I went into the Potter’s House in Fayetteville just to kill some time while the wife was at her Doctor appointment. The Potter House is a resale store who’s proceeds go to charity. I’m not even sure who gets the benefit from the sales. But, anyway they had a old table top that was a restaurant booth at some time. It was glued up oak about 4’ long x 3’ wide and 1 1/2” thick. They had it marked for $5.75 and why I didn’t buy it right then is beyond me.
Well, I went back the next week just to buy that table and when headed to the back were it was I spotted this old Craftsman belt sander. Being in the need of a sander I stopped to take a look at it. They had it marked at $69.75. One of the young guys that work there came over to see if I needed any help and I asked him if it even ran. He wasn’t sure, so he hunted up an extension cord and plugged it in. I hit the switch and she rattled to life! I turned it off and asked him if that price was firm, and without even giving him the chance to answer I made a face and then made the commit “Man there is a lot of stuff missing”. He didn’t want to miss a nibbling fish and came right back at that commit with a counter offer of $50. Again I made the face and repeated myself “Man it sure is missing a lot”, and then made a counter offer of $30 bucks. He shuffled his feet a little and jumped right back with $40 and the statement “Hey, the motor is worth $40”. I had to agree with that an asked if he would help me load it.
It sure isn’t anything pretty but, it does run. As soon as I got it home I started checking the bearings and anything else I could think of and came to the conclusion, Hey the motor was worth the $40 bucks! I didn’t take a picture of it until I had already replaced the sanding belt so you don’t get to see the 2” wide belt that was on it. Any way after deciding it was at least worth putting a belt on it I figured what the heck, I might be able to fix her up a little after all. I will try to update the rebuild weekly if I can.
Oh, I didn’t forget the table top. They had marked it down to $3.75.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for follow-ups!
Commits please! It was worth at least $40 bucks, wasn’t it?
-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!