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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 11-12-2009 08:06 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2009 08:06 PM

Well, with the birthof our first son about 3 months ago, I think/hope my tools will have a place to go after I do. Who here has a plan for their tools after your usage is over? Do you have a son/daughter, nephew, co-workers, or auction?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#1 posted 11-12-2009 08:20 PM

You mean you can’t take them with you!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 08:38 PM

well, sad to say the woodworking gene didnt really get passed onto either of my boys…at least it hasnt showed up sone being almost 30 and the other 25…so i leave my tools to my sweet wife and she will either sell to help her with needed funds..or maybe my sons will get a few things..prob hand tools..the larger items…table saw , planer …jointer….ect…will prob be sold…..they will have given me there use, and can go to another woodworker who will enjoy them also…i hope…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 08:44 PM

Good question that has crossed my mind as I continue to get older and continue to upgrade the size and quality of the tool.
My son and son in-law are more mechanics than wood workers so they won’t want more that the hand tools I have. I have two step sons and one might want them but based on observations he does not take care of his stuff so they will probably just rust away. I would rather have them sold than given to him. His interest is in milling and selling wood…he actually makes a living (sort of) doing that. My step-daughter in-law would probably be interested but she doesn’t have the space or time so forget that. I currently have no other family members who are interested but there is still time for a grandchild to develop an interest so hope is not lost.
Maybe I can live long enough to wear then out (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 08:54 PM

Cause for thought. I’ve never sat and thought about it but I would hope one of my daughters would take an interest in wood working and be a logical heir. If not them or their future spouse then I would ask to have a few special hand tools laid to rest with me and the remainder dispersed to family members. i’m having a hard time with the auctioning off of items, but I supose after I’m gone what difference would it make.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#5 posted 11-12-2009 08:57 PM

My daughters and grandkids get to decide that when the time comes.
And if they can’t do it nicely there will be a gigantic sucking sound when I decide to take it with me after all!!!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#6 posted 11-12-2009 08:59 PM

i’m only in my mid thirties but i have been thinking about this topic lately, i do have a daughter and i hope that someday she will be interested in woodworking even if only for a hobby. but i guess that if she didn’t want it that the wife would first give all my woodworking buddies what they want and then donate the rest to a school, all that is except my grandfathers #4 stanley smoother, i will be buried with that.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 11-12-2009 09:16 PM

Sister in law, unless my father outlives me. These are sad thoughts.

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#8 posted 11-12-2009 09:20 PM

How about donating them to LJs members:-))

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#9 posted 11-12-2009 10:44 PM

I can be adopted. I promise not to help anyone on their exit from this place.

-- Rick... A tree knows more about wood then I do.

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#10 posted 11-12-2009 11:04 PM

No younguns here yet. But honestly, I am hoping that by the time I go, my tools will be so worn out nobody will want them…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#11 posted 11-12-2009 11:14 PM

Man does it really matter ? And if it does then make a will if your worried about them. It’s true many of have very large investments of both time and money in our shops. My take is you won’t need it were it’s going so don’t worry.Worrying about this everytime you lay out on another expensive purchase is no use just spend buy and for goodness sake enjoy what you have while you can then let those you leave behind worry about it.As said if that doesn’t suit you leave a will.Ps I’ll publish my address for the sake of those making willsLOLAlistair

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

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#12 posted 11-13-2009 12:14 AM

Viking funeral

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 03:39 AM

Ha ha ha….I like the Viking funeral option.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 11-13-2009 03:46 AM

storage unit ? :’(

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 11-13-2009 03:54 AM

Sorry LJ’S I must confess, I’m ANAL when it comes to the future of my tools when I am gone. I keep a data base inventory of most of my tools. It lists the tools name, model#, the date I bought it and the real price I paid for it. This is for my wife’s benefit. Around here, alot of my woodworking friends and relatives turn into thieves. I want my wife to have some idea what things could be worth if she needed to sell them. Or plan “B” would be for her to find a fat, old, smelly, grumpy, retired plumber/maintenance man to fill in the blank. Man some SOB is going to grin from ear to ear with three rows of teeth when he gets it all. The shop I mean.

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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