools, assorted automotive electrical products and stuff you could never have imagined existed to fix machinery. “Yes dad, you’ve told me this story before”. God I miss that place.
Later when I was older, I got into the habit of building my toolbox at Ryan’s by buying one tool with each pay.
I think we will check the industrial auctions for a bandsaw, but meanwhile my tool collection continues to grow.
And one day that 12 mm ratchet flex spanner will save the day