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!
-- Steph, Phoenix