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!