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Forum topic by Tokolosi posted 01-25-2012 04:57 AM 707 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tokolosi

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01-25-2012 04:57 AM

I am a poor woodworker. So I scrounge. Packing crates and old furniture is my wood source. The other night I picked up some free wood from a CL add. Nothing spectacular but enough to keep the sawdust going. Then last night this woman called me. “Do I need more wood?” she asked. I was anout to decline because half of what I got from them was unusable or just particle board. But she sounded desperate. Being close to my home I agreed. Went there after work today. Same scrap but there was nice MDF and I need a new crosscut sled so I loaded it up. While I was there she offered me a ‘skill saw’ if I wanted it. I said sure. Then the old man came out. He is in his late 80’s and apparantly this was his house. His wife passed away and his daughter was helping him clear stuff out before he moved. He asked why I need the scrap. I told him funds are low and I need wood to keep sane in this crazy world. He laughed. He took me to his shop. A shed in the back. I could see the history in there. Neat laid out racks for tools. Now empty. Well worn work benches. The skill saw turned out to be a little 10amp 1-1/2hp Ohio Forge table saw. 26 years old. But he told me he was glad that he found a wood worker to give it too. When I saw it my heart sank. But then I saw the pride in the old mans face. He had run a lot of wood through that saw Im sure. I couldnt decline. He helped ne unbolt it and load it into my truck. I swear he cried. I know I did as I drove away. The grain runs deep.

I did get a stack of blades with the saw. And I have been looking for a motor that may be turned into a sander. All I know is that I will make use of this gift. Soppy I know. But it touched me.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 05:04 AM

Damn… got me choked up as well. Good story.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Gary

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 05:19 AM

Nice going. Great action on your part

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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