First Year Apprentice Tool-Kit


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I was disappointed to find that on unwrapping these from what I thought was their oily protective rags in my shed, to find that these tools have started to corrode. Most of my first year of Apprenticeship (1963-64) was devoted to making this tool-kit, designed to teach us skills in the use of hand tools and machines; lathes, shaping machines, milling machines, pillar drills, surface grinders, cylindrical grinders, light box and measuring instruments. Some of the components had to be made to an accuracy of 0.0002" (two tenths of one thousandth of an inch) [0.005mm]. Happy days! I look back reminiscently to that period and would like to thank my instructor, Mr Charlie Grainy, for his part in that training but as I'm now an old man, I doubt that he is around these days! I thought I should photograph them before further deterioration. They will probably find their way into a skip when I'm gone!
To clarify, working from left to right the tools are,
Front row: Engineer's Square and Tap Wrench.
Second row: Internal/External Callipers, Calliper Nut Adjusting Key, Jeweller's Vice with variable angle moving jaw, Depth Gauge and Sine Bar.
Third row: pair of Vee Blocks with removable Vee Block Clamps, Scribing Block, Levelling Jack and Machine Vice.
30/07/2010 - 01:14Photon
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pauljay

Link Posted 30/07/2010 - 09:04
Do I detect a cycle chain link remover there? I made one of those at school, around 1960. Long gone, I think.
Paul.

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PPG

GlynM

Link Posted 30/07/2010 - 09:33
What a joy to see. I made a similar set in 1972-73 although not including all those in this photo as I migrated into the electrical/electronics apprenticeship.

None of mine have survived although I still have my apprenticeship deeds which I have just dug out to check the date. I think in that first year I was earning about 6 a week, some of which I had to give to my Mum.

Glyn

sam-joseph

Link Posted 30/07/2010 - 10:20
That's a nice set of tools there. I made a tap wrench similar to the one at bottom. All other tools I recognise, and have used, but that one on the centre right has got me stumped. Is that a bend jig of some description? Anyway, as far as the photo goes, this is a standard record shot. The real art is in the craftmanship of the tools.
Regards
Sam-Joseph
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GlynM

Link Posted 30/07/2010 - 15:14
sam-joseph wrote:
... but that one on the centre right has got me stumped.

The tool centre far right is a sine bar. Details can be found here.

Glyn
Last Edited by GlynM on 30/07/2010 - 15:14

Photon

Link Posted 31/07/2010 - 00:07
To Clarify, working from left to right the tools are,
Front row: Engineer's Square and Tap Wrench.
Second row: Internal/External Callipers, Calliper Nut Adjusting Key, Jeweller's Vice with variable angle moving jaw, Depth Gauge and Sine Bar.
Third row: pair of Vee Blocks with removable Vee Block Clamps, Scribing Block, Levelling Jack and Machine Vice.
Photon.
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