I check out Craig’s List frequently. My area, Olympic Peninsula, is pretty sparsely populated so it doesn’t usually produce a lot of enticing results for an aspiring woodworker. Predominantly wanna-be sub-contractors finally giving up and unloading air compressors and nail guns or meth heads selling ill-gotten DeWalt combo kits.
The other day I noticed a poster was offering up these three woodworking items:
$100 for the bench, $50 for the scroll saw and $75 for the table saw. The work bench looked like a real bargain and would be nice to have but isn’t a pressing need and would take up valuable shop real estate. The table saw, another real bargain I figured, was a twin to my current saw and it would be cool to have two but again there was the problem of floor space. And, let’s be honest here, it would be hard to slide either one of those in without my bride being instantly aware and start asking awkward questions. Like “how much bench space do you need to make band saw boxes?” and “ did you really need another table saw to pile stuff on?” The scroll saw on the other hand could sit unobtrusively stashed on a cluttered work bench amid coffee cans, cut-offs and Crescent wrenches for a few days until it just blended in to the general chaos. The fact is that I had been keeping an eye out for a scroll saw the last couple months. A little research revealed that it too was a uncommon bargain. (Hegner Multimax)
I waited over a day for the seller to e-mail back a contact number. By the time I got ahold of her she had already given a commitment to some, assuredly, undeserving reprobate. Just to cover the chance that said reprobate didn’t show or passed on the deal, I turned on the charm and finagled an address and appointment.
Of course when I arrived the scroll saw was gone. So was the bench.. The shop was in disarray (I felt right at home), full of packing boxes and household items. I asked if she was selling anything else. I was informed that most of it was going and to go ahead and look around. That’s when I spotted this in the corner (cast iron Craftsman 6×48):
“What about the sander?”
“What do you want for it?”
“Make me an offer.”
“How about 30 bucks?”
I really kind of wanted that scroll saw but my sanding needs have been getting filled with a portable Ryobi 3×21 and a little Dewalt palm sander and elbow grease.
So as the Rolling Stones so eloquently put it –
”You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”
-- Visualize whirled peas