My first restoration #1: My first tool gloat.........Sorry. And first blog series.

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Blog entry by armylogger posted 05-17-2011 04:54 AM 1132 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So today I drive take a short drive from my home to see a jointer that was on sale on craigslist for $50. I’m thinking it’s gonna be a piece of crap but I had nothing else to do today so I figured “why not”. I get there and I am amazed! It’s an OLD craftsman 6” jointer. It’s not in too bad of a shape. Just needs a little TLC and a little paint. So after seeing the jointer and telling the man that I want it, I am just shooting the bull with the man selling his tools and I see an old craftsman table saw sitting off to the side. I mention to the man that I would like to have a table saw like that one day because I love the old tools. He tells me that it was given to him by an old friend of his and that was all that was said about the saw.

I ended up staying and chatting with the man for 2 1/2 hours. That was a very interesting visit. So it finally comes time for me to leave and I tell him good bye. As I’m walking to my truck he stops me and asks If I want the old table saw also. I told him “yes I do, but I don’t have anymore cash on me”. His response was, “I said do you want the table saw, not would you like to buy it. I am going to give it to you if you want it”. I thought my heart was going to leap out of my chest or just come to a complete stop. I could not believe it. HE JUST GAVE IT TO ME!!!!! And there is nothing wrong with it! We turned it on at his house. He showed me that it worked and everything. I am so glad that we talked for as long as we did. I am, to say the least, ecstatic! I made a new friend today and go 2 of the best tools that I have in my shop. I have already taken the table saw apart and started removing the rust from it so I can restore it and make it look pretty. Sorry I don’t have any pictures on here yet, but they are soon to come. I plan on restoring both the table saw AND the jointer to make them look nice. As I said, they both are in working condition, although the jointer has a good bit of pitting on one said of the bed. But for only $50 plus the fact that he GAVE me the table saw also, I am not complaining in the least bit. The only part of the saw that needs paint is the outside. The inards are still in perfect condition and virtually rust free. So I will be busy for the next few weekends. As lond as the mississippi river doesn’t flood and I have to go throw sand bags and evacuate the people of south Louisiana. I know this was kinda long, but I am just so happy that I like to go into detail so people can get the full affect of how I felt today. Stay tuned for pictures and the restoration process.

-- Of all the people I have met in my life, you are one of them!

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 05:22 AM

What a wonderful find in both the new friend and the tools

-- Norman

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 05:24 AM

Way to go!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 06:17 AM

Man, a real hardy congrats to you. Looking forward to the pic’s

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 06:17 AM

Good score.
I restored a 50/60s vintage 4” craftsman jointer a few months ago. It took minimal effort to get it into servicable condition and it now works like a champ. Way better than any of the plastic/been can stuff they sell these days. Of course, I do wish I had the 6” model for the longer bed. That will probably be my next restore project if I can score one for a good price.
In case you didn’t already know, should have most of the intellectual resources you’ll need to get the jointer up-to-speed.
I also have a vintage 8” craftsman tablesaw. I bought it, basically in perfect condition, for $40. Really nothing to restore. Being a 60ish year old tool, it has its share of design flaws. But most are easy to overcome. Its a bit small and has a 1/2” arbor. But its funny how addictive and charming these old beaters can be. Despite its shortcomings, I don’t ever see myself giving her up. First off, I’d never get more than $50 for it. I’d just assume keep it rather than sell it for peanuts. Second, with no measurable run-out and a good crosscut sled, she works well enough to become a dedicated cross-cut machine.

As far as the seller’s generousity is concerned. I’m sure it made him feel REALLY good to hook-up a brave American fighting boy like you with a good tablesaw. I experienced A LOT of gracious acts after I came home from the USMC in 2004. I don’t think I paid full-price for anything for about 2 years. LOL. I remember being at a restaurant, and some unknown dude told my waiter to bring him MY check. The people in this country are truly worth fighting for (and not just for a free burger).
As a result of so much good will and appreciation toward my service, i try to do the same these days. I donate the proceeds of just about anything I sell on Craigslist to Wounded Warrior or Navy/USMC Relief.
Of course, maybe youre military status had nothing to do with it. Maybe it was your striking looks and charming personality. LOL. Either way, it was a great buy.
Thanks for your service.

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 06:37 AM

I feel ya! I have found that giving and receiving are a big part of woodworking; there is never a shortage of experience, education, hand-me-downs, hand-ups, great deals, new friends, tips, tricks, pointers…

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 12:26 PM


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 12:45 PM

Good buy. Those older tools are great. Taking the time to talk to that gentlemen probably meant more than you think. Great to hear there are good people in this world. One good deed done, time to pass it forward !

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

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 02:01 PM

Good story and nice gloat! Maybe you could make the man a nice keepsake box with some inscription on the bottom? Looking forward to seeing some pics soon. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, and thank you for your service.

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 02:09 PM

Woodworkers are great and kind people. Pay it forward.

Thanks for posting.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 04:20 PM

Well that is great .
A few years ago I helped a lady move after selling her house and she gave me a 10” craftman mitersaw and a rotor table with a few bits said she bought it for a boyfriend that she broke up with and she didn’t know how to use it both was used very little. still in original boxes.

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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