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Neil Larson

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09-12-2009 05:05 AM

Due to some health issues, I have decided to give up my woodworking hobby. I am trying to find the best way to sell off my tools. My wife suggested I post to some forums and try to have an open house instead of trying to Craigs List everything.

I live in Northern Illinois. Crystal Lake to be specific. I have the following to sell:

Tool Make Model
Tablesaw Steelcity 35900 – SOLD
Bandsaw Powermatic PWBS-14CS – SOLD
Lathe Central Machinery 34706-1VGA
Midi Chuck Nova Supernova2 – SOLD
Drill Chuck 1/2” “1 MT
Dust Collector Delta – SOLD
Joiner Craftsman – SOLD
Planner Delta – SOLD
Mortiser Central Machinery 35570-4VGA – SOLD
Sander Craftsman 21514 – SOLD
Scroll Saw Delta
Router Table Rockler 26221 – SOLD
Mitre gauge Incra 1000SE – SOLD
Drill Press Craftsman – SOLD
Dovetail Jig Rockler
Router Porter Cable PC690 – SOLD
Biscuit Jointer Dewalt DW682 – SOLD
Sharpener Delta GR450 – SOLD
Sharpener Jet 834660
Acuscribe Pro Woodcraft 147402
Double Ended Caliper Woodcraft 09N21 – SOLD
Combination Square Woodcraft 12C11
Engineer’s 3pc Square Set Woodcraft 148041
Precision Triangle Set Pinnacle 147623 – SOLD
12” Bevel Rule Pinnacle
12” T Square Pinnacle 147631
Reference Square Incra GSQR7
Wheel Marking Gauge Woodcraft 143531
Digital Angle Gauge Wixley 147281
Router and Saw Depth Gauge Woodcraft 03K17
Brass Setup Gauges Whiteside 836311
T Rule Incra 23094
6pc Blue Chip Chisle Set Irwin 12G15
Turning Set Benjamin’s Best LXWM1007 – SOLD
Bowl Gouge Benjamin’s Best
Full Size Multi Tip Shear Scraper Sorby 6066
Pen Turning Stuff Assorted – SOLD
Pen Press Woodcraft 142731 – SOLD
Center Drilling Vise Woodcraft 143609 – SOLD
Lumber Assorted
Power Carver Foredom SR – SOLD
Pipe Clamps Pony 1/2” – SOLD
Pipe Clamps Pony 3/4” – SOLD
Assorted Clamps Assorted – SOLD
Master Gauge Dial Indicator with Super Bar – SOLD
Stanley No. 8 Scraper Plane – SOLD
Stanly No. 12 Scraper Plane – SOLD

Any ideas? Do you think an open house sale would work? Or should I just give up and do the Craigs List thing?

Added link to Pics, got about 1/2 of them up so far.

-- If it ain't broke, you didn't drive it hard enough

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 06:11 AM

You could try and find a woodworking club in your area. There might be members that would want some of your items.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 06:27 AM

Craigslist will bring out all the weirdos. A club, which has been suggested, would be good. You might also look for some woodworking schools or small cabinet shops in the area that might be looking for some of the tools. Another option could be a high school or community college with a wood program.

PS…. I might be interested in the lumber.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 06:38 AM

I have had luck unloading tools on CL, even tools that are parts only. depending on how many items, you might need a secretary. We are trying to get our house sold, so I had 20 some ads on their at one time and I was constantly answering the phone and meeting people. Good thing it was in the summer when I had more flexibility.

The last one was 2 delta drill presses that were 20+ years old that had run out, tables were broke and both were 3 phase. I had 17 calls, and people were pissed that I sold it to the first guy with cash! go figure.

I am in the STL area, send me more info on the bandsaw and a pic to [email protected] We might be able to use that in the school shop. Thanks, tooldad.

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 02:06 PM

I would use CL to selll whatever is left over from a sale of some sort. If you advertise the tools and lumber in several publications as a sale on a certain date, I would think you’d get a good result?

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 03:08 PM

I am very sorry to hear that you are having to give up a hobby you seem to enjoy. i will think of you in my prayers and I hope all the best for you.

I think you came to the right place to sell you tools. I would love to buy it all if I were closer. I am newer to the woodworking hobby and all of your tool would be a big upgrade to my entry level tools.

The smaller items would ship right to my door. I would be interested in the pen making gear and the accessories you listed. also the jet sharpener the biscuit joiner, the miter gauge, the nova midi chuck. Let me know what you are asking for the items.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 03:45 PM

Neil, I recently listed four pieces of woodworking equipment on Craigslist. They varied in price from $150 to $450. I sold all four within 5 days. Two of the items were bought by folks that lived in excess of 100 miles from me. I have found Craigslist a great way to sell or buy tools. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#7 posted 09-12-2009 05:15 PM

Hi Neil,

Craigslist will get you noticed. If you’d like some targeted help let me know and I’d be happy to send an email to my WI/IL client list. All woodworkers. Send me a PM with info and I can forward it for you. Crystal Lake isn’t far for these guys.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 09-12-2009 05:21 PM

how much would you sell the Nova Midi Chuck for with shipping to 92106?

-- San Diego, CA

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#9 posted 09-12-2009 06:30 PM


I’m in the Fox Valley Woodworkers Club. We have members all up and down the valley, over 150 strong. The club would be happy to post your list of tools, with pictures even, on our web site. We often assist folks who would like to sell their tools and our members benefit as well. Please contact Linda at [email protected] and she will work with you to post your tools.

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 07:00 PM

what will you do when you regain your health, regret selling your tools?

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 09-12-2009 11:20 PM

Seeing this post makes me want to cry. I’m only 31 and have been seriously woodworking for about 2-3 years and love it. Last week a slipped a disk causing serious health problems like paralysis in my arm etc. It looks like surgery will cure everything in the next few weeks. The doctors say no heavy lifting. I found myself sitting in my shop last night staring at my new sawstop, and my grizzly catalog (I was going to by an 8-inch jointer and realized I was weeks, months, maybe seasons away from diving back into my new found love.

To see a list of things like that for sale can only make me imagine the personal effort you must be going through to part with not just the tangible items, but the memories and experiences. I wish you and your family the best.


-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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Neil Larson

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#12 posted 09-12-2009 11:23 PM

I am working on getting more detail behind what I have and some pics. I will post them tomorrow. Thanks for the replys, and I will get back to each of you that have inquired on specific items.

-- If it ain't broke, you didn't drive it hard enough

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#13 posted 09-12-2009 11:31 PM

I would try listing them on the bulletinboard of a local wood club or society. A one or two day garage sale may work. Make sure you have help to watch people from entering your off limit areas of your home and for general security. I would have a couple of burly male friends help and look like they live there to hang around that day, just to deter any weirdos from getting ideas of coming back uninvited.

What we’ve done in the past is to donate the equipment to non-profit organizations that actually use the tools. There’s one in my area that rehabilitates young men from inner city issues. They come and pick up the equipment and it’s a tax deduction. Salvation Army is a good one too, many of the others are For Profit and don’t assist the needy as much.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 09-12-2009 11:32 PM

hey neil, if you are willing to ship i would be interested in your turning tools and pen making stuff. sorry to hear you have to give up woodworking,hope you feel better.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#15 posted 09-12-2009 11:42 PM

are u willing to ship anything buyer pays for everything? if so let me know? also u can look into ebay u might get more than what u paid for some stuff!!! [email protected]

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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