So, it finally occurred to me that I should be looking to Craigslist for used tool deals. It’s not like I didn’t know I should. Sometimes, it takes more twacks from the two-by-four. I live in a rural area, in the middle of nowhere, equidistant from anything important. It took a bit of search engine extortion to get listings for my fair little cow country. The best deal was a Makita Model 5008NBA 8-1/4” Circular Saw (less blade) for twenty-five bucks: No...
How I approach Craigslist So, if you have hung around LJ’s enough, you have all probably gotten used to seeing craigslist forums and hearing craigslist references. I am a pretty devout craigslist user and have come to realize what an interesting source it is for buying, selling, and trading. Craigslist is sort of like one of those girlfriends you have that bothers you a lot of the time, but every once in a while totally redeems herself. I’ll explain. I have bought three major tools on c...
As I’ve said before, I am super new to woodworking. As in i haven’t done a woodworking specific project yet, just home improvement type things. So in my quest for tools I decided a Shopsmith would be the best bang for my buck to start out with. After watching Craigslist for a month or so I found a sweet deal on a used Shopsmith with several extra goodies. I wound up paying $675 for everything. It had a little rust, but I’ve taken care of that for the most part (still need to...
So I was doing my normal search on CL in the 3 cities I live closest to like I do almost every night. Well I remembered I’m going to Wichita Tuesday for work why not look there so I did, nothing came of it so I was board and just typed in Table Saw, I already have one but you never know what might pop up. Good thing I did!!!! The INCRA miter gauge is what I wanted! So I emailed asking if he’d sell it w/o the saw, $60 INCRA 1000SE I’ll pick it up Tuesday if nothing is b...
Today I found (on craigslist) a free Craftsman Radial Arm saw. It’s the electronic kind with a digital readout for height/bevel/angle (not sure if I’ll trust it) and it was in very good shape. It needs a new table and fence (don’t they all?!) and some lubrication but the blade is nice and sharp and it’s not rusty or thrashed. I’ve seen people selling these for $75 that were beat up and rusty with missing parts. Best of all, I remembered something from a few ye...
Today while browsing through Craigslist for a planer, I happened on a listing for a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw which I’ve always wanted to add to my arsenal of tools. When I read the ad and looked at the pictures, the price just didn’t seem right. I’ve seen ads where the person didn’t pay much attention to what they were typing and left off a 1 in front of the price so this seemed like one of those ads. I decided to call and see so the curiosity would not drive me batty....
so a few days ago i posted about a dust collector i saw on craigslist. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23206 despite having a relatively small shop space, i felt like getting one was a (literally) healthy move on my part, plus it’s something i can grow into with new tool purchases etc. and less time sweeping means more time for projects! anyway, i went to this guys house, got talking, and we settled on $150 for the DC with assorted ducts and gates etc. i mention i only have a few to...
So I was looking around CL for stuff that I don’t have the need or room for and came accross a listing for (2) armloads of wood for $1 a piece. Was suppose to include some pine, dowels, and other misc. small pieces, birdhouse stuff. I went out and check out the wood piles they had for sale, a bunch of random stuff, that I’ll go back tomorrow and sort through some more. She told me take a look inside the garage also, as this was all her fathers stuff and they were trying to sort...
I’d love to get these, but conifers don’t really call to me like the angiosperms. The wood is usually soft and sappy, and I grew up surrounded by pine. It’s what everything decorative and utilitarian was made from, so I’m a little burned out on it. Now these, they call to me through sheer size. I think most of that is 3’ diameter or better. I’d love to have a nice portable band mill and a flatbed, and an MS 880 STIHL Magnum™ Chain Saw with a 59 inch guid...
I learned what a Chinese elm is 1 year and 10 days ago, and blogged about it here. A friend told me she had read about a very old one that had fallen on someone’s car during high winds the day before. It turned out to be only a 10 minute drive from work, which is where I was reading the email. At lunch I headed over, found the crushed truck on the side of the road, but the tree was already gone. Since then I’ve seen Chinese elms all over my area, and they are wild looking, beautif...
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