Tool gloat ... of a sort

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 03-17-2011 03:30 PM 1656 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday had a Delta 22-560 planer show up on Craigslist for $50, so after a call and drive out to New Caney, I became the proud owner.

It’s been sitting in the shop, unused, for quite some time, and has a go of rust on it along with some general attention required, but at that price it’s what I expect.


A while back someone had an entry about what type of shop you could put together for X amount of money. To date I’ve spent around $1000 American and have acquired the following (in order of purchase): 10” Jet contractor TS ($400), Freud router ($180), 17” Crafstman drill press with Rockler drill press table and stops ($175), Delta 14” band saw circa 1960 ($150), Delta 6” jointer ($100), and now the planer for $50.

If the progression continues, my next major power tool (a lathe), will cost only $20. Right?

There are any number of hand tools that I still want to have for projects down the road, and a DC unit that doesn’t consist of my shop vac, but all in all, a nice set of tools that serve this hobbyist just fine.

Now I’m off for another cup of coffee and a bit of time to contemplate the next steps in my restoration (probably limited) of the planer, then off to the “Y” before heading to a pub for a day spent playing Irish traditional music. Just remember – Irish beer ain’t green!

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 04:34 PM

So you are the one that snatched that. Good score!

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 05:06 PM


Just finished some quality time on it. A go of rust on the risers, and wasp and dirt dauber nests in some of the chassis. Definitely have to replace the blades, but the rest of the workings is good and some wd40 and steel wool have the lifts lifting. Probably sometime this weekend I’ll raise the platform and clean the rollers, then next paycheck order the blades.

Meanwhile, I’m off to go play Irish at the Mucky Duck. Cheers!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 05:24 PM

I’m on a similar quest to build a wood shop on the cheap from Craigslist. There’s something about restoring old tools that connects you to them in a way that taking one out of a box misses.

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 01:17 AM

Nice gloat!! How does she plane?

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 03:58 AM

I paid 5 bucks for my old rockwell lathe at a yard sale without a motor, then 8-10 months later picked up a new 200 dollar motor at an estate sale for a buck. With the cost of the one pulley and belt, I thing that I have less than 15 bucks in it and it runs great.

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 06:27 AM

Matt – won’t know for a couple of weeks at least. I’m guessing another five – ten hours of cleaning up and all, then ordering the new blades, replacing them, etc., so at least two eeks or so, but for my needs it should do fine. Until then, I wait and plan.

Daivd – yes, and gives you a better understanding of the tool in question.

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 09:37 PM

pics, or it didn’t happen…

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