Lost and Found #2: Planer

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Blog entry by digitalwood posted 07-11-2012 08:58 PM 1221 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And the purge continues… then stops.

More cleaning and rearranging in the upstairs storage. Ran across my old Craftsman 12-1/2” planer.


I remember getting this for $75, then a few days later a Woodmaster 718 showed up on Craigslist, so this little benchtop unit was relegated to storage until the next garage sale and forgotten. I plugged it in and fired it up. Still working great. Electric stuff is so much better than gas stuff if you have to store it. I planed a bunch of the narrow Maple lumber that I sliced up from the log last year. These were leftovers and off sizes from the log edges. This little planer can’t take as deep of cut as the Woodmaster, but for quickly planing a single board in the middle of a project, it’s a whole lot easier to deal with than my big machine. I hate to take out the big machine and hook it up unless there is a stack of lumber from the sawmill to plane down before use or sale. It’s best to have both sizes. And with the storage unit shelves for the benchtop machines (planer, grinder, etc.), it’s easier to keep this handy for quick jobs.

What didn’t survive the latest clearup? A case of PC keyboards, two dozen, brand new. Since they are PS/2 style instead of USB, they are not much use to anyone. But they will go to Goodwill and maybe someone can use one. I also seem to have two extra chainsaws than I thought I had. A 14” baby trim chainsaw, and an electric 16” chainsaw. Neither of which I have any use for and cannot remember getting. Those will go back on Craiglist. That will give me some money for some Incra accessories for my tablesaw fence!

Sigh! Eight feet in and 24’ feet to go. It’s like mining. But tonight will be for making a few signs instead of cleaning.

-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.

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