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In responding to one of the new members, I realized that the person I was planning to have inherit my shop full of tools, is not really interested and will probably just sell them.

I know I'm not alone in hating the idea of that happening, or leaving it to my wife and daughter to sell them for practically nothing. Then the thought occurred to me that I might give them away to a good cause, but where will they wind up then? Many schools have given up on shop classes and won't accept tools, even high quality ones. Maybe give them to a charity to sell, but then again, the shop and all those expensive tools will likely still be sold for a song and wind up sitting unused and rusting.

Then I thought, why not give them to someone on the Forum who can't afford great tools, and would make good use of them? Further, maybe put it in my will with instructions on how to execute the gift as some sort of a contest to select a worthy recipient. That person would have to rent a (large) truck and arrange to pick up the whole shop (read my tool list, it's long, and there are hundreds of small items too) within 10 days. Fly here, rent a truck, load up and drive back home.

I plan to stick around for a few more years, but the idea appeals to me. My wife is set up pretty well and would like to move elsewhere after I depart the scene, so she doesn't need the paultry amount she'd get selling them. I'd be happy knowing the tools were getting used by someone who values them.

No sure what kind of contest it should be, would have the admins and contributors select the winner. Maybe something the entrants made using limited tools? I'd like some suggestions for the selection criteria.

I think there are a lot of us older guys in this situation who might consider something like this. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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That sounds like a great idea Tom. My wife has often said that when I kick off she is putting a sign at the end of the driveway saying free, help yourself. I know I have well over a 100,000 tied up in tools and my son in law has no use for them and takes care of nothing when he borrows anything. Another alternative is an organization like one we have here, (A Tool Library for Greater Victoria - Victoria Tool Library) a tool library. I have been giving this some thought. but I will have to see where my grand children's interests lie as they get older before I make any decisions.
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Mine are going to the government. My neighbor , a coworker and a friend have been pleading with me to make a Will out to them, but resist knowing they’ll hire a hit man to take me out .
It’s a sad situation lol

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I have purchased many of my tools from estate auctions. One of my most successful events was for a Mr. Miller, who had an incredible woodworking shop, yet passed without anyone interested in inheriting it from him. He had devoted a lot of his time to working with a local park, and his assets were auctioned off and the proceeds donated to further some of the activities there.
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I plan to stick around for a few more years

Glad to hear that, Tom!

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Had my wife read this and she likes the idea of not having to fool around with getting rid of the tools. I think one condition would be that to win, you have to have a shop space or double garage big enough to hold all the stuff. (The winner will need lots of shelves and cabinet space for all the goodies). I like this idea and would really appreciate some feedback and suggestions on this. Maybe some of the folks who'd love to have tools can suggest some way of checking some qualifications, or an appropriate competition. Thanks, I'm serious about this, although not in much of a hurry to do it.

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I read your idea in the random thread Tom,as I’m not 55 anymore, and I should seriously consider this .
I don’t have anyone to Will it to or would want to Will it to , but maybe I can find some organization to donate it to .
And if I did acquire a cnc , it may be educational for younger generations
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a coworker and a friend have been pleading with me to make a Will out to them, but resist knowing theyíll hire a hit man to take me out .
Itís a sad situation lol

never be worth more dead than alive.... it might give your heirs some ideas....
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Put the word out offering to tutor any youth who might be interested. If they stick with it they become the likely heirs. You accomplish 2 good deeds at the same time.
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In responding to one of the new members, I realized that the person I was planning to have inherit my shop full of tools, is not really interested and will probably just sell them.

I know I'm not alone in hating the idea of that happening, or leaving it to my wife and daughter to sell them for practically nothing.
Yes, reminds me of the joke told by my flyfishing friends: "I hope my wife doesn't sell my stuff for what I told her I paid for it".

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Then the thought occurred to me that I might give them away to a good cause, but where will they wind up then? Many schools have given up on shop classes and won't accept tools, even high quality ones. Maybe give them to a charity to sell, but then again, the shop and all those expensive tools will likely still be sold for a song and wind up sitting unused and rusting.

Then I thought, why not give them to someone on the Forum who can't afford great tools, and would make good use of them? Further, maybe put it in my will with instructions on how to execute the gift as some sort of a contest to select a worthy recipient. That person would have to rent a (large) truck and arrange to pick up the whole shop (read my tool list, it's long, and there are hundreds of small items too) within 10 days. Fly here, rent a truck, load up and drive back home.

I plan to stick around for a few more years, but the idea appeals to me. My wife is set up pretty well and would like to move elsewhere after I depart the scene, so she doesn't need the paultry amount she'd get selling them. I'd be happy knowing the tools were getting used by someone who values them.

No sure what kind of contest it should be, would have the admins and contributors select the winner. Maybe something the entrants made using limited tools? I'd like some suggestions for the selection criteria.

I think there are a lot of us older guys in this situation who might consider something like this. Any thoughts or suggestions?
I am glad I have close friends (the fellow riggers above) who are considerably younger than I who will take my machines and sell the for good prices so my daughter/whomever won't have to mess with it.

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