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 years..so 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 laminator..so 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 bag..platen..work horses..tons of figured veneer (tiger maple) but wait..there’s more.. I quickly responded to the post telling her I would take it..cash..she was selling the whole scheebang for 295..I drove 100 miles (1 way) and when I got there..it 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 her..it’s been way to long since I have had lady luck smile on me..and I’m very grateful for the find..
-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/