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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 05-12-2012 06:47 PM 1451 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whoooo Hoooo. Town wide yard sales in nearby city. Got there LATE, but I was a happy camper by noon ! I was sent with instuctions (from wife) to find a bicycle helmet for youngest granddaughter. The first place I stopped I bought a picture frame for $1., second place CAST IRON legs for table (old sewing machine legs,only larger) then I found this. OLD DELTA table Saw and jointer. The COMBO unit. 3/4 motor, lady said her husband passed away and didn’t need it. I asked how much….....$20. COULD any of you say NO. Her son helped load it. He told me his dad built 3 houses on this street with that saw. A bit of rust remover and It will look great. I do have Large Table Saw in shop so under powered will not be a problem. I will put this in trailer just to have portable saw and jointer at work sites (for me) . Did find a router and table for $15. Evey thing finishes at 1pm. I still needed the helmet. Asked at every “Kids clothing sites”, told them the story, one person suggested I go to KID R us , buy one and Gandma would never know. FINALLY found a yard, little dresses, cosutumes, and MY HELMET I was sent to get. Truck full of my CRAP and her helmet. GOOD DAY had by ALL.

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

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 07:15 PM

Love it when things like this falls into your lap!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 07:38 PM

Not sure if I should congratulate you more on the saw or the helmet :) Because I know you wouldn’t enjoy that saw if you came back without what you were sent out for in the first place ;)

Good find on both!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 08:43 PM

yea baby…...nice find. Glad you found the helmet!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 09:10 PM

+10 On the helmet. Over the years my kids have destroyed at least three. Helmets prevent a lot of pain. -Jack

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 11:03 PM

Great story and nice find.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 12:00 AM

I was given a saw a few years back just like that one worked fine for what i was doing. After a year or so it got to the point where I couldn’t keep the table level. So I bought a new one I miss that saw some times…...................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 01:58 AM

I bought that same saw new in 1955 and I still use it. It is not in the shop because I don’t have room for it. I keep it in the barn and use it to rip down rough lumber before I move it into the shop. The 3/4 HP motor with the 8” blade slices through 5/4 red oak so smoth I sometimes think it is a unisaw. I have the same base but I never did pick up the jointer for mine.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 02:12 AM

Hope you enjoy it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 05-13-2012 05:22 AM

I bought that a very similar saw last year. I took time to restore the saw but left the joiner alone. It has some nice power and little vibration after I replaced the bearings and got a lock belt.

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#10 posted 05-13-2012 01:39 PM

Spent last night cleaning, tightening screws and waxing my saw top. Then I cut a board just to see how it worked. I was impressed. The jointer needed some back table adjustments to make it cut straight . I am going to buy an auxillary paddle switch, this one is mounted on side of saw under work area. I can see this being awkward. I have not put the jointer fence back on till I finish waxing, it also need a screw redone to hold fence at angles.
I woke up this morning feeling guilty that I only paid $20. But then I thought, SHE set the price I did not even try to get a deal, HER sons were there, if they thought it was to low I am certain they would have told her when I walked to get my truck. MAYBE it was her way of just “PAYING FORWARD”. I did say THANKYOU !

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

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#11 posted 05-20-2012 04:45 AM

Do not feel bad CHIP CANADIAN, REMEMBER THAT THE TOOLS SHOULD NOT rust in a shed, BUT SHOULD continue to be used ;-0
AND HAVE GOOD LUCK :-))))))))))


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