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Didn't know where to post this. So thought I'd start a thread for others to chip in if they've done a small fun restore or make-me-own?

Sunday, we went en famille to the car-boot sale at Earlston Rugby Club. Uhm, in Britain we call the car luggage space a boot - in N America I believe it's the trunk?

Anyhoo, Mrs' son and I spotted a nice cantilevered metal tool box full of assorted junk tools. Asked how much, the bloke said £25 for the box and contents. Which of course we would probably have had to fling out. Later, we went back to see if he would sell the toolbox on its own. Got three tool boxes in the garage, one metal, two plastic, but I like the garage to have an olde worlde feel so . . .

Well, while we had been finking, some other punter had snaffled the toolbox. Damn.

But as we wandered along the row of stalls, Graeme spotted two cantilevered metal tool boxes under a table. Both were old, filthy, battered. One was so rusty and full of holes it was beyond any hope but the other? Bloke said £1 so it was an absolute No Brainer.

Unfortunately, don't have a before picture but yer tiz after a fun hour or so of shaking out dirt, pushing back in one rivet that had popped out, squished it with a G-clamp, knocked out a few of the worst dents, straightened the bent handle with a vice, well, it's straighter than it was, wiped off worst of muck and stains with white spirit.

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Yep, that can take its place on the garage shelf now. A pound well spend, I'd say?
 
Have had look at that internet. Not always a good idea.

Can buy similar vintage tool box, used, described as in solid condition but with some wear and scratches, £15 plus £7 postage.
Or can buy very similar, 5-section cantilever tool box, brand new in steel, tough red paint (it says) FREE P&P for £19.85

Went to discuss with Graeme, buy a used one or buy a brand spanking new one for less money? Where did we end up on the discussion?

Neither, just wait and see if sommat turns up at another car-boot sale. Better to have the garage furnished with 'found' items each with its own story
 
I have more "fun small projects" in the queue than I have time to execute them! Case in point, I have a nice old and powerful bench grinder that needs restoration to replace the one in active duty in the shop. Need a rainy day with nothing else to do (which never happens!) to execute.
BTW, I have a very nice cast-aluminum cantilever tool box (German-made, if I recall) that does not fit my needs. I was planning on binning it. It's yours for the postage, if you want! PM me?
 
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BTW, I have a very nice cast-aluminum cantilever tool box (German-made, if I recall) that does not fit my needs. I was planning on binning it. It's yours for the postage, if you want! PM me?
Sounds like something I'd love, but trans-Atlantic postage means it needs to find a home closer to Montreal . . .
 
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