If I haven’t already made this clear in previous posts, I’m not a rich man. I never have been though someday I hope to be more comfortable with my finances than I am now. Because of this, I sometimes need to be creative when I’m looking to get something new. I don’t think the things I do are uncommon, however. Often this means I wait and wait and end up not getting the thing. Other times, I’ll save for it over the course of several months until I can justify spending that chunk of money. The best, however, is when I can get the thing I want to buy for free. I really like when that happens.
I’ve written ad nauseam in the past about my ShopSmith 10ER. It’s a great tool that does a whole lot of things as long as you have the attachments for it. Luckily for me, I got a whole box of attachments with mine and I basically have a whole shop in one machine. However, one thing the ShopSmith does not do very well
That being said, imagine my delight when I saw someone offering up an old 10″ Craftsman table saw (113.299040), for free. Before I had a chance to think about it, I had responded to the Craigslist ad offering to take it off the person’s hands. What I didn’t have time to think about was, A: will I have space for it? and B: will Ellie mind if I bring yet another massive tool into the house.
Craigslist is a funny place. People are flakes and they have odd expectations of the people they’re buying from and selling to. Like, it’s 10:00 pm can I
After I sent an email to the person about the saw, I waited for about an hour before I hear back from him and he says that I can have it, can I come to get it that night? I couldn’t, and I let him know that I could get it in the morning and asked what time would work for him. He tells me 9:00 am. Since I was having dinner with my family, I wasn’t able to respond right away. When I do go to respond, I read my emails and find that he decided to give it to another guy. I hadn’t read that when I confirmed I’d be there at 9:00 am. I email him back and say that if he still has it, I’ll still come in the morning. I was disappointed because I had my hopes up. My disappointment didn’t last long because he emailed back and said the other guy didn’t show and I could still get it in the morning. So I set an alarm that guaranteed I’d be there not a minute after
I get there, and he had just gotten home from somewhere and was ready to load it up. We put it in the back of my Tiguan and I drive home. In my rear-view mirror, I start to realize how large it is, filling up nearly the whole back of my car. I also think about how it took two of us to hoist it into the car and even that didn’t seem like enough people. Nevertheless, I was in no position to dump the saw on the side of the road so I drove home. I grabbed my tools and set about disassembling the thing into pieces I could carry down into the basement. It took a while because a lot of the bolts I needed to remove were only accessible from the bottom, which was on the floor of my car. Eventually, I got it into small enough bits that I could carry it all myself. So into the basement
There, I set about cleaning up the decades old sawdust. Some of it in the blade guard was caked on so thick that it had started to form into a new piece of wood. Most of it came away easily with a paintbrush. Once clean, I started the long process of putting it all back together. I reattached the motor and the trunion to the underside of the table. I attached the legs to that and then very carefully hoisted it upright. It was tedious work of reattaching the table extensions after that and putting the blade guard and rip fence on as finishing touches.
I now had a table saw. In. the. middle. of. my. shop.
If I had to estimate, the thing weighs a couple hundred pounds. The table top is cast iron. It’s the kind of beefy table saw that seems hard to come by, for cheap at least, these days. It was a couple hundred pounds that I couldn’t easily move out of my way. So I looked up
That’s about where I am with the saw. I did make one test cut and it seems to cut fine. I still need to clean up the surface rust on the table top and then seal it with some wax. I also need to spend a good deal of time squaring up everything about the saw. I want to be able to make accurate cuts, otherwise
To help justify the table saw to Ellie, I’m going to take the old timers’ advice on every woodworking forum I’ve ever spent time on, build her something using the new tool. Likely most of what I use the saw for will in some way benefit Ellie, but I’ll have to make her a special project or two at the beginning.
Do you think I scored a deal or a load of junk?