Well..I’ve gone off the deep end..again.. But most people would’nt think a thing of it..
I was on craigslist..again.. And came across a posting for a jointer and misc woodworking tools and machines..now most of you who have searched thru Craigslist know that there’s a ton of crap out there..lol.. Well on this particular post he was showing 2 Rockwell jointers.. An 8” and a 6” commercial.. Nice ones too.. So when I read that they had other machines.I inquired if they had an oscillating spindle sander available..and lo and behold they did. An older State machine..so I asked them for a picture..and when they sent me one..the hairs on the back of my neck rose..it was the same sander (or model) I saw on ebay for 1800 bucks..which was way out of my league.. So I shot them an e mail asking them how much for it.. The came back with 450.. So I e mailed them back and told them I would take it.. Well we went back and forth via e mail on what I did and we talked for awhile.. So the owner sent me an e mail and said he was going to sell me the sander for just 400..not 450..so I raced over and gave him a deposit with the promise to pick it up today.. And I did too.. Boy was I thrilled..it had all the spindles which were 9 or so inches tall.. And the smallest was 1/4”..I have never seen a spindle that small before on an oscillating sander..AND he gave me 3 huge boxes of assorted grit sleeves for all the spindles..must be about 300 in all.. I was thrilled and thanked him profusively.. Now..here’s part 2.. After I picked up the sander..I got a text from another guy off of craigslist who had..a brand spankin new..in the box..unopened.. RBI Hawk 226vs.. Which is a 26” deep throat variable speed scroll saw and said it was all mine for 400 bucks!!.I told him I was on my way NOW..lol..and when I got there the guy was out front waiting for me and after our greetings..he told me how his grandfather owned a shop and passed and he got the saw which his grandfather never had the chance to open or use.. I thanks him for remembering me and selling it to me and he was glad to do it..
I’m done buying machines for now..I hope.. I got everything I need now that I wished I had and now it’s time to really start cranking out pieces to have something to show for it all..
-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/