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Blog entry by Woodfix posted 05-27-2009 12:10 PM 1529 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is wood working on a budget. I was talking to my brother in law a while back and he mentioned having a thicknesser in the back of his shed at work. Apparently he had a contract a while back which required a thicknesser and it had been sitting out there since (a couple of years). Now I am not the most up front person in the world, so I dwelt on this bit of information for quite a while.

Finally, after looking at all the timber pieces I have in my shed and thinking what am I going to do with them without something to size them, a thicknesser. So off to the the Timber and Working with Wood Expo. Checked out all the stands with thicknessers, only to realise there was very little about. A bench top thicknesser was in my price range, but I thought that money would be better put aside till I can buy a decent model. What to do? What to do? Of course the answer was talk to the brother in law.

Rang him up and the conversation went something like. “You know that thicknesser of yours?” “Yeah”. “I was wondering if we could come to some sort of arrangement”. “Yeah, sure”. “What would you like for it?” “I would like you to come and get it out of my shed”!!

Woo Hoo.

So this afternoon I went to his shed and loaded up this LEDA Brand (Never heard of it) bench top thicknesser.

Needs some TLC. The lifter bars are a bit rusty and the blades need looking at, but for zero dollars it was a bargain.

You never know unless you ask.

And here it is, ta da.

Aint she a beauty. :))

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

10 comments so far

View degoose's profile


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#1 posted 05-27-2009 12:17 PM

Mate what a score.. Leda is a very well known and respected brand…good pick up.
Sorry I didn’t catch you up at the Brissie show ..was on the look out but hey things happen..maybe later in the year we can get together.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 05-27-2009 12:20 PM

Now that’s the way to drive a bargain. ;-) Give it the TLC it needs and it looks like you’ll have yourself a nice tool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 05-27-2009 12:31 PM

Wood, you should reallly post some before and after pics of the LEDA… Us Yanks may not be familiar with that tool.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 05-27-2009 12:54 PM

Free is good

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 05-27-2009 12:54 PM

The only thing my brother in law gives me is a headache lol. Great find it opens up a world of possibility. Now if you can find a jointer you are set.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#6 posted 05-27-2009 02:59 PM

Hey Mate…..........”NICE ONE”.....Proud of you my son.
Give the newly aquired unit a lot of TLC and a good paint job… will last for years.
It is indispensable.

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#7 posted 05-27-2009 03:56 PM

great story , good move !
i have aquired many tools by pointing out to the clients that i could make better work for them , say with a band saw
over my jigsaw then i could do a better job quicker . , if they would help by bying it now , and tacking it out of my pay for 3 or 4 weeks .
ive never had them turn me down .
of course i eat allot of kraft macaroni and chess , but i got better tools !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-27-2009 05:09 PM

I am all about the free stuff too.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#9 posted 05-28-2009 05:04 PM

great story!!! Congrats (on the machine AND on the great brother-in-law!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-28-2009 05:18 PM

good score mate – I’ll second the pic request – we don’t have that brand here in the states, and would be interested to see what this machine looks like :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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