A friend at work asked me if I knew anyone with an old aluminum top for
a benchtop table saw. He broke his and didn't have the cash to buy a
replacement. I told him I'd check. I had an old Craftsman benchtop
that I had tuned and built a folding outfeed table for. It can pass
the nickle test in it's current form.
So, since I haven't used it in years I brought it in and had him stick
it in his van. I told him to just keep it and use it. He's a nice guy
and I really didn't want to take his money for a Craftsman benchtop
Then he tells me why he's so broke he can't afford an el-cheapo table
saw. It would seem that he has been a sawyer for years and he just
bought a new band saw mill. His plan is to sell hardwoods from logs he
and his buddy have been harvesting for years. They have a pile of oak
and walnut ready to cut and he said they had some really special logs
that had to be seen to be believed. We have alot of really fine
hardwoods locally but most of it is sold for export and it's hard to
find a sawyer that wants to mess with small orders.
So, I have just traded a benchtop saw for a pile of log-run oak with
some quartersawn thrown in. He's also going to be a good source for
quality lumber for a long time.
Life is good...