Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #9: Nothing "new", just GLOATING!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 10-21-2012 03:44 AM 1775 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have I mentioned my proficiency at procratination? My “shop” is still a disorganized amalgamation of stuff. The tools and machines are strewn about. I have to move twenty things to get to an item I need. I then need to move each and every one of them all over again, to get to the next task at hand. Of course, this affords many opportunities to change direction and find even more ways to procrastinate. However, this post is NOT about that.

Given the quagmire, that is my shop, I have been able to accomplish a few things. Even my pre-existing “Procrastination Syndrome” hasn’t totally stalled my momentum. Which is quite amazing really. I only wish that my “Amazin’” Mets could be so amazing!!! I digress, what amazing feat of DIY ineptitude did I accomplish, you ask? I was able to finish my air cleaner and install it, so it is up & running. Sorry, no pics, (I said I was inept) but I know it happened!!! However, this post is NOT about that.

This post is about a birthday, a friend and a CL machine gloat!!! Yeah, my CL addiction has served me WELL! Not only can I waste a great amount of time scouring the interweb for virtual treasures, but I can get deals on things I could do without.

Now then, I have access to my housemates thickness planer, but when a $600.00 DW735 shows up on CL for $100.00, you JUMP. You don’t hesitate, you pounce!!! Pounce I did. The add had only been up for 15 minutes and the seller agreed to hold it for me until the next day! Gotta love a man of integrity!!!

There is/was a reason this machine was only $100.00 dollars. Upon inspection, it was obvious that it had been used and abused as if it had been stolen! There were no blades, some screws and other things were MIA. I was able to power it up though, so I new all was not lost. I took a gamble and bought it. I mean, how expensive could it be to replace a couple of pieces parts???

Time to assess the damage (read $$$).
In/Out feed Tables: $49.99 Amazon (free shipping)
Internal dust shroud: $20.58 DeWalt (+ tax & shipping)
DC adapter: $7.87 DeWalt (+ tax & shipping)
T-Handle Hex Wrench: $11.05 DeWalt (+ tax & shipping)
Tension Spring: $1.36 Local Hardware (+ tax & travel)
Blade Set: $55.00 Local Big Blue Store (+ tax & travel)

So far so good…...

NOT SO GOOD, it needs a new cutterhead, $110.85 (from eReplacementParts+ tax & shipping).

Ok, that could hurt a little. The pain was eased when a friend and fellow LJ member, JL7 (aka Jeff) “rode into town” to save the day!!! It just so happens that Jeff has this same planer and recently upgraded to the Byrd Shelix carbide cutterhead. It’s good to be Jeff!!! He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, as he had a “spare” cutterhead and blade set.

$206.13!!!(+ $100.00 purchase price) to get it into working order. Oh, did I mention that I used my (recent) birthday monies for everything. Yup, all totaled, I got a DW735 CL machine GLOAT for a measly $306.13 and it didn’t cost me a cent!!!

Here are the pics of my Birthday Present LJ Buddy CraigsList Machine GLOAT!!!

The “In Feed”

The “Out Feed”

“First Run Before”

“First Run After”

I had a great birthday along with some “shop time”!!!

Thank you, Jeff!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 03:53 AM

Man what a machine!
Randy that’s great. It seems as you are very happy.
I and proud of your lack of procrastination.
Good job
well done
plane everything in sight

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 03:55 AM

wow randy

you really did score
all around
aside from a great new planer

and a dubious air cleaner
(no pic’s)

you are getting it together there

congratulations !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 04:00 AM

Wow, Randy about time you got off your ass. Nice haul and good refurb old friend.
Oh look boss…..le plane, le plane …...... ok, now go back to your fantasy land. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 10-21-2012 04:16 AM

Thanks. You need to do me a favor & prod me along with my handplane rehab!!! I need alooooot of prodding.

I looked for pics of the air cleaner & couldn’t find them. My procrastination may have something to do with that.

A swift kick in the A$$ is what I need. Please keep kicking!!!

I do tend to things, at my own pace, don’t I??? Please keep asking (prodding, harrassing) me about what have I done today!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 10-21-2012 07:18 AM

The old saying comes to mind “why put off till tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely”. It sure is easy to find other distractions when the shop is a mess, in need of reorganizing just to find a tool or complete just part of a project. But enough about me.. it appears you suffer from the same sort of disarray. I like to consider it a form of mad genius. In the pile of tools and parts that I call a work shop, I know exactly where everything is. And if the slightest thing is moved without my knowing about it, I will notice it the moment I step into my mess, er… I mean work shop.

Nice deal on the planer. The DW735 would be my first choice for a bench top planer. I had one some years back and am irking to get one again, if budget ever allows. As for having to replace the cutter head, I would see that as just another fun project to tackle. After all, anybody with and extra $600 laying around can go to the store and buy a new planer, but they will never know the inner workings until they take it apart and put it back together. That’s when it transforms from being just another tool to becoming an extension of the woodworker within. Sort of a bonding, or a right of passage, which a true woodworker can only achieve by knowing their tools inside and out. And the best part of that bonding with your tools, of making your tools an integral part of who you are as a woodworker, is that you saved 300 bucks!

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#6 posted 10-21-2012 12:54 PM

Looking good Randy – sounds like you were BUSY! Don’t forget to post the air cleaner pictures…..I’m supposed to remind you! Glad it worked out with the cutter head swap – that should be a great machine…...

I think you mentioned you have a project to build now? Right?

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 10-21-2012 02:51 PM

Looking good Randy.
I want you fellas to give me an adea how long the blades last on these Dewalts.
Sometimes in the (probably distant) future, I am going to have to put my Ryobi planer out of it’s misery. I noticed a serious problem with it the other day.
Anyway, I’ve got to start figuring out how to pay for it, but I eventually am going to get a Ridgid or Dewalt planer. I’m leaning towards the Ridgid. Now you guys need to sell me on the Dewalt so I can have plenty of info to make an informed decision.
The reason I ask about blade longevity is the lack thereof on the Ryobi. I have resorted to sharpening the blades because I cannot afford thirty bucks everytime these blades dull, especially considering the short lifespan of them on this planer.


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#8 posted 10-21-2012 06:29 PM

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy the profanity and satisfaction that comes from tool/machine rehabs. I also treasure the understanding of a machines inner workings.
I too, used to know where everything was, then overnight (50th B-day), I can no longer remember….let’s see, where was I? Oh yeah, Thanks for calling me a genious!!!

There is one problem I have, regarding equipment/tool purchases…..
I’m gonna run out of excuses. Soon, I will have most every tool neccessary & I will have to start making stuff!!!BTW: Thanks for the “prodding”!!!

I will gladly report that given my experience…...
Blades CAN stay sharp for all of eternity. You just need to NOT turn it on & they last forever!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 01:59 AM

I cant help myself

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 10-29-2012 02:08 AM


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