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Forum topic by Eddie posted 07-09-2013 09:41 PM 1899 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2013 09:41 PM

I have to share this story of my experience with a seller over craigslist, I think you all will all appreciate it.

I had almost paused my search for a shopsmith since my son’s due date is this saturday.
But he is not here yet and I happened upon what I think is a great deal. I am scheduled to go take a look and possibly buy this afternoon/evening.

The seller is an awesome older gentleman that is downsizing his shop. He has been great to deal with and has completely understood my inflexibility with getting out to look at the shopsmith because of my very pregnant wife. Each email he seemed to branch off into other topics and down rabbit trails unrelated to the items he is selling, which is great beacuse I have the tendency to do the same things. Through his emails he mentioned this:

The seller is older now, but when his wife was pregnant with their first child (they didnt know if it was a boy or girl) he had just been bit with the woodworking bug.
At this same time his wife gave him the honor of naming their son/daughter.
What two names did he chose??!!? ASH (boy) & KOA (girl) <—Hows that for a woodworker?

It doesnt stop there. What should any self-respecting, expecting woodworker dad do?
He made a cradle for the soon to be baby.
(but because he didnt know the gender he made TWO, one from Ash and one from Koa wood)
This guy is awesome right?!
They had a baby girl and the koa cradle was put to use, the ash one was stored.

This great guy is so genuinely excited for my wife and I that he went and found the Ash cradle he made years ago! Now he is offering to pass it on to us for free, how nice?!

Anyways, I buy most of my tools off craigslist and have never had a seller so kind and understanding (and on top of that he made me a great deal on the shopsmith)

For those interested in the Shopsmith deal im aquiring here she is(i will attach pics but not all is shown)

He admits to his not being the most prestine but says he maintained it to keep it in perfect working order, not to win beautify pagents.

Here is what will be included:

Shopsmith (510 with all tables and telescoping legs)
-Standard attachments and accessories (table saw, drill press, lathe, horizontal boring, disk sander)
-Bandsaw with 4 different blade sizes
-Jointer (the newer model w/ featherboard guard – has some surface rust but zero pitting and knives are in great shape)
-Drum Sander
-Shaper Mandrel w/ stile & rail bit set
-Router attachment and bits
-Set of 12 forstner bits

He has agreed to my offer of $400.
Im pretty excited. Especially because, except a table saw, I have none of the tools that this shopsmith is capable of

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 10:00 PM

Great story!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 10:10 PM

That is a great deal, and he sounds like a great guy.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then force it to fit.

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 11:26 PM

Great story and a great deal on that SS. I love my SS.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 11:31 PM

great story. Have fun with the shopsmith!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 11:44 PM

That is an incredible deal.. a few years ago you would have paid more than that for just the used 510 shopsmith with no bandsaw, jointer etc… Good luck with it. I too love my SS stuff.

-- Dave in NH

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 11:54 PM

That is a great deal and story. It’s in great shape and that many accessories is awesome. He sounds like I would be, happy to get the machine to someone that will enjoy it and take care of it. Best wishes with the new guy too.

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 12:07 AM

Great deal, great story, nice man!
I’ll add my name to the “Love my ShopSmith” list.
That’s a nice combination of SPTs and the 510 is a very versatile setup. You should keep an eye out on Craig’s and eBay (nearby only) for a SS planer. They can sometimes be had quite cheaply and are far better quality than most of the bench top models. To get my planer I had to buy another SS, but I cleaned it up and re-sold it for about the same price minus the planer (and belt sander).
Congrats, you’re a lucky guy …..... and about to get luckier in a few more days, Congrats on that too.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 07-10-2013 01:36 AM

What a neat story!

Would love to meet that guy as he sounds like a character!

The ash cradle is probably worth the $400.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-12-2013 12:42 AM

Great story and a great deal too. I’m glad you were the one that got the great deal, Eddie!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#10 posted 07-12-2013 01:53 AM

You did very well indeed! Go at that rusty jointer with a sanding block and some 220, and when it’s nice and clean wax and buff it with Johnson’s Paste wax. A little TLC once a year like this and it will never rust again.

Also clean and wax the way and bench tubes and the aluminum tables. There are two places in the headstock that need a few drops of light oil about every six months. A little known maintenance item is removing the upper wheel on the bandsaw and putting a little grease on the needle rollers.

There are a lot of informative “sawdust sessions” on the Shopsmith web site.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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