What Do You Collect in Your Shop?
Jan 23, 2019
I cannot throw away the little spray tubes that come with aerosol cans of chain lube or penetrating oil. I went through a period a couple years ago when I lost every spray tube that came with the cans, and got tired of not being able to apply the liquids precisely. So I vowed to always save the spray tube from every can before I throw it away. That's why I have a pile of red plastic spray tubes on the back of my work bench.
Other people save other odd little things. I know a guy that for years, every time he emptied a "rattle" can of spray paint, he would completely deplete the aerosol then cut the can open and rescue the steel ball inside. He'd clean them up and add them to his collection of shiny steel paint can balls. As a kid he was curious about what was rattling around inside the cans, so he cut one open and thought the steel ball was kind of cool. He probably had a hundred or more of the balls in a jar in his shop, the last time I checked.
I used to know a farmer who had an entire wall of his (old fashioned) machine shed covered with rusty horseshoes. Every time he saw a horseshoe in his fields he brought it home and nailed it to the wall. No real reason; he just started collecting them and saw no reason to stop.
My dad had a "thing" for seed corn caps. At one time my mother took it upon herself to "thin the herd." Luckily, Dad intercepted the garbage bag full of caps before she was able to sneak them out of the house. A spirited discussion ensued...
I think each of us has some small "thing" that we obsessively collect. Some are for display and conversation-starters. Others are kept just because.....well, "just because." There's no other explanation.