Welcome to the forum, Phil.
My wife has a pretty good idea of what has value and what doesn't after our days past buying and flipping a few houses, plus selling and buying our primary home with LOTS of work done with her being the Project Manager. Our kids, no clue. I'm visualizing a fleet of dumpsters if they do the disposal... not just my shop but the house full of collectibles and STUFF we happen to like. Memorabilia they have no memory of, its OUR memories. Never mind, just us old folks' pity party.... let's go build something! (We need to put a laminate or wood floor in a bedroom - anyone have an idea how to do it without breaking my back on my knees? We did a dining room a few houses and decades back so we get it.)There are people out there who would kill to have our tools. I know of one who'd build a shop just to house what I have.
Maybe a contest?
Meanwhile, I've started assembling a binder broken into sections for sanding, drilling, carving, copper plating, sawing and so on. It contains photos of the table, band, scroll, saber and other saws, including hand saws.
Details are give regarding the table saw accessories, like dado blades, the over arm dust collection-guard, the box joint jig, the Merlin Splitter, the Shop Fox kick down extension, the mortising jig and so on. It shows the calipers that would cost $120 to replace, the Narex chisels, the draw knife, the mallets and hammers, the fortune in bits, the letter and other templates and so on. It describes the variable speed, four wheel grinder with CBN wheels.
Included are retail prices and replacement prices. In the end, it's a way of insuring some ass doesn't convince my wife to sell my cabinet saw for five hundred bucks, with a warning that it may not happen overnight.
Oh you're going all right... Up, Down, Sideways... But you're going!!! 🤪I'm not concerned. I'm just not going!
So many people just don't appreciate something that was given to them. If they have to work to pay for it THEN they will take care of it!Unfortunately, I'm nearing the same situation. When each of my kids (1 boy, 3 girls) got married, I went to one of the big box stores and filled up a large tool box with a variety of hand tools, hardware and a drill, to get them started in taking care of their various residences. What happened? Each time I visited they had a list of jobs for me to do and, oh yeah, that tool box is around here somewhere. When I found it, it was always in terrible condition.
In terms of my wood shop, everything will have to go, either when I can no longer do the work, or when I'm no longer around. In terms of "no longer around", I've been working on a "survivor's book" for either my wife or kids depending on the situation. Pricing out the larger tools in my shop will be part of that. My brother did that before he passed and it made life much easier for his widow. None of it is a pleasant task but part of life.