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Blog entry by bobincarmichael posted 05-19-2010 09:34 PM 1267 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m an old guy in Carmichael, CA (suburb of Sacramento). Been making sawdust for quite a few years as a hobby, but it’s getting tougher to do as my body wears out faster than my mind. I’m wondering what to do with all ny woodworking gear if I croak—really don’t want to put that burden on my wife.

I’ve been hoping to locate a dealer who could buy the whole lot (a 3-car garage that’s so full I have to put all the machines on casters, so I can move them around for access). So far, no luck.

Anybody know a dealer I could contact? I’d prefer not to use Craig’s list, because of the risks involved.

Appreciate any feedback

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 09:41 PM

Forget about it unless you wish to sell now.If it’s becoming a burden then that’s another thing and it seems like it’s worrying you why not have a one day auction,either at your home or the auctioneers premises .
An auctioneer would maybe be willing to give advice.If you’re still using and enjoying it forget about dying and enjoy somone will sort it out for hard cash somewhere.Also don’t you have slightly younger friends aquainteancies family who could step in??? anyway try an auctioneers they might well categorise everything and sell after you pass on.this is something we all have to worry about or some of us as I don’t care tuppence what happens to it as I have three sons, and intend to be making something as I die.LOL .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 10:44 PM

Thanks, Scotsman.

I hadn’t thought of an auction—Good idea. A friend also suggested a gift to a charity, like Boys Club. No close friends or family that would have a clue of what to do with the stuff, or where to put it.

Anyway, thanks and good fortune to you!

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 11:18 PM

Don’t overestimate the risks of Craigslist. I’ve bought and sold many a thing on there without issue, and it’s not like big heavy woodworking equipment is an easy theft target.

The worst that’s happened to me on Craigslist is when I responded to an ad about an iMac and got “meet me in the Ikea parking lot in a town 20 miles from where I advertised the article”, it was pretty easy to say “uh, not gonna happen” to that one. Pretty obvious something was shady there, but I’ve bought lots of good wood and tools on it, and I’d do it again.

And if you really feel the need to protect yourself, make sure you’ve got a friend or two around when people come by to look at the tools.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 01:58 AM


Being that you are in Carmichael, you may already be a memeber of Sacramento Area Woodworkers (SAW) – . I’m in Vacaville and have looked at their website, but have not joined SAW, yet. They may be another source for information.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 02:10 AM

If you think you may croak before you unload your tools, make sure you tell your wife what they are really worth, and not what you told her you paid for them…

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 03:26 AM

As a group you will have to take a big discount. How about making a list of values for each item and even photos then she can contact an auctioneer when and if you go first.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 04:18 AM

Something to think about -

I work for a non-profit organisation. We receive thousands of donations (in goods/materials) every year. More than once, we’ve been contacted by people who wish to ensure that after they pass, their beloved items will see a good new home. And that I can recall, we have had two people pass that had us in their will as the receiver of their hobby items. In fact, one of those two was a pretty avid woodworker and I ended up going through his pole barn myself. His wife received some extremely hefty donation receipts for everything, we’ve sorted through it all and have distributed items to people we work with that can use them and the rest go in our shop for members/visitors to utilise.

Not sure what may be available in your area, but I bet there’s something.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 02:30 PM

Sorry to hear of your misfortune, unfortunately we all we have to face that day ourselves. It sounds as if your friend has given you some good advice. What better legacy could you leave, but to leave a shop full of tools to our youth. Something that would allow their creative imaginations to work with. Yes donating is a very generous act. A local non profit organization such as a church youth program, Boys Club or other youth orientated organization. This could also lead to mentoring our youth as well, giving you something to still do and experience the joy others receive from your generosity. Of course I do understand that financially this may not be feasible to do. Good luck in your endeavors to dissolve your shop to spare your wife the agony of having to do it.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 06:01 PM

I would suggest sending a PM to Blake. He has connections in the used tool dealer world and is stand-up guy.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 05-22-2010 06:15 AM

One word of caution, non-profits, charities etc., worry about being sued using older tools, like table saws without the saw stop technology, the slightest fray on an electrical cord. So much liability to risk for such a small donation of old used tools. The land sharks make it a tough world out there.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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