Has anyone solved the problem of what to do with equipment and supplies upo
n death? The wife and I are going over our wills,etc. and this has come up.
I don't have any children and none of my siblings are interested in woodwo
rking. I was thinking of leaving my stuff to one of the local HS woodshops.
But I also was wondering if there was a non-profit that would aid students
to get scholarships at some of the woodworking schools (College of the Red
woods, North Bennett, etc.). Did anyone find anything like that?
If you don't find anybody who wants it, at least write down the
correct name for each item so that if it ends up on craingslist it'll
at least be labelled properly.
[There seem to be people who think that any saw that has any sort of
table, or sits on a bench/table is a "table saw".]
Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards Yow! I had pancake makeup
at for brunch!
Well, at least in my area "Wood shop" is a thing of the far past in any pub
lic school. Between liability, funding and of course the new total focus on
teaching self esteem and ethnic studies, there isn't any room for actual u
seful skills being taught.
Maybe you can see if there are any local wood working clubs that might have
some idea. Yes, I think something like College of the Redwoods or other re
spected organization might have a conduit for this stuff if you pre-arrange
it with them. Maybe get involved in charitable time/effort now with such a
n org so you have some real connection to the org.
My woodworking club (about 900 members as I recall) occasionally receives
estate items ranging from a few tools, to buildings full of wood, to whole
shops. We're a 501(c)3 so there are tax advantages for the estate if they
need them. In regards to the tools, if they can be used in our shops they
are kept. Everything else is surplused (auctioned) with the monies used to
support our programs. Wood is generally auctioned though in some cases it
goes towards community service projects.
We regularly receive lists of estate tools for sale from deceased member's
families and non-members who were directed to us. In those cases the estate
conducts its own transactions with the club member buyers.
Another option might be to talk with your local Boy Scout Council, another
501(c)3. There may be a need for tools there and they could sell the
remainder off to fund their programs or cover capital expenses.
I have created a list of the major stuff in my shop with the minimum price my wife should accept for each, assuming neither of my kids wants the stuff. The risk in this, of course, is that she may sell out my shop to get her car back in the garage.
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