“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???
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!