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Blog entry by RBWoodworker posted 10-22-2009 05:01 PM 1245 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok.. Now I have posted a few times in regards to vacuum pumps and stuff.. And the responses have been great and helpful.. I recently found a commercial grade vacuum pump that was suppose to get a whopping 17cfm which is way overkill. I met with the gentleman who upon arriving at the meet spot we agreed upon, informed me that for some reason the pump stopped working.. Now I’m pretty handy having worked in a maintenance dept for a few I thought no biggie..I will rebuild it myself.. Ya..riiiight!.. 500 buck to buy the rebuild kit.. So basically all I got out of that pump was a new Baldor 1hp motor.. Btw..I paid 50 bucks for the whole pump..

Now for the shocking part.. I was surfing around craigslist looking for woodworking stuff of course and there was a posting for a vakuum I casually looked it the post then scrolled down to look at the pictures.. This person was selling a gast 5cfm pump..with water separator, control box..regulator..hoses..table..20mm heavy poly horses..tons of figured veneer (tiger maple) but wait..there’s more.. I quickly responded to the post telling her I would take was selling the whole scheebang for 295..I drove 100 miles (1 way) and when I got was this really sweet little old lady who’s husband passed a year ago and she was moving.. She not only gave me all the stuff I listed..she gave me all his veneer hand tools..veneer knives..straight edges..countersinks.. Drafting tables..this really cool veritas bow used to transfer curves to your workpiece..lumber..dozuki saws..rolls of plastic..glues…finishes..copper sheeting..brass sheetings.. Dowel rods..a really high end veneer caliper.. And I can’t even list all the other stuff..I completely filled my van..I expressed how grateful I was and that this stuff would be in good hands and will be taken care of and offered to pay her more..she would not accept any more money..and actually thanked me for taking it saying it would make her not having to pack up all this stuff easier on’s been way to long since I have had lady luck smile on me..and I’m very grateful for the find..

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 05:35 PM

Wow! You lucky dog…. you really stumbled on to one there.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 06:16 PM

WOW!! What a great find. It’s nice to hear that you at least offered to pay more for it. Make sure to post some pics of the setup once you get it all set up.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 06:16 PM

You know… We are all very jealous of you right now. Lady Luck definitely smiled down on you with this one. Post some pictures of the stuff if you get a chance. I know I would love to see what you hauled in….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 06:17 PM

Randall, that is a great buy off Craigslist. You helped her out by taking all this stuff off her hands and I am sure she is glad that another woodworker is going to be able to use the tools and wood that her husband acquired over the years.

Great story.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 06:22 PM

Good news Randy

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 06:45 PM

Lay all that haul out some where and get a picture for us will ya…. lol

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 07:27 PM

no pics…. didnt happen! :)

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 08:03 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 10:32 PM

great score man

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 10-23-2009 12:19 AM

This if faith my good man, someone is watch over you and that nice gentlemen wears. Now put it all to good use and have fun posting all the great projects. Blkcherry

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#11 posted 10-23-2009 02:41 AM

Fantastic! Congratulations on the huge haul and the good luck.

Now you have to find a place for it all :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#12 posted 10-23-2009 02:49 AM

Wow! Nice!

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#13 posted 10-23-2009 07:18 AM

Nice find. This is going to happen to a lot of our tools. After we die the sweet little old lady that were married to is going to have a big yard sale or give it away. Kinda bothers me now but I guess it wont then.


-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#14 posted 10-23-2009 07:59 AM

Seams like we should give it all away before we assume room temperature.

You really lucked out RBW. Enjoy!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 10-23-2009 02:42 PM

Hey Randy;

Seems to me you were past due on some good luck coming your way. It appears to have been well worth the wait.

Poor guy though, that passed away. I guess it’s like one of the LJ’s said one time… His biggest fear was that his wife would sell his stuff, for the price he told her he paid for it.

Well, have fun.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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