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I've been lucky

The following 4 items I bought from a neighbor that was moving - $200 for all
Craftsman 15” floor DP
Dewalt 12” planner
Craftsman 10” miter saw
Jet JJ6 jointer

These items I picked up here & there used:
Craftsman/atlas 6” metal lathe - $60
Craftsman 10” RAS (used once) - $100
16” Ryobi Scroll Saw – free
4” belt/disk sander - $30
8” bench grinder - $40
Bosch Router 1617EVSPK and Bosch table - $170
Grizzly G0555 14” band saw - $300
Grizzly G0548Z dust collector - $250

Ridgid TS3660 table saw - $450 (only thing I bought new)

Wood – 500 combined bf of Cherry (70%), Oak(20%), & Black Walnut(10%) - $40 (this was incredible)

So, I pretty much have all I need for around $1600. When I ponder on this I can hardly believe it. I have been really lucky.

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yup... you've been very lucky! I haven't done too bad myself, but I think you may have me beat... especially when it comes to quality of some of the items. Here goes:

Craftsman Pro hybrid cabinet table saw with Biese fence and HF dust collector with 10 blast gates, 20' of 4" flex hose, 15' of 4" pvc and 10' of 2" flex hose - $300
Delta 14" bandsaw: $175
Craftsman 12x36 lathe and floor drill press: $80
Porter Cable 7518 3.25HP router with lexan router table plate: $65
Dremel 16" scroll saw: $30
Ridgid OSS: $60
Delta benchtop sander: $40
DeWalt biscuit jointer: $30
Ridgid 13" planer: $150

and various other things I can't even think of off the top of my head. Most of the above items were brand new or barely used with the exception of the bandsaw which was made in 1950, the DP being from 88 and the lathe, 1974.

LOOOOVE me some CL.

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You've done very well. And what a fantastic deal on the wood.

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... Ridgid 13" planer: $150...
Man, I just bought one of these from Home Depot yesterday evening for $399.00. Yeah, I'd say you did well.
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You've done very well. And what a fantastic deal on the wood.



Man, I just bought one of these from Home Depot yesterday evening for $399.00. Yeah, I'd say you did well.
I have one of those with a extra set of knives and a lifetime warrenty. Right out of the box now trouble. use the lock down on the head and no snip at all. Very good machine
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I don't want to think of the money I've spent on tools.








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I don't want to think of the money I've spent on tools.
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you n me both c-man, although I'm sure you've got me beat 10 x over!

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I have never had luck finding used tools but I have gotten some really good deals for new ones on clearance sales.
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I have one of those with a extra set of knives and a lifetime warrenty. Right out of the box now trouble. use the lock down on the head and no snip at all. Very good machine
Mine didn't come with an extra set of blades, per se`, but it did come with double-edged blades. So when the blades are worn out you can turn them end for end and have a fresh set of cutters. I was looking at the extra knives they had for sale for the planer and they are $29 each (x 3, of course).

Luckily I have a friend of about 25 years whose dad and he have had a precision sharpening business for 30+ years. I get great deals on perfect sharpening services and he's just a few blocks down the road from my electronics shop.
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I keep finding lots of situations where I could use a small metal lathe like the one you picked up for dirt cheap. Problem is, most times I see them on CL (and they don't pop up too often) they want an arm and a leg for them.

Of course, then I'd have to figure out where to put it.

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So, I pretty much have all I need for around $1600. When I ponder on this I can hardly believe it. I have been really lucky.

yeah right lucky is getting the wood and the drill press for $1600

what you described is an act of God.

now tell us the truth...is it hard to sit with that horseshoe up your

but seriously, good going and to think I live next door practicly and cant even find a good deal on a jigsaw much less anything bigger

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Luckily I have a friend of about 25 years whose dad and he have had a precision sharpening business for 30+ years. I get great deals on perfect sharpening services and he's just a few blocks down the road from my electronics shop.

I have that ridgid too and I thought that because of the retainer holes in the double blades that they could not be resharpened,,,crap I musta thrown away 10 sets...thanx for the info

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you n me both c-man, although I'm sure you've got me beat 10 x over!
The way I see it there are three kinds of woodworkers on this forum. The first being a pure hobbyist that may or may not have an unrelated job. This woodworker buys tools and machines for the pure fun of woodworking, and uses disposable income for purchases. His tools don't make him any money, and he doesn't need them to earn a living. The cost of his tools represents what can be proportioned from his regular income, or from a savings account.

Some individuals that are pure hobbyists that have a substantial income, or won the lottery, can bless themselves for what they can afford. When I was just getting started, I was referred to a doctor's home for an estimate. He had a two and a half car garage packed with all brand new machinery, industrial grade...no lightweight homeowner machinery. So, there I was giving an estimate to someone better equipped than I was. That was when my table saw was a circular saw under a sheet of plywood. He had no tool knowledge, or any idea on how to build a cabinet. He just had a dream.

The second type of individual is one with a regular job, but does woodworking on the side and makes some money off his efforts. I wish I was like that in the beginning, because I could have had regular meals. Anyway, that guy has to proportion his tool expenditure based on his income, and what he makes off his woodworking. With some, the tool budget is relative to the work performed, but there is still part of the regular income (maybe not... depending on his wife), that can be spent on tools.

The third individual, is the guy who thought he was living his dream by making woodworking a lifelong profession. His only income has to support the work, buy tools, and try to live a normal life and get some sleep in the few hours left after leaving the shop. This guy's tool purchase is directly from whatever work is/was going on.

However the shop is situated, whether it's rented or mortgaged, there is a monthly expense, along with utilities. We can call that "fixed expenses". That guy has the same "fixed expenses" in maintaining a home for a better half, a dog or two, a few cats, and an aquarium or two (these are just examples). Or, that guy could do all his work out of his garage, which financially would be a benefit.

His expenditure may be rationed to the type of work he does. But still, his customers ultimately are the ones that contribute to that fund (sometimes they get the idea). I played a prank on a client that I had done a lot of work for over many years. On one project, I had given him an itemized bill for the work, and added a line item for "machinery purchase", just to see his reaction. Well, I thought he might go for it for the heck of it, but he didn't. So, we both had a good laugh about it, and I deleted it. We did discuss the fact that operating expenses and tools/machinery are all part of doing the work.

Major purchases can be done on credit, but then there is another monthly payment.








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C-man, I'm somewhere between one and two, perhaps a 1.5. I've just started making money off it but I do it for the fun and passion and if I never made another dime doing it, I'd be content. That said, the money I'm making off my passion is funding new toys.

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I have that ridgid too and I thought that because of the retainer holes in the double blades that they could not be resharpened,,,crap I musta thrown away 10 sets...thanx for the info
Oh no, no. Don't take my statement as fact. I was merely assuming that they could be. The blades came preinstalled, so I have not physically seen them. Actually, I think that it is you who's breaking news to me and not the other way around. But you are probably right, which breaks bad news to me.

I literally just bought mine last night. If the knives are mounted via fixed points through the blade then I'd imagine that to sharpen them would alter the distance from the spinning cutterhead to the blades' cutting edges. That would presumably mean that sharpening more than, maybe only once (if that), if there are no significant nicks, would throw everything out of whack.

Bummer. At least they are relatively inexpensive as far as planer knives go.

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Well done TS! Have I ever met you,your pic in the Avatar looks familiar?

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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Well, lets see...

I fall in C-man's #1 category of being just someone who enjoys wood working as a hobby and does the few repairs and upgrades needed around the house.

My list is:

Dewalt Radial Arm Saw.... $40.00 for parts to repair the motor.
Craftsman 10" Flex Drive Table Saw.... $75.00
Delta bench top drill Press... around $115.00
Delta 10" Compound miter saw... $100.00
Delta 12" planer.... (brand new) $86.00 (Managers special at Lowes)
Craftsman 4" Jointer.... $110
Royobi 9" Band Saw... $95.00

Plus assorted Drill motors, sanders, 5 gallon air compressor, and hand tools... maybe $500.00 at most.

All of which was collected over the past 20+ years. All of which is still working as well as or better than the day I bought it.

I've spent far more on Automotive tools than wood working tools. My two roll away tool chests have well over $5000.00 worth of automotive tools in them.

If Woodworking is so much fun why isn't it called WoodFUNNING?

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Well done TS! Have I ever met you,your pic in the Avatar looks familiar?
Itchy you didnt say lol or anything but you are kidding right?

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