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Forum topic by Buckethead posted 07-12-2013 08:57 PM 1167 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Buckethead

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07-12-2013 08:57 PM

Picked this up from Craigslist today.

Got her for a buck fiddy. (For those who don’t know a buck fiddy is roughly equivalent to one hundred fifty federal reserve notes)

It a craftsman… So there’s that. It looks like new, which is a plus… Operates quietly, and seemed priced reasonably.

Most CL-ers in my neck of the woods seem to think that an old rusty heap of metal should be sold for far in excess of the value I place on those trash heaps. A usable delta jointer (this crafstman’s twin cousin) for instance, was asking $450. I’ve been stalking CL for a while now.

Reasonable deals on used jointers of any quality just don’t seem to exist. So when this was listed for two hunge (USD200) and within 2 miles of my house, it seemed the universe was speaking to me.

I met the very nice gentleman, who was abandoning woodworking for classic car restoration. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, I suppose.

So I figgerd (that idiom for “supposed”) I’d give it a go. Not my dream machine, but I really need one now, and when I upgrade, I imagine I will be able to resell this and break even at worst.

So tell me if I’m gloating, or if I just wasted my effort.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.


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#1 posted 07-12-2013 09:19 PM

got one a couple of years ago. A bit older than yours, and paid buckanakwader. The one quirk on mine is the outfeed tables not adjustable. Makes thing interestin!
I’d say you did well.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 09:28 PM

Seems like a reasonable price. Enjoy it!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 09:33 PM

Nice one Buckethead, you done good.

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 09:44 PM

Looks like you done good, son!

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 10:32 PM

Looks and sounds like a solid deal.

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 10:46 PM

I have one just like it…got it as part of multiple machine deal(about the same price when I break out the items). Hope yours works as well as mine!

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 11:17 PM

good buy. We don’t even own a jointer yet. I bid on them sometimes but refuse to go very high so I loose.

Congrats

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#8 posted 07-12-2013 11:23 PM

I bet it will come in real handy, once you put a motor in it….. lol

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

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#9 posted 07-13-2013 12:01 AM

Thanks for the comments fellas!

I was away from the keyboard for a few moments. I had to try her out.

I’m happy to report that it works well. There are a couple dings in the blades, but I saw that before I pulled the trigger. I also checked the infeed and out feed tables to see if they were coplanar to the best of my ability. They were spot on.

Dust collection is non existent, but I hope to remedy that with a home made shroud.

One problem, as I ran a couple of the pieces of hard maple which I intend to use for my workbench, some very lovely grain (figuring? Flames?) came into focus. I am having reservations about using it now. It could be considered too pretty for a bench. I fear I’m becoming a wood hoarder.

In my days of spruce and southern yellow pine (framing), lumber was a far lesser consideration. Now, I find hardwoods much more painful to cut. (Potentially misappropriate)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#10 posted 07-13-2013 12:33 AM

Bucket, Woodcraft has a shroud that worked for me:
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000899/2170/12-x-12-table-saw-dust-extraction-fitting.aspx

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 07-13-2013 10:04 AM

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#12 posted 07-13-2013 12:09 PM

Well, you got a nice jointer and the chance to use “Buck Fiddy” in a forum topic!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#13 posted 07-13-2013 01:29 PM

WINNING!

Thanks for the kind gesture, Quanter50. The download linky is much appreciated!

Don, I really need to talk to you about a #7 or #8.

After using my jointer, I hit the stock with my #5 then the #3 and saw a huge difference. Is it possible that hand planing is more accurate than a machine? I would never have imagined it.

I will say that the other day, I had my hand planes singing. I felt important. Like somebody.

Yesterday, I seemed to have difficulty again. I kept gouging even after adjusting. So my feeling of self worth suffered a slight ding. It could be that they just need a sharpening. Something that I seem to have a fear of. (Do no harm is my credo) since my jointer needs new knives or a serious sharpening (need to remove the gouges) and my hand planes probably need the same…. I suppose it’s time to get serious about sharpening.

So it seems there is much work to be done, just to get to that first real project.

That… And I need a workbench… To build my workbench.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#14 posted 07-13-2013 01:34 PM

TOF, I think I need to do just as you did. I had pictured myself fashioning an exquisite housing from rare stock, and being praised by the woodworking deities, but practicality comes before ego. I’m going to buy a shroud. :-)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#15 posted 07-13-2013 01:37 PM

Nice score!
A jointer is in my near future. :-)
Wish I could find a deal like that.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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