Gifted again - table saw and drill press

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Blog entry by iamcliff posted 719 days ago 4225 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 719 days ago

Congrats on the tool gloat. You deserve one big official ”YOU SUCK!!!”, Lol.

You must be a good person, to be connected to such a good friend. Now you need to make a project gift , befitting his generosity.

Enjoy your new TS & DP!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 719 days ago

Those are the kind of friends to have,now if I could only find a friend who wants to give away a Saw Stop LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 719 days ago

Like I said, I was overwhelmed. He’s a very good friend and mentor who has encouraged and supported me the past 3 years in my life, marriage, career, and relationship with God. How do you repay this kind of thing? I still don’t know what to think of it all.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#4 posted 719 days ago

I have been gifted like that (by a family member) and I was overwhelmed also. I think all you can do is be a friend and support them when they need it. Don’t try to steal their blessing by turning it into something you owe for. Just take it and be greatful then support them when they need it. You probably have already done that though…..and didn’t know it. You blessed him and he has returned the gift or favor.

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#5 posted 719 days ago

That’s great; free machinery. The drill press looks like it should last you a long time. The table saw is not bad for a starter. I had a cheap black & decker TS years ago and I managed to use it until I decided to buy a bigger TS.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 719 days ago

Yup, Grandpa got it. In addition to being his friend (way more valuable than any gift as we all know), you can honor his gift and make use of the equipment to build your skills. That is why he gave it to you.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#7 posted 719 days ago

Any tool that is safe to use is wonderful to own. Congrats

-- Norman

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#8 posted 718 days ago

That’s the kind of friend to have. I’ll bet he would be thrilled with a nice keepsake box or dresser top valet made with the tools he gave you. That’s how I would thank him.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 718 days ago

SUPER!!! I have the same drill press. You will never need to buy another one.


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#10 posted 718 days ago

Pay it forward…...

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 718 days ago

That is so awesome! What a blessing.

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#12 posted 715 days ago

That looks like one of the better portable saws that Sears sells.
And most folks like that Ridgid drill press.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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