How can I buy a New Cabinet Saw for only $20?

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Blog series by Chickenfoot updated 06-26-2012 04:06 AM 23 parts 88945 reads 116 comments total

Part 1: Let the Journey Begin

01-01-2012 01:32 AM by Chickenfoot | 7 comments »

Let me start buy saying I’m not trying to sell you anything, No secret formula for success. Just something I’ve been thinking about doing for some time. I have been buying and selling on the internet since 2002, E-Bay, Craigslist and various forums… In 2011 I started the year with $20 and by the 1st of July I managed to convert my original $20 to over $1800 by just buying stuff at Swap meets, Yard Sales and off the Internet and reselling it on the above mentioned sites. My o...

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Part 2: Starting to make a little money

01-06-2012 05:49 AM by Chickenfoot | 4 comments »

I ended my auction early to sell the planes to someone localy for $60. I then bought the RAS I talked about for $50 knowing that it’s on the recall and the motor is worth $100 for a $50 profit. So right now we stand at $115, not bad for the first week. I’ll hit the local swap meet and maybe a couple yard sales on Saturday then the Rosebowl on Sunday, Can’t wait. Just a side note. I went to Rockler in Ontario today, Man that SawStop saw is nice… My wife said she’d...

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Part 3: The End of Week One...

01-09-2012 04:32 AM by Chickenfoot | 3 comments »

Well, Week one is in the books. I had $115 going into the Weekend, I bought a nice vintage 1460 Delta lathe on Saturday off craigslist for $60. I have parted it out and it’s currently on the Bay. I went to the Rosebowl today and bought a couple of tools for $9 which are currently for sale on another site. I also bought the first 47 issues of Shop Notes magazine for only 10 bucks… got a love the Rosebowl. I’m going to keep the Shop Notes but will deduct the cost from my total...

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Part 4: Barn Fresh 1953 Delta Bandsaw

01-12-2012 06:27 AM by Chickenfoot | 4 comments »

I was coming back from a job in Wrightwood, Ca. thinking about what I was going to do this weekend when I spotted what looked to be the top of a Delta Band saw in a yard. It was covered with a tarp that must have blown off. To make a long story short I talked to the owner and found out it was a 1953 Delta 14” Band saw. He stated that a neighbor offered him $40 for it a couple months ago so when I offered $100 he was more then happy to sell it. I already have a 14” Jet so I decide...

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Part 5: The End of Week Two

01-16-2012 03:41 AM by Chickenfoot | 6 comments »

Well I’m at the end of my second week, Had a very good auction making $286 after all the fees… I have a couple things working right now, I found another Vintage Delta 14” Bandsaw. This ones in much better condition but w/o the nice cast iron stand at a very good price, will see if I can get it. Other then that I’ll hit the local CL and see what happens. I did list the bandsaw, hoping to start a little side pot to get my 13” planer. As of today my total is $322 no...

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Part 6: A Second 1950's Band Saw.. This one counts

01-23-2012 03:49 AM by Chickenfoot | 0 comments »

First off, Sorry for not posting earlier, I’ve been fighting the cold that’s been going around all week. After deciding not to use the 1953 Delta Band Saw I found a couple weeks ago I hit the jackpot again. when I saw this latest band saw on CL I e-mailed the seller for a could pictures only to get a response of ” Sorry it’s sold ”. After about 3 or 4 days I received a phone call stating the first buyer backed out and it’s mine for $100 if I still want it. ...

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Part 7: Planes and Saws and Levels... Oh My!!!

01-28-2012 11:02 PM by Chickenfoot | 8 comments »

It’s been a pretty dead week on CL, My auctions are ending today & tomorrow so I decided to look at a couple local yard sales. After about an hour I was driving by probity the last yard sale before heading home when I spotted what looked like a couple old hand saws leaning against a tree. when I walked up to the saws and elderly gentleman approached me and said ” you like the old ones?”... After talking to him for a while he took me to the good stuff, An old hand made bo...

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02-07-2012 04:29 AM by Chickenfoot | 0 comments »

Just a quick update, I made $500 on the band saw and $450 on the planes so far with a couple still left to sell. I also traded a couple planes for a 20” Scroll Saw… I’ll talk more about that one later. My Daughters 21ST birthday party is this weekend so I’m sure I wont be going to the Rose Bowl on Sunday. So far I have $950 in the pot. Keeping my eye on the big picture…

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Part 9: I bought a nice Jet 6" Jointer

02-13-2012 12:55 AM by Chickenfoot | 3 comments »

Well I had a person back out of a deal for the remaining wood planes so my total went from $950 down to $800. On a positive note, I used the $500 I made on the first band saw to buy a 6” Jet Jointer for $250 (pictures below) and I’m going to sell the Delta 4” since I don’t need it any more. I’m also going to try and sell the rest of the planes at an antique tool swapmeet in L.A. on Saturday the 18th so if anyones going please stop by and say Hi… keeping my ...

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Part 10: It's not always about Wood Working...

02-26-2012 12:03 AM by Chickenfoot | 4 comments »

I’m always asked how do you know what to buy and will I make a profit. You can’t just buy something hoping to make a profit. Do some research, watch the internet and see what’s selling. Obviously vintage wood working equipment sells, I think i’ve proven that… Why? because there’s a lot of people out there that enjoy restoring these machines and they always need parts. Same with old Craftsman 6” metal lathes… Highly sought after machines. Sure, y...

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Part 11: Just an Update...

03-05-2012 02:18 AM by Chickenfoot | 3 comments »

The one thing that I forgot in the last Blog posting was the money… I was at $800, I spent $350 on the R/C equipment and on friday I bought a Jet 89” Belt Sander & a Dewalt 13” planer for $350. after all of that spending I’m sitting at $100 in the pot. I sold the R/C equipment for $640 after all the fees and the Dewalt planer for $350. So that makes $1090 in the pot but I still have a nice Jet Sander and about 24 planes left. I’m taking all my planes, saws an...

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Part 12: Nice day at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet

03-11-2012 11:58 PM by Chickenfoot | 5 comments »

I had a pretty busy week, I sold the Dewalt Planer ($350), The rest of my wood planes ($200) and the Jet Sander ($330) then went to the Rose Bowl this morning and picked up a nice Stanley #193 plane for $40 along with a reprint of a Stanley #129 tool catalog that will make a nice resource book. I also picked up a small box of R/C airplane engines and mufflers for $60. I know I’ve said this before BUT if you like antiques and live in the So. California area you have to make the Rose Bowl a mus...

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Part 13: Stormin in So. Cal.

03-19-2012 02:54 AM by Chickenfoot | 3 comments »

Well the storms going thru So. Cal kept me away from the swap meets but I did sell all the r/c engines for $170 after fees and the pocket bike for $130. Looks like another storm is coming in next weekend so it might be a slow week. I’ve been told of a nice junky swap meet in the area that, when the weather gets better, I’m going to try out. Other then that I’m just going to keep plugging away. I did receive the parts to fix the 6” jointer which should be up and running...

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Part 14: Slim Pickings but don't get discouraged...

04-03-2012 02:25 AM by Chickenfoot | 6 comments »

It’s been a while since my last posting. Between all the storms coming thru So. Cal. and CL kind of drying up it’s been slim pickings in the area. I did buy a nice Shopsmith Planer on a powered stand with a couple other attachments for $110, should be able to make a couple bucks on them. It also got me thinking, I’ve seen a few shopsmith machines on Cl lately. After a couple days of researching the Bay, there’s a lot of people out there that restore and use these machi...

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Part 15: 1960 Delta Band Saw & My First Shopsmith

04-12-2012 01:37 AM by Chickenfoot | 6 comments »

Well, if you read the last post I bought another Vintage Delta 14” Band Saw. Paid $200 but this one had the original motor and the retirement light so I though the extra was worth it. I also bought my first Shopsmith ($100) because it came with the most sought after attachments (Band Saw, Jig Saw and Jointer), it’s going to take a couple weeks but I should make a couple bucks on these. I’m hoping to be around the $2500 mark by the end of the month if everything goes to plan....

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Part 16: Picked up a 1940's Delta DP220 Drill Press

04-22-2012 11:07 PM by Chickenfoot | 6 comments »

It’s been a while since the last posting. I sold the band saw for $560 and some of the Shopsmith parts for another $80 after fees which makes my total $2040 as of Saturday. Today I picked up a Vintage Delta DP220 Drill Press for $100. The Ser# is 1-1514 which puts it about 1939-40… This ones all mine, you won’t see it for sale for a while. With this purchase my total is $1940, I have had a hard time selling the Shopsmith so I decided to split it up and list it on the Bay. Sh...

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Part 17: My First Live Auction

05-12-2012 10:58 PM by Chickenfoot | 2 comments »

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted, Had to take care of a few honey do’s… Two weeks ago I went to my first Live Auction. The only reason for going to this estate auction is the owner was a wood worker and had a 10 year old Delta Unisaw that look awesome in the pictures and a few other items, The only problem was it was a right tilt. I think I’m over thinking the right tilt VS left tilt to much because I bided it up to $600 and it only sold for $650. two w...

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Part 18: "GOT MY CABINET SAW"... or did I?

05-21-2012 03:33 AM by Chickenfoot | 17 comments »

We’ll I had a pretty good week toped off with an incredible buy earlier today. I have always wanted a bench top mortiser. On Thursday after seeing an ad on CL, I picked up a NEW Jet Mortiser with 3 bits for $150. On the weekends I check Cl about 10 times a day knowing on the better deals you have to be the first to call or you miss out… After doing some hunny do’s around the house I jumped on the computer to see if there was any deals. Right away I see an ad for a Vintage De...

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Part 19: You can never have enough clamps...

06-05-2012 03:41 AM by Chickenfoot | 2 comments »

Every time I bring something home my wife always says the same thing. ” Are you going to use that to build something this time?” We’ll finally I can say yes… I’ve drooled over some of the boxes that you guys and gals have posted and finally decided to make a small band saw box. After gluing about 5 boards together I realized I only had 3 WORKING clamps. WOW now what am I going to do… after about a 10 minute search on CL I found a guy that posted an ad about...

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Part 20: Just an Update...

06-20-2012 03:50 AM by Chickenfoot | 6 comments »

I have sold the rest of the Delta Scroll & Band Saw parts as well as the Delta RAS for another $400. I was at $2365 but spent another $70 at Paul’s (see the last blog posting) on some very nice wood and a couple more clamps and things so my total dropped to $2295 plus the $400 makes it $2695. I had a friend call me today who restores old Delta machines. Looks like he’s low on cash for another project and he wants’ to sell me a couple Delta 1460 wood lathes, Should have m...

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Part 21: A Couple More Vintage Delta Machines

06-22-2012 03:44 AM by Chickenfoot | 1 comment »

Like I stated in my last posting, I picked up a 1949 Delta 14” Band Saw last night for $150. I should be able to make a couple bucks on this one. I also just picked up two 1950’s Delta 1460 12” Wood Lathes from a friend that need a little cash, Paid $400 for both. More then I wanted to pay but it helps a good friend and as long as I can make my money back I’m OK with it. Should take about 2 weeks to get these out of the garage… I hope. Started with $2695 minus $5...

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06-24-2012 06:52 PM by Chickenfoot | 10 comments »

After 8 hours and 450 miles I have my saw… Just a taste, more to come later this week

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Part 23: The Search Is Over Part 2

06-26-2012 04:06 AM by Chickenfoot | 10 comments »

OK, Here’s the picture of the completed saw and the story behind it. On friday I checked Cl and seen a listing for a NIB Delta Unisaw and a slightly used Unisaw, Priced at $1400 and $1100. After talking to the seller on the phone he stated that he already had 3 people coming to look at the saws on Friday night and Saturday morning so I figured I didn’t have a chance in hell not to mention is was about a 450 mile drive… About 3:00PM on Saturday I received a call from the sell...

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