Tool Gloat!

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Project by Tinnocker posted 08-04-2010 11:05 PM 3402 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a big fan of Freecycle, a yahoo group that post things for free. People give away all kinds of things in this forum, my self included. I have given away furniture tools water coolers all kinds of things that I no longer need or have room for. About a month ago I posted a request for a working lathe. I’m on a very low fixed income so I can’t afford to go out and buy one and I’ve seen things like this being given away or sold very cheaply. Well a month goes by and I get an email from a lady near where I live who said she had an old shop smith lathe I could have. She said that it hadn’t been used in the last twenty years and that it belonged to her husband who passed away. I emailed her back and said that I would love to have it. So thinking that it was very old and was probably junk or in need of some serious TLC I went to see it. WOW!
The lady’s name is Sharon and she’s about the same age as my mom. very sweet and a very God fearing woman. She told me the story of her husband who would have been a great Lumberjock if he had still been alive. We chatted over this and that as we walked to her garage, talking about our churches and other things of our faith (I’m a Christian too!) Then she opened the garage door and showed me the “lathe!” I said “WOW!” “Are you sure you want to GIVE this away!” She said that she had no use for it and she didn’t need any money and that I was welcome to it.
This machine had a little tiny bit of rust spots on it and some of the blades and tools were a little rusty but for sitting in her garage for the last 20 years it was in remarkable shape. Everything was there! Tools, blades, F, Pony and C clamps, grinding wheels and sandpaper. The Shopsmith has a table saw, band saw, jointer, 12”disk sander attachment lathe, and drill press. This was such a wonderful blessing.
I told Sharon that if she ever needed any help around her house or any favors what-so ever to call me and I would;d do my best to help her out.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 11:07 PM

Oh by the way, the cute little guy on my stool is my shop cat Cubby and you can just make out the head of my yellow lab Buddy. He is ADD, not has. (A DUMB DOG)

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 11:20 PM

What a wonderful gift – I am sure she is happy knowing it went to someone who will appreciate it and take good care of it – I can tell that is you from the looks of your shop. BTW, I think most Labs are ADD – it’s part of what makes them so lovable!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 11:20 PM

40, 30, 20, 10, 5, 2, 1, And he Scores Big Time!!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 11:29 PM

Manifesting is what we practice every day around here. I see you do too. Congratulations on a wonderful find!
Be careful


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 11:32 PM

Wow, wow, WOW! What a find. Your first project should be a gift for the nice lady.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 11:47 PM

If you have never used a shopsmith Mark V before, you will love it. I have the same model you have in the picture and built my first set of cabinets with it. I got mine from my father-in-law back in the seventies. Shopsmith still supports the model. A couple of years back I bought a replacement motor and headstock to have on hand should mine wear out. They are still in the box unused and the Mark V goes on running. My father-in-law got the Mark V for Christmas of 1954. That was the first year the Mark V configured that way was sold. We have verified it through serial number. Now that is durability. Anyone with minimal shop space would enjoy the compact footprint and multiple functions. Over the years I have added many stationary tools to my dream shop, but still rely on the Mark V for horizontal boring and larger lathe projects then my mini can handle as well as ripping and stock prep. Enjoy the Mark V I’m sure that is what Sharon’s husband would want.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 12:04 AM

What a great story and I hope you get many years of enjoyment out of it. I know that I would.

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 12:37 AM

You lucky dog, did the cat come with it?

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 12:47 AM

Fantastic and congratulations….Good things do happen to good people. Your cat Cubbly looks just like one of the cats my wife and i have adopted…but they are not allowed in the shop because they will not wear their dust masks.

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 12:47 AM

great score and a fantasstic story thank´s for sharing it
it just never stop amazing me that when we need help and ask for it
the little old lady/mand around the corners is the right spot to turn your head against :-)
I know she didn´t expect anything in return and just expect you to do the same kind of things to others
but a chrismas present you make on it wood be a nice payback I think, and be preciated

best thoughts

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#11 posted 08-05-2010 01:47 AM

Simply great thing to happen.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 08-05-2010 02:32 AM

Even I’m praisin the Lord for ya on this one!

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#13 posted 08-05-2010 02:42 AM

Yes, I’m praising God and the first thing I make on it is for this wonderful lady. I gave her my name and phone number and told her that if she needs anything, anything at all, what ever I can do for her just call! She simply smiled at me and just said to keep her in my prayers. What a wonderful woman!
By the way, I really don’t like to call this a tool gloat. It’s really a PRAISE GOD type of story!
Thanks for all the wonderful comments. And thanks for all the wonderful projects you guys post! I hope one day I will be able to make things as well as you fellows and gals.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#14 posted 08-05-2010 03:07 AM

Awesome tool, awesome story. Nice find!

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#15 posted 08-05-2010 03:36 AM

Nice to hear about things like this.
Nice Find.
Wonderful lady.

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

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