So a friend of mine found out I was getting into woodworking. Well, it turns out his father-in-law had given him some tools because he thought that he needed a hobby. He told me that woodworking is just not his kind of hobby and he brought the tools over to my house and gave them to me. They’ve just been sitting unused in his basement for a few years and they are cleaning out the basement to make extra rooms. I was overwhelmed, to say the least, at what he gave me.
Craftsman 137.248850 Table Saw:
Now, before you start whining about how crappy Craftsman tools have become over the past few years, let me tell you that even though I’ve read all that, this table saw is like gold to me, I tell you, pure gold! This is something I would not have been able to purchase for a very long time and you know what they say about table saws being the heart of the workshop and all and that it should be the first tool you buy. Well, it didn’t work out that way for me. My level of happiness about this table saw right now is equal to that of someone who just bought a $3000 Powermatic or something. It’s all relative.
I put 3 inches of scrap wood underneath it so that I could use my worktable as an outfeed table. I will probably make something a little more permanent later on.
There was a plywood/OSB 200 tooth blade installed and a brand new 32 tpi carbide tipped rip/crosscut blade I guess that originally came with the saw. I put the 32 tpi blade on since I’ve never seen the plywood blades before on any videos I’ve watched.
Ridgid DP15501 Drill Press:
This thing is almost as tall as me. It’s heavy too.
Both tools work just fine. I drilled and cut some test pieces. I’ve read both manuals for both and spent some time today checking and aligning the table saw blade, splitter, and fence. I’ve already got a bunch of ideas floating around in my head for things I can build now.
It’s been amazing so far how I’ve been supported in my woodworking venture by people close to me and people I’ve never even met before. When I first got started I prayed that God would send some tools my way so that I could have an outlet for severe work-related stress. That prayer has been answered at least 5 times so far.
-- Cliff. Proverbs 16:9