Ok - why not.....Every other '04 thread has been started.
My gloat of 2004 was getting about 1000+bf of 6/4 Black walnut & 6/4 African
Mahogany for $275.00
(Along w/ several thousand BF of ash for about the same price.)
That and my little one (just turned 4) told me yesterday that she wants to
be my helper in the shop!
Lets hear some others.
I was looking into buying a Woodmaster 18.5" Planer / Molder / Drum Sander
/ Rip Saw combo. So I called Woodmaster to get customer referals. They gave
me several numbers in my area.
Now The Gloat
One of the people I called had gotten the machine for a sawmill setup that
he was doing and the business failed (personell problems). So when I called
him he asked me if I wanted to buy his.
New Woodmaster 718 with shipping to my area $2600.00 Cost of used one 3
yrs old (2 Hrs Use) $1100.00 minus drum sander attachment ($260.00) and
including extra molding blades and extra rip saw cutter (more that pays for
Now I saved enough to get that 8" jointer I want......
Interesting. I can (almost) match that gloat. In my case, I didn't call
Woodmaster, but wound up finding one in the local want ads. Gave $1500 for
a machine with six hours on it, I got the drum sander, no molding blades,
and an extra set of 18" blades.
How do ya like it so far?
At a local business sale:
1975 vintage Powermatic Model 66 in good to better than average
condition for $250.00. Cleaned it up, put on new belts and adjusted
everything and it is wonderful.
Approximately 1300 Bd Ft of various cherry, walnut, oak, ash, river
birch, poplar, maple, hemlock and cedar for $350.00 including the steel
rack. I'll have plenty of wood to work with for a while.
And then my wife / best friend bought me a Jet 16" bandsaw with roller
bearing guides and DC-1100C dust collector for Christmas.
On top of that my father gave me a hand plane for Christmas. It has a
wooden body and he first remembers it from the 1920's when his father
had it on the farm. He thinks it belonged to his grandfather. It has
no name or markings on it, but it is really fun to have all the same.
Especially unusual is that the iron is about twice as thick on the bevel
end as on the other end. I've never seen one like that before.
It's been a great year and I've been truly blessed.
Its a long one...
Was helping my neighbor put up a garage and the wife walks out and asks if I
mind if she goes to the casino. I told her to have fun and hammered on. By
about 11pm I hadn't heard from her and she finally calls me. Asks what I'm
doing tommorrow. I told her I was going to be helping the neighbor put up
trusses. She tells me thats to bad..... she figured I would have wanted to
get my new table saw. She had won $2500 on the slot machine. Well I'm all
excited and so I start researching what I'm going to get .... a Grizzly, a
Jet, maybe the new Craftsman cabinet saw. That Tuesday we get a mailing from
Craftsman with 20% off the Craftsman...... now I'm really thinking. Well she
tells me she's going for another drive ..... comes home 2 hours later all
excited.... she won another $2500. I decided on the Craftsman. I also got a
6" Jet jointer and the next week when she won another $1000 she bought me
one of the oilless 6hp Craftsman compressors with the 30 gallon tank.
Only bad part about the whole thing was when I had to use the concrete saw
to cut a groove in the garage floor. I installed a floor mounted outlet and
dust collection for the saw. What a mess...... but the best part of that was
having my wife helping me pull the electric with the fishtape ;)
Well, mine is not completely woodworking related, but we started 2004 by
completely gutting the kitchen and 11 months of weekends later we had a
brand new kitchen.
Got to tackle quite a number of different aspects, from plumbing (relocate
water heater), electrical (new sub-panel, new outlets/lighting), rough
carpentry (relocate entry door), finish carpentry (installed new
cabinetry/trim), well the whole gamut...
As I type, all left is some minor trim work and tile work is left.
My favs: Complete design/layout by myself, installation of cabinets and the
custom range hood. Plus the added bonus of purchasing the proper tools to
accomplish the project.
pics at www.nctimes.net/~pray/House.htm
Well, here's mine:
A free 1945 Unisaw, runs perfectly. Sold because I already have one.
A free 1950's vintage 6" Craftsman King Seeley jointer. Tuned it a
bit, used it last night. A free 12" bandsaw, craftsman, I believe from
the 1930's. Needs some work, but I'll get it restored.
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