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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #31: CL, A PC, A DW & a Serious Tool GLOAT!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 08-18-2013 11:09 PM 1233 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: Another Lathe(y) day in "My Lair".... Part 31 of Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... series Part 32: A Grizzly In The Lair.... »

“The Lair” is in a state whereby I can make saw dust. I have most every machine and tool, that could be pressed into service in the pursuit of wood working bliss, that is necessary. The shop is no where near perfect and will surely needs upgrades. I would still like to have a scroll saw and a drum/thickness sander, however, they can wait. One would think that after all this time, acquiring tools and machines and getting the shop ready, I would be in sawdust heaven. Even with all the equipment, there is something missing. The problem being, one can not purchase, beg, borrow or even steal the absent necessity. I haven’t the desire, motivation or the energy to put “The Lair” to good use!!! This just sucks!!!

Enough of the pity party and onto the reason for this post….

I hunt on Craigslist with a vengeance. I don’t want anyone else getting that gloat worthy score! IT’S MINE!!!

I was perusing CL this morning over my morning coffee. As I scoured the listings, I nearly burned my nostrils as the coffee exploded out!!! I’m so glad the coffee had cooled off a little. After wiping off the laptop, I had to reread the listing, to be sure I had read it correctly. I hurried off a hastily written email to the seller. “Hurry up and wait” time….

The seller called me about an hour later, and verified that I had read the listing correctly. I agreed to meet with him within the hour. Gotta move on CL deals while the iron (or coffee) is hot!!! I think I may have left a couple of strips of rubber as I tore out of the driveway….

I pulled into the circular drive of a beautifully landscaped mansion. I rang the doorbell and waited…..
A voice called me over to an outbuilding, the shop I presumed. As I walked into the shop I saw the remnants of a once well equipped wood shop. I wonder what else he has for sale….

After the usual chit chat, I agreed to purchase a Porter Cable laminate trimmer, with assorted accessories. He also threw in a box of carbide bits onto the sale price of $25.00. Did I do good???

The trim router is NOT what made me rush over to “The Mansion”....
The “chit chat” was really about a DeWalt DW788 Type 1 20” Variable Speed Scroll Saw. The seller offered the standard lines, “Only used once or twice!”, “Like new!!”, “I’m moving and need it gone asap!!!”. Apparrently a fully eqipped wood shop does not fit into a small condo unit!!! We fired up the saw and checked the fuctionality of the adjustments. All system go! The saw also comes with the DeWalt stand, another bonus feature. I forked over the cash for the saw (& $25.00 for the router) and I am now the proud owner of a DeWalt DW788 Type 1 20” Variable Speed Scroll Saw!!!

A picture of my successful CL hunt:

All in all I am pleased with my purchase. Now I need to muster the energy to move the saw, stand and router into “The Lair”!!!

Oh yeah, I bet you are wondering what this fabulous saw set me back…
The DeWalt DW788 Type 1 20” Variable Speed Scroll Saw lightened my wallet by a mere $100.00!!!
How’d I do???

Hmmmmm….
Drum/Thickness sander….
The next “shop project”???

The signs for the work trailer are awaiting a few coats of marine paint….
The “post-project” shop clean up is scheduled….
Time to find room, in “The Lair”, for my new to me DeWalt DW788 Type 1 20” Variable Speed Scroll Saw....

Well, that’s the plan at least….

-- 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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JL7

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 11:19 PM

Well it’s a confirmed…..”YOU SUCK”

That is a nice score…......

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 11:26 PM

Thanks, Jeff!!!
Yeah, this is the reason I check Craigslist religiously, like 3 to 5 times a day. Gotta be the first to contact the seller, otherwise it will dissappear in a flash!!!

-- 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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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 11:40 PM

Great STEALS! You indeed, SUCK!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 11:56 PM

You SUCK, you bitch.

-- 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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JL7

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 11:59 PM

Randy, I purposely avoid CL lately because I almost ALWAYS find great deals and I HAVE TO STOP buying!!

Seriously, put your reservations aside…....and build something cool – you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. And of course, if you fail miserably, your project is still usable as fire fuel…....win/win…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 08-19-2013 12:29 AM

Gene,
I appreciate the sentiment. I try hard and occasionally am successful!!!

Rex,
Can you make it hurt so good???

Jeff,
I really only want to add a drum/thickness sander to the arsenal. My main goal has been to get the shop ready and improve my skills as to be able to make that flag case. Now that the shop is (for the most part) set, I now have the added pressure of doing justice to your gift of wood for that project!!! However, I have a plan. I will make 2 flag cases at once. Test cuts and setups will be made with sacrificial oak flooring, before the real wood hits the blade!!! I’ll just need to find a worthy recipient of the “practice” flag case. Well, that’s the plan at least!!!

-- 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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JL7

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#7 posted 08-19-2013 12:42 AM

No question the drum sander is a cool addition and quite useful…...just don’t let that stop you…....there is always one more tool you’ll want.

Good thinking on making a mock up flag case first. Don’t need a drum for that! Just trying to say, that using the tools you have now will help to define the tools (you think) you still need…...

BTW – caught this video today….looks like a cool project for the scrollsaw…....especially a NICE DeWalt DW788 type 1 20” Variable Speed Scroll Saw...

Edit – link isn’t working – try this LINK

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 08-19-2013 12:47 AM

Randy, It’s been said before: YOU SUCK!
Congrats on robbing some poor old fellow.
I saw your drum sander on Tulsa CL tonight but a little far for you to travel.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Gary

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#9 posted 08-19-2013 12:57 AM

SUCK SUCK SUCK….BIG TIME SUCK
You should feel guilty
Nice catch

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 08-19-2013 02:26 AM

Jeff,
I’m not waiting on the drum sander. That will just be added to the long shop to-do-list!
I checked out that video link. that is a great project, except that….
I don’t know how to spell “Tony Stewart” or “Jeff Gordon”! Have you any other ideas???

Andy,
The seller has been offering ALL his tools & machines for 25% – 33% of new retail!!! I was just the next lucky recipient!!! He was selling his “mansion” and buying a condo locally and another condo in Florida! He was anything but poor!!!

Gary,
Please read my reply to Andy!!!
I simply paid the price he asked!!!

-- 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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Dave

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#11 posted 08-20-2013 11:26 PM

Randy you have caught another good catch.
Now,
Once you get that wonderful piece of furniture cranked out of you shop it will start a fire in your heart to do more. You will find yourself putting off other needs just to get in the shop and work.
Its there you just need a kick start.
So what I need you to do is find a small project for a gift for your mother due by Christmas.
Now
What to build?
What to build it out of?
and you know the due date.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 08-21-2013 01:47 AM

Dave,
Did you read my first blog entry???

This is exactly the ”Swift kick in the A$$!!!”, that I need (& asked for). You hit the nail on the head, as far as my plan. I’m going to knock out a few “quick” projects, then start working on my mother’s gift. A flag display case for my father’s burial flag. The wood for the case was generously gifted to me by none other than fellow LJ member, Stumpy Saloon patron and “Wood Worker Extraordinaire”, Jeff (LJ7). He sent me some beautiful birdseye maple and granadillo.

I’m just hoping to do his gift justice!!!

-- 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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Dave

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#13 posted 08-21-2013 12:09 PM

You will!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 08-21-2013 10:53 PM

I’ll give it my best effort.
Thanks, for the vote of confidence!!!

-- 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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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 08-31-2013 01:49 PM

Nice score Randy….

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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