GLOAT Hunting - An Exotic Safari: Bear, Free(K) Teak & More....

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 06-15-2014 04:41 PM 2546 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those that don’t know me….
I’m addicted, due to finances and the thrill, of hunting for gloat worthy Craigslist scores. Yesterday, I set out on an expedition to “Bag Me A Big One”....

My sights were set on three different potential prey. The vehicle was fueled with petrol and I with caffeine. My journey would encompass traveling from the northwest corner of Vermont, down to the southern tip and then back up to central Vermont, a 350+ mile round trip.

My first stop (B on the map, A is home) was to be way down south, a 2.5 – 3.0 hour affair….
That is until my GPS decided to make it a 4.0 hour ordeal!!! Yeah, technology really proved beneficial, NOT!!!

I’ll return to the results of my first stop a bit later. The horrific travel memories are too fresh to rehash at the moment. Suffice it to say, the hunt was successful….

During my arduous trip, I stopped in to one of our “Vermont Welcome Centers”. Yeah, I needed a few more Mountain Dews, as fellow Ljer, Bandit had stolen all of mine!!! While there I snapped a picture of some “Vermont Woodwork” on display….

Onto “Map Site C”....
I made this stop, in response to a CL add posted in the “FREE” category. I like free, who doesn’t? The “seller” had what he called miscellaneous pieces of teak, free for the taking. Sign me up!!! The pieces were sitting around, cluttering up his shop for several years. What I got were the remnants of outdoor furniture parts. Parts is parts, so I was pleased to relieve him of his clutter. He also decided to throw in the hunk of mahogany, on the right. Did I mention the word FREE?

Hunt #2 successful….

A 45 minute trip to “Map Site D”, found me traversing mountain roads to the town of Bolton. That is the home of “Bolton Valley” ski resort. A place I have skied many a time. As a matter of fact, I blew out my knee there!!! A bad landing, after getting about 15’ of “air”!!! Can you say OUCH???

At the base of the mountain, I met a home owner, a builder really, as he is building his rather large house. Not only is he building it, he is also milling all the lumber for that build, in his basement woodshop. I didn’t get any pictures of the shop or stairway that he milled and built out of Jatoba (also called “Brazilian Cherry”), but it is stunning!!! He happened to be selling the remainder of his Jatoba stash. It was mostly all 8/4 thick, 22” wide and about 16’ in length. Besides the fact that I did not have room to transport it all, my wallet was also a little thin!!! I ended up leaving with a little more than 40bft of 8/4 Jatoba @ $4.00 a BFT!!! I felt that was a great price. What say you???

Hunt #3 Successful….

Let’s retrace my steps back to “Map Site B”, my initial hunting grounds. To arrive at the “Happy Hunting Ground”, I ended up traveling along many a mile of dirt roads. I hate dirt roads…. what with the dust or mud as the case was, the ruts and “washboard” rumbling. I arrived at my destination eager with anticipation, of acquiring what could be my LAST MAJOR machine purchase. Yeah, like that statement could ever be true!!! I was told that my targeted prey was out in the barn. Maybe this picture should be in the “Interesting Barn” thread, elsewhere on this site….

Be veeewy, veeewy quite…. I’m hunting Grizzly!!!
My heart started to race…. with the anticipation of “Bagging A Big One”.... could also have been the Mountain Dews!!!

Do you see it, Just inside the door??? Careful, don’t get too close…. you may spook it!!!
That there my friends, is a Grizzly G0458: 18” Open End Drum Sander!!!

Price: $850.00
Freight: $99.00
Your Price: $949.00

I called the seller on Monday, one hour after the CL add had been posted. I was the first response to that add. That is the secret to scoring gloat worthy CL deals….BE THE 1st TO RESPOND!!!

The Object of My Affections….

With my work schedule and the traveling distance, I told him that Saturday would be my first opportunity to scope out my potential prey. He agreed to hold it until my arrival and he is a man of his word!!! He said that he purchased it three years ago, used it for a year or so, then put it “to pasture”, err into storage. He wasn’t able to sand the full 18” width and felt it was underpowered. That or he tried to take too big of a bite. I looked over the machine… ignoring the usual dust, it looked in fair to good shape, not abused at all. I had read a bunch of reviews, both here on LJs and elsewhere, so I knew of the “tracking issues” with the feed belt and decided not to let that diminish my evaluation. He plugged in the machine, I played with some adjustments and settings…. He turned it on…. All system go!!!!

I removed the sander from it’s base and with a helping hand, from a friend of the seller, we placed the sander in my vehicle… With “Hunt #1” Done & Successful, I was on my way to Central Vermont….

Oh yeah, with all the excitement, I almost forgot the gloat worthy part….
After I loaded and secured the sander, the seller secured payment….
I handed over crisp $20.00 bills, one at a time….
I would go on, but you get the point….
That & I stopped counting at 10, for a Total Purchase Price of $200.00!!!

I hope you enjoyed following me along my journey. I’ll leave you to judge the “Gloat Worthiness” of these Craigslist finds….
This has been a long enough rambling…. Besides, I need to go surf Craigslist for the next deal….

-- 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 06-15-2014 05:23 PM

That’s a gloat-worthy day, and nicely presented.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 05:26 PM

Well, you definitely earned a YOU SUCK! on this one…....That’s some good scores for sure…..I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the Teak and Jatoba end grain cutting boards that are sure to come out of this hoard…...

Will be interested to hear how the sander works out…, quit strokin’ your new wood and get to work!!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 05:39 PM

You had a good trip. Now let’s see additions to the project page. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 05:41 PM

great score son
(you take after the old man i see)

worth the trip for sure
and the price was right for all this too

at least you didn’t drive thru downtown dallas
like i had to from my GPS
when i went to the memorial

looks like you got the makings of some chairs there
a couple of 16D nails
and you should be able to sit and procrastinate again

-- 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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#5 posted 06-15-2014 07:00 PM

Randy you Suck , congrads ,i just bought the same one and so far its been great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 07:12 PM

Mr. Wood,
Or would you prefer Mr. Butcher???
Thanks for confirming my suspicions. Glad that you were able to comprehend and enjoy my ramblings!!!

The whole reason for wanting the drum sander is to make end grain cutting boards. But have no fear….
I won’t be rivaling you expertise at precision. At least not immediately!!!
Now then, to pick your brain if I may….
What wood do you suggest to compliment/contrast the teak &/or jatoba???

I will post projects!!! However, I must adhere to the “LJ Project Posting” regulatory policies.
In that all projects posted must be “completed” projects….
That could take ME a while!!!

Yes, a worth while trip indeed.
I’ve never driven in Dallas….
But I did have a layover at the airport, en route from Tucson to Vermont by way of Chicago….
How’s that for GPS mapping???

I’m not sure if there are enough of the right pieces to make a bench….
but I will procrastinate, err think about what I can do with the teak.

It is good to hear that you are satisfied with your G0458!!!
Have you had any of the conveyor feed belt tracking issues?
I’m looking into converting the drum into “Hook & Loop”.
Have you looked into or done that?

-- 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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#7 posted 06-15-2014 07:13 PM


-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#8 posted 06-15-2014 07:14 PM

I own one of those sanders and it works REALLY well for me! I use it mostly to sand end grain cutting boards but have also used it to thickness sand a piece or two.
Enjoy and PLEASE use a dust collector on it!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#9 posted 06-15-2014 07:31 PM

Very cool trip report, Randy. Congrats on all the goodies.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 06-15-2014 07:52 PM

Randy i havent use it long enough to say much on the tracking but so far it been good, thought about the hook and loop but there are two schools of thought on it so far the ways its set up works great ,get a eraser for the paper ,and when you set it up in the shop make sure you can get some footage on the outside feed and the infeed side ,David helped me set it up and that makes it a lot easier to use and work longer lumber

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 06-15-2014 09:32 PM

Great score, Randy. True what you say about being the first to respond… the truly great deals don’t last long.

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

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#12 posted 06-15-2014 09:52 PM

It was a HOOT!!!

I’m happy that yours is working well for you. It gives me a little more confidence that mine will perform the same.
End grain cutting boards are slated to be run through my machine….
While being hooked up to my HF 2HP DC with Thien separator!!! Gotta save the lungs!!!

My machine came with several rolls of extra sandpaper….
The “Hook & Loop” conversion will be a ways off. But for the price, I think it a wise investment.
Already on my shopping list are another few “erasers”!!!
Do you have pictures of your in/out feed??? I do want to design/build something to make longer boards more manageable and avoid any “snipe”.

Maybe, just maybe, I can get Dad (David) to visit me & help me do the same to my machine!!! ;^)

Thank you & thank you.
During my trip, I crossed a line….
That line being the VT/NY boarder, as I drove along route 22-A.
Where were you??? I didn’t see you!!!

So true, so true…. Great deals vanish quickly. That is why I try to search CL 3-5 times a day….
All in the hopes of “Bagging the BIG one”!!!

-- 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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#13 posted 06-15-2014 10:01 PM

Whoop Whoop!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 06-15-2014 10:06 PM

Randy – of course good ole’ Hard Maple wood be my first choice for contrast, but Cherry wood work too…...and of course, sometimes just using one wood is cool also, the Jatoba will have a VERY distinct end grain and you can do some neat things with that…....the most important thing…....just try one!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 06-15-2014 10:37 PM

Right back at ya!!!

I was thinking maple also, which I have…. and I’ve some cherry too!!!
Of course, cutting board design ideas will be bouncing around my empty, swollen head….
Do you use any “cutting board design” software??? You come up with fantastic designs!!!

I will be making a board or two, relatively quickly (for me at least).
I just need to do a few things first….
Finish a few clocks, that are in the works….
Find my self a new job….
& most importantly, shake my propensity for PROCRASTINATION!!! ;^)

-- 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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