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Forum topic by mingus2112 posted 07-13-2015 03:52 AM 486 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2015 03:52 AM

I just got back from buying a $20 bandsaw and some other things from a nice older gentleman who is moving to a condo. I agreed to buy an older (I would guess 1980s) Craftsman 6” dado set from him (unused – in the box) for $5. I left with a bunch of stuff, but forgot to grab (or pay for) the dado set. Is it worth going back for? I could grab some other odds and ends to make it worth the trip – he had other older blades that I didn’t even look through. I’ve never used a dado blade, and am not opposed to paying for something mid level, but wondering if these would be useful at all – even just for practice? I don’t think i’d pick up anything new in the store that said Craftsman on it, but don’t know if they were making quality blades in the 80s.

Thoughts?

-James


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#1 posted 07-13-2015 04:12 AM

Used that set for many a year…..not too bad. They are steel teeth, so they may need to be sharpened more often. Seem to recall it wasn’t enough chippers to make a wide <1> dado. I had a Vermont American set that looked just the same, even the chippers matched.

Yeah, go back and grab them…

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#2 posted 07-13-2015 04:13 AM

sorry. I see the dado “set” in the OP. I’d go back.

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#3 posted 07-14-2015 06:26 PM

Went back and grabbed it. When I went back he couldn’t understand why I was trying to give him money – he had thought I already paid for it the previous day! I wasn’t going to jip him – nice older guy. Picked up some clamps (2 were jorgensons, 2 were harbor freight quality) for $4, an old wrench for $1, some bench planes for $4 and a screwdriver rack. Made it worth the trip!

-James

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 09:11 PM

”... some bench planes for $4”

?

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#5 posted 07-14-2015 11:09 PM

Yes, what? Bench planes? I think we need to see that.

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#6 posted 07-14-2015 11:44 PM

Well…ONE bench plane and one small Stanley block plane. The block plane is a duplicate to one I already have, but the bench plane has no markings on it I can see. Sure LOOKS like my old Stanley bench planes, but it sure as hell doesn’t say Stanley on it. Any clues? (sorry about the mess in the basement – have everything ripped apart now sorting and reorganizing! lots of new tools recently and nowhere to put them!)

-James

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