My Lucky Day!!!

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Blog entry by Steph78 posted 08-28-2010 07:14 AM 1681 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at work the other day showing some of the guys the bean bag boards I made and one of them was like “so are you into woodworking”? I said yes and I showed him some more pics of the stuff Ive made and then he asked if I wanted or needed anymore tools? Of course I said yes and he said ” ok come by tomorrow and if you like or want any of the stuff I have you can have all of it. HOLY CRAP!!!! I totally freaked out on what he had! If I didn’t just have back to back spine surgeries, the last one only being 5 weeks ago, I would have loaded it all up right then and there before he changed his mind!! So your probably wanting to know what I’m so excited about. Well it was a Grizzly Sander, Ridgid Jointer, Ridgid Band Saw, Ridgid Table Saw, and a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw!!!!!!!!Some people may think these arent great but to me they were the best! The only thing that I could see wrong at the time was a little surface rust. So I met him at his house the next day with another guy from work and they loaded it all up on a trailer, hooked it up to my truck, and off we went to my house! I went out this morning with some WD-40 and Scotch Bright pads and started taking the rust of and giving them all a good wipe down. They cleaned up really good. I need to hit them a couple more times with the Scotch Bright but I ran out of WD-40. I plugged them all in and besides the band saw needing a couple of new belts they all worked perfect!!!! So of course I had to make something cause I was so freaking excited. Its amazing the difference these tools made. Before I got these tools all I had was a Ryobi table saw that was useless! Its one of those really small ones that you have to have like 3 people help you if ou wanted to cut a sheet of plywood cause the top was only about 1sq/ft. Not to mention the fence was so off I could probably cut a better line free handed. So back to what else I had before. I had a jig saw and a router which are both the cheapest models Skil has. The only nice tool I had before these is a DeWalt Miter Saw. That’s what I did almost all my cuts on unless the board was too long of course. I know that the new tools I got arent the best brand out there but to me they are! Compared to what I had before this is like a dream come true! For you few on here that have read any of my entries you know that Ive been waiting to save up money to get some real tools. The only problem with that is that I have been out of work for 4.5 months because of neck surgeries. That has put us so far behind on bills its ridiculous. So the last thing I was gonna be getting anytime soon was new tools. That’s why these are a god send. So I just thought I would post this for a couple of reasons. One that its so freaking awesome I cant believe it and just wanted to tell everyone. The other reason is to let people know stuff like this really happens and to not give up on what you love to do because you may not have the best tooling or get aggravated at times cause you ruin expensive wood cause your tools suck! I’m not one of those people that just gets stuff handed to them. Stuff like this always happens to people around me. I just wanted everyone to know that there are still good people out there and you never know when you might be the lucky one! I’m so grateful for what I was given! I’m going to return the favor by giving someone the stuff I no longer need. I know its not much but it will make someone as happy as I am now! Thanks for checking this out I hope ya’ll enjoyed it! I apologize if the pics are bad. Im still getting the hang of this. Have a great weekend!PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 07:39 AM

That’s great! Its always nice when something good happens to someone who appreciates the good fortune. :)

Out of curiosity, why was the guy giving away his tools? Based on the rust (which should be fixable as you mentioned) I’m guessing he hadn’t used them in some time?

PS. The pictures are great.

-- Gunther, Marietta GA -- So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 08:08 AM

Wow, good for you!
People amaze me sometimes. Why spend $ on all these machines and let them rust out like that?
Have fun cleaning them up and show us the photos.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 08-28-2010 08:30 AM

nice find, look good enough to me

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 08-28-2010 08:36 AM

Dang looks like you hit the lottery man I hope you enjoy those tools and they serve you well for many years to come :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#5 posted 08-28-2010 01:02 PM

Congrats, bet you feel like a real woodworker now. LOL I’m happy for your good fortune its good to see things like this happen. I can’t say that I’ve gotten a tool gloat like yours, but I was fortunate enough to have my last 2 shops provided by the kindness of others, they were both spacious and utilities paid. Enjoy your new toys I wouldn’t be ashamed of what you got either. Once again congrats on your good fortune.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 08-28-2010 02:48 PM

Congratulations! That looks like a great haul of tools, certainly worth a bit o’ elbow grease and WD40 to get them ship shape.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 08-28-2010 05:00 PM

This is truly a great person that did this for you.
(When a person does 1 kind thing for another they are to do 1 nice thing to 3 other people.)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 08-28-2010 05:04 PM

You hit the mother load :-))

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 08-28-2010 05:29 PM

Congrats man. You have truly hit the mother load. I only hear about things like this. Hopefully like it has been said , you can pass it forward. I would like to know why he was getting rid of them.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 08-28-2010 06:10 PM

Hey everyone. Thanks for your feedback and comments!!! The reason he didn’t want them anymore is cause he learned how to weld and got all kinds of metal working tools so he lost interest in woodworking and didn’t have room for alll the tools!!!! Lucky me!!!! Thanks for looking!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#11 posted 08-28-2010 06:29 PM


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 08-28-2010 07:52 PM

This sort of thing restores your faith in human nature. These tools have at last found a good home. Enjoy.
Oh and post the results.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 08-28-2010 08:15 PM

Score!!! :)

-- Tampa-FL

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#14 posted 08-28-2010 08:42 PM

Sweet deal Steph! I haven’t used any of these particular tools, but from what I’ve heard, they all do a really good job. Lots of LJ’s here love their Ridgid tools. That is a once in a lifetime score. Savor it!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 08-28-2010 08:45 PM

waaoow it´s freaking awesome that its not just on L J theese kind of things happens
congrat´s big time from here SUCKER :-)
I hope they will serve you well in the future

take care

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