|Project by Tinnocker||posted 08-04-2010 11:05 PM||3105 views||0 times favorited||31 comments|
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 http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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!