clamp gloat

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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 11-30-2010 11:10 PM 1678 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent most of yesterday driving instead of in my shop working. I had hit an ad for a cabinet shop being liquidated, and I need a drill press. I am looking for a drill press with a locking spindle feature. something not common on newer machines, but was on vintage model. since old machines are of better quality and field tested, I am on the hunt for one.
Anyway, I dragged a few friends with me for the roadtrip, drove a few hours, and took a ferry to get to this remote barn.
The ad had been up a few days, so I expected the place to be well picked over. nope.
there was so much stuff, we barely looked at most of it. The drill press was amazing, twice as big as I assumed from the photos, but buried so far back in the barn it would have taken hours to get loaded, not an option because we had to make a ferry to get home. I would have loved to be there with more money, time and a bigger truck. There was an old Oliver 30” bandsaw they wanted 500 for, and a 16”patternmakers jointer it looked like you would need a locomotive to move. More stuff than I can even mention, it must have been a big shop.
Without the time, cash or truck capacity to really take advantage of the situation we did the best we could, and loaded my truck with clamps. they threw in a really cool cast iron veneer press for taking all the clamps, one of my friends is going to put that to good use.
anyway, we decided to split the clamps between us. here is what landed in my shop.

So basically , no drill press,( I still may go back for it) but a truck load of clamps for 500 canadian is not a bad haul. Just need to clean them up a bit, and make a rack for them. The 8 foot I-beam bar clamps are a real find, the wife saw them and immediately wanted a new dining table. guess my excuse is gone.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 11:32 PM

Now thats a sweet find.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 12:47 AM

it sounds like you shuold have asked what the hole barn shuold cost you and then
ordred your bank to send an eighteenwheeler with a crane on and some money….LOL

now go and get them cleaned !


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#3 posted 12-01-2010 02:38 AM

Junior.. Over hight, over weight, underpriced, there must be a B.C. ferries rule about that ?
And you REALY need the drill press, mayhaps it’s your Christmas presentso you’ll be able to accurately drill the holes for the dinning room table’s new extension ? ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 05:07 PM

Wish you were closer, that Oliver bandsaw would look great in my shop. That clamp gloat is a pretty good
swap for a good table, just to keep the beautiful half happy you understand, not to find out if the clamps
really work right and your skills are up to. Keep playing in the shop, if you are like most of us, you can not
honestly call it work, it is too much fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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