Picked up a Drill Press and some Wormy Chestnut at an Auction Yesterday

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09-09-2012 11:59 PM

I went to an auction yesterday that advertised woodworking tools and rough cut hardwood. I picked up a Jet 17” swing arm drill press that looks like it had little use for $160.00. Woodcraft has it listed for $599.00. The were two large stacks of hardwood lumber outside properly stickered and coverd that went for $30.00. That’s total, NOT each! Each stack was about 10 feet long, 4 1/2 feet high and about six feet deep. I didn’t bid on them because I don’t have room to store it and besides, what I wanted was in an old garage. When the guy who bought the wood got it uncoverd, the first stack was poplar but the second stack was mostly 8 quarter Cherry. 6”,8” and 10” x 10 feet long. He was thrilled.

I bought the “contents” of the garage for $20 dollars. It turned out to be two trailer loads (Trailer is 5’ by 10’) packed tight and stacked about three feet high of mostly Wormy Chestnut. Boards ranged from 2’ to 12’ long and 4” to 16” wide. Some was eight quarter but most of it is 4 quarter and 5 quarter. There was some cherry, walnut, white oak, ash and sassafras mixed in but it was 95% wormy chestnut.

I picked up my second load this morning and had to plane some of it up this afternoon just to see what it would look like. OMG! It’s beautiful! I don’t know where to begin but I’m sure I’ll find plenty of projects. This should keep me busy for a couple years at least.

Oh, and on Friday I picked up a Brand new Craftsman Radial Arm Saw for $50 off of Craigs list that had never been put together. The guys ex- brother in-law left it his garage and never came to get it.

It’s been a good week.

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 12:04 AM

It’s a good thing I wasn’t at the auction. You would have been out bid. LOL. What a buy. I envy you.

-- Jim, Eagle Point, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 12:10 AM

We need pictures of the chestnut!!!! :D

-- Art

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#3 posted 09-10-2012 12:13 AM

It didn’t happen.
No pictures= It didn’t happen.

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#4 posted 09-10-2012 01:36 AM

Geezzzz that’s a little brutal, calling me a liar and you don’t even know me! I’ve never posted pictures on the net but hopefully this will work.

The pictures of the wood doesn’t do it justice. I wiped on some minereal spirits this afternoon to get an idea of the color and it’s mostly evaporated by now. And you have a picture of the Jet Drill Press and the “New” Radial Arm Saw. I’d have taken a picture of the trailer with the second load of wood stacked on it but it’s dark outside.

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 01:46 AM

I think (hope) he was kidding because you got such a good deal. I’m going to look at some wormy chestnut later this week at $4/bf, so you stole that.

I have several non-wormy chestnut off one of our barns. I guess it was sawed before the blight hit. I can’t believe how light in weight it is compared to say red oak.

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 02:04 AM

Hey, I’ll take the ribbing in good humor, it does almost sound to good to be true!

Oddly, I found some of the Chestnut to be very light weight and some of it heavier. Some of it planed better than other pieces too but I didn’t thnk to compare the weight vs the quality of planing. There is also quite a bit of variety in the color with some having a nice redish tint while other pieces had more of a carmel color and still others having a greyish tint. I’ll have to pay attention to color matching in my projects as I usually use “Natural” Danish Oil. Overall I’m very pleased. I’ve never made anything out of Chestnut Oak before and it has a lot of character.

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 02:31 AM

mdennisusa1, There’s been a recall on the Craftsman RAS. They supply a complete new MDF table squeeze handle that causes the blade guard to raise splitter pawls aaaaaand some other things absolutely FREE shipping included. Check with the Sears parts internet address and supply the serial number and your ship to address. I bought mine in 1976 and had broket a large chip off the back part of the table which was particle board back then. Boy was I surprised when a friend told me of the deal. It was delivered in less than 10 days.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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