Spent the majority of yesterday driving to towns around Omaha to look at and pick up some much needed new to me equipment.
First trip of the morning was out to Lincoln, Ne – Home of Delayne Peck – to take a look at a Grizzly bench top mortiser. The guy that met me in the driveway was incredibly nice. He explained that the equipment was actually part of an estate, and belonged to one of his very good friends. He was helping his friend’s widow sell it all off. All of the equipment was very nice. I ended up taking the mortiser home for a great price.
It was strange, but I felt like I was doing a good thing – buying this tool and putting it to good use in my shop. I know if I passed I would want to see all of my things go to people that would appreciate them.
A little later in the afternoon I heard back from a guy in Glenwood, IA about a jointer. Back in the truck and on the road again. It was really cool to see the guy’s farm and shop. He even let me borrow a trailer to haul it home since there was no way we were lifting it into the back of the pickup.
It’s a little crusty in spots, and the blades need sharpened. But it sounds great when it runs, and the tables are flat and free of rust. Going to try and sharpen the blades up today – new blades at our local woodworking shop were $116 for a set – ridiculous! If I can’t sharpen them myself I’ll take them to the local saw sharpening place after work on Monday.
Now I need to figure out where everything fits and focus on getting the garage cleaned up and organized before winter gets here.
-- - Steve Campbell