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Woodshop On A Budget #6: Looking for the Widows??? Saves $$$!!!

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Blog entry by Chefshep posted 03-26-2011 09:10 AM 1272 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Craig’s List is really a great place to find great deals. Some of the entries in this series have testified to that. Many different scenarios have presented different ways to save when trying to equip your shop with the tools needed to accomplish the tasks at hand.

Case in point… I am going thru craigs list & find an ad for a 1” belt sander w/ a small disc sander on the side. I call the guy up. He has an Australian accent. He tells me that he is in country visiting his mother-in-law, and is helping her sell some of her late husband’s wood working tools. So, I go buy to look at the sander & this is what I found…

Got to meet the family & made friends with the mother-in-law… got her name & phone#... she had lots of other things & had sold many as well. Her husband had passed away 18 months prior. Paid $80 for both the Sander & the Jointer & got plenty of extra belts for the sander & a push tool with the jointer…

She had lots of stuff I didn’t need. But there was a wish list going on in my mind as I looked at all the tools she had.

I ended up saving up a bit of my bonus check from work & called her back a few weeks later.

I had made up my mind to come back for this. It came with all the biscuts too! I really thought I was doing pretty good…

But turns out that this widow was quite a sales person…

I didn’t start out needing, or wanting a dremel tool w/ drill press & bits…

Nice little custom case w/ drawer that her husband had made for the bits…

Man, that Widow took the last dollar I had, right out of my wallet! $89.00 for the Plate Joiner & the Dremel w/ bits & Drill Press

She has more stuff too. I still have her number. Waiting for my next bonus check…

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill



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D1st

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 04:11 PM

Nice score! I too have gotten some good deals off of CL. Keep us updated. : )

-- http://www.furstwoodworks.com/

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Chefshep

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 07:08 PM

D1st

Check out the other entries in this blog. They reference different ways to look for great deals. Lots of good ideas.

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 07:14 PM

I have sold some stuff on craigslist and given some great deals to others…but I have a very hard time finding any of those good deals when I am looking for something….and I look every day. Well, I will keep lookin and hopefully sooner or later…..

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Chefshep

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 07:21 PM

Greg,

Sometimes the deals are there, just hiding. That’s what this blog is about. Check out some of the ideas in this blog. Others have posted ways they stumbled across good deals as well. Look for the odd situations. You may be pleasantly surprised:)

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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blockhead

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 05:12 PM

Oh yeah. Nice score on these tools. Its nice when you have the main tools you need wrapped up and then you can start collecting the smaller things and getting those that you may just want and not necessarily need. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of uses for these little gems.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Chefshep

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 01:56 AM

Brad, I’ve found that having a small budget gives me the incentive to do the collecting. Fact is, I ended up finding the deals on the main tools, (ie: table saw, band saw, miter saw) because I had a few $$$ put away. The funny thing is, doing the deal searches paid off & I was able to get more bang for my buck. Stretching the budget became fun, & I ended up being able to get the smaller “wish list” tools. In fact, I need to quit deal hunting & get to work>>>

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 07-18-2011 01:18 AM

Nice score!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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