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RESERVED for robinstreasurechest until 6/5/12 - 1950's Craftsman Model 110.7820 Power Sander - Polisher

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Nobody liked sanding more than Chip Benson. Running his hand across a freshly sanded piece of wood was almost a religious experience for Chip. He ran a small cabinet making business in Rockford, Illinois so he had plenty of opportunity to sand to his heart’s content. Then on a warm spring day back in 1955, Chip was called upon to take his zeal for sanding to a higher level. That day, he received a knock at the door from his Pastor from the Rockford First Covenant Church. Pastor Lundstrom had come by to ask Chip for some help with a serious matter down at the church. Apparently during worship service the Sunday prior, Gladys Bergquist had been sliding sideways across the wooden pews while trying to reach her purse and she became impaled on “her backside” (as Pastor Lundstrom put it) with a large sliver of wood. An infection ensued and now she was suffering from an infected left buttock. The Covenant Women were showering her with casseroles but Pastor Lundstrom's wife had made it clear that he needed to take swift and immediate action against 'life-threatening' pews.

Once Chip had heard of the plight of poor Mrs. Bergquist, he immediately dropped what he was doing and grabbed his Sears Craftsman pad sander along with a generous supply of sandpaper and made a beeline for the church. He went to work with his sander, carefully sanding each of the forty-eight wooden pews. After nine hours of constant sanding Pastor Lundstrom stopped by to check on his progress. Chip had just finished the job when the pastor stepped in. As he methodically wrapped the sander’s electrical cord in neat loops he assured the wary pastor, “Pastor, there’s absolutely no buts about it, you’ll have no further problems with splinters on these pews.”

It took a few seconds before the two of them began to smirk, giggle and then break into gut-wrenching laughter as Chip's few words sunk in. Lucky for them all the Covenant Women were still over at the Bergquist house caring for Gladys and nobody was around to see them abandon all decorum.

Here's an outstanding example of mid-century U.S.A. industrial age design. This Sears Craftsman model 110.7820 pad sander/polisher is a well-made heavy duty, all metal power tool made to last. No plastic body on this unit, it is made of industrial strength aluminum and weighs in at almost 8lbs. It is 9" long and 6.75" tall and features a stylish curved handle and Art Deco inspired vents plus each side has a "CRAFTSMAN" trademark in embossed lettering on a field of red. We tested this sand and it appears to be fully operational. The sanding/polishing pad is 7" X 3 3/8". If you are a woodworker, you'll appreciate the weight of this sander as it actually sands instead of bouncing around like modern power sanders. This tool was produced by Sears in the mid 1950's.

This power tool is in good working vintage condition. The motor sounds good and everything looks operational. The aluminum body is in overall good shape and relatively clean for its age. Since it is aluminum, we found no rust to the exterior. The top left vent has a piece that has broken off and there's some minor dings to the metal pad railing. The electrical cord has lots of cracks to the plastic insulation and some spots that have been taped. We would recommend replacing the cord if you are going to use it on a regular basis.
Greg Boydston
Dee Ann Boydston

RESERVED for robinstreasurechest until 6/5/12 - 1950's Craftsman Model 110.7820 Power Sander - Polisher


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