There is no end in sight.
I have been a tool addict for over 40 years now. There are some tools out in my garage that I have had even longer than that.
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools, tool boxes and related items have come and gone over the years.
I literally ran out of room and had to give away entire Roll Away tool boxes that were half full of tools.
That was before I even moved into this place.
When I quit working on heavy equipment and heavy trucks, I sold and gave away the Big Stuff.
There isn’t usually a call for two inch wrenches and sockets in a typical year around here.
I have also been the extremely fortunate recipient of other peoples generosity and have now had to go buy a smaller Roll Away just to put some of those very expensive tools into.
The biggie I have found was not paying heed to some sage advice a few years ago when I first got this little Chinesium Mini Lathe.
I was warned several times,
“The Tooling Will Wind Up Costing More Than The Machine”.
I scoffed at such nonsense.
How is that even possible?
Well I am here to tell you that the above statement is only partially true.
It should say that the tooling will end up costing AT LEAST double what the machine did.
I am on a first name basis with EBay and Banggood.
My Mail Man and I are also on a first name basis. I would be with the various delivery drivers but they just drop the package and run.
I had to completely stop going to yard and garage sales, it just got completely out of control.
In the last three weeks I have placed twelve orders on Ebay, at a minimum.
Two more just this morning for Morse Taper adapters.
Even Amazon is getting a hit once in a while.
A new Slitting saw arbor and a couple of saw blades are resting comfortably on the little stand next to my left elbow as I type. I needed one with a Morse 3 taper. I already made one with a straight shank.
Hopefully soon I will be able to make my own tapered tooling. I have turned a couple of tapers on the small lathe for practice.
The opportunities are endless .
My biggest problem has always been a lack of organization.
Where to put all of this stuff, along with the thousands of nuts, bolts, screws, hose clamps and virtually the entire contents of a small hardware store.
They sell things for that too.
Like I said at the beginning.
It never ends.