You can't always get what you want

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Blog entry by muleskinner posted 02-22-2013 05:35 PM 2748 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I check out Craig’s List frequently. My area, Olympic Peninsula, is pretty sparsely populated so it doesn’t usually produce a lot of enticing results for an aspiring woodworker. Predominantly wanna-be sub-contractors finally giving up and unloading air compressors and nail guns or meth heads selling ill-gotten DeWalt combo kits.

The other day I noticed a poster was offering up these three woodworking items:

$100 for the bench, $50 for the scroll saw and $75 for the table saw. The work bench looked like a real bargain and would be nice to have but isn’t a pressing need and would take up valuable shop real estate. The table saw, another real bargain I figured, was a twin to my current saw and it would be cool to have two but again there was the problem of floor space. And, let’s be honest here, it would be hard to slide either one of those in without my bride being instantly aware and start asking awkward questions. Like “how much bench space do you need to make band saw boxes?” and “ did you really need another table saw to pile stuff on?” The scroll saw on the other hand could sit unobtrusively stashed on a cluttered work bench amid coffee cans, cut-offs and Crescent wrenches for a few days until it just blended in to the general chaos. The fact is that I had been keeping an eye out for a scroll saw the last couple months. A little research revealed that it too was a uncommon bargain. (Hegner Multimax)

I waited over a day for the seller to e-mail back a contact number. By the time I got ahold of her she had already given a commitment to some, assuredly, undeserving reprobate. Just to cover the chance that said reprobate didn’t show or passed on the deal, I turned on the charm and finagled an address and appointment.

Of course when I arrived the scroll saw was gone. So was the bench.. The shop was in disarray (I felt right at home), full of packing boxes and household items. I asked if she was selling anything else. I was informed that most of it was going and to go ahead and look around. That’s when I spotted this in the corner (cast iron Craftsman 6×48):

“What about the sander?”
“Oh sure.”
“What do you want for it?”
“Make me an offer.”
“How about 30 bucks?”

I really kind of wanted that scroll saw but my sanding needs have been getting filled with a portable Ryobi 3×21 and a little Dewalt palm sander and elbow grease.

So as the Rolling Stones so eloquently put it –

”You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 05:48 PM

looks like a good deal to me

the thing with the older models
that i always liked
is they don’t have a dust end catcher
like the new ones do

so you can sand curved edges or faces
on them

the new ones only allow for flat sanding
as the covers come right up to the flat edge

and what a good price !

-- 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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#2 posted 02-22-2013 06:20 PM

Patron, it does have a dust catcher on the end. I took this picture right after I got the sander home and the dust catcher was sitting on the bench being epoxied back together. In my haste to load it in the truck before the cops showed up and asked why I was stealing it, I’d grabbed it to swing the machine around and it snapped in two. In my defense it had been sawed about 2/3 through by a mis-tracking belt. (Belt tracks fine once adjusted). It does come off with just one Philips screw so the end is still easily available. What I’ve never liked about most of them is the disk setting higher than the belt. I’d looked at a Rikon that avoided that short-coming but the price point on this one makes that inconvenience tolerable.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 06:38 PM

The hegner scroll saw was a steal at 50! Got my 18” for more than that, and I considered it a bargain at 200!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 06:41 PM

Well, looks like the Rolling Stones knew what they were talking., er ….. singing about. Congratulations on the sander.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 09:23 PM

Nice Score! shame she did not get back to you sooner.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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