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Forum topic by CaptnA posted 12-29-2007 07:00 PM 1168 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2007 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: donation tools serviceable ideas

Hey y’all
Been reading a lot on this site – got all manner of ideas running rampant through a normally empty sedate head. After reading the ‘what we got for Christmas’ forum and some others, I have a question/idea/ whatever you’d call it.
I did an ‘inventory’ in the shop and I have some tools that although serviceable I never use. (Nope – not counting the wobblehead dado ) for instance- I have lots of corded electric drills. Two I know I haven’t used in over 8 years – since packing and moving the first time. The list grew quickly on tools that I just never use – the “old” scrollsaw – we got a new one, then a GOOD one…. etc
The local high schools have done away with wood shop class.
I don’t know anyone still in the boy scouts and my attempts to find information there haven’t yielded much in the way of results.
Here it come – if anyone is still reading – How can I give new life to serviceable tools I don’t have a real use for?
I can’t afford to send them to the Islands of Gotno Money, or to include an ac generator…
The local charities I know of that do work (such as rebuilding in La. after the hurricanes etc), told me they could ALWAYS use cash donations but had no need for old tools….
I’m not much on Ebay and such – packing- shipping costs sheesh…. they’re old tools, not gold and not antiques
I’d LIKE to donate them to a good home and not just the local pawn shop for a pitiful sum.
Any ideas appreciated.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 12-29-2007 07:08 PM

Habitat for Humanity? The local entity here in Omaha has a store where they sell material left over from the projects they are sponsor. If they can’t use the tools at least they could sell them. Just my 2ยข.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 12-29-2007 07:28 PM

You might check with a community playhouse – they need stuff to build sets. Sometimes they can use your half-used cans of paint, too.

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#3 posted 12-29-2007 08:18 PM

There’s always the donation route. Goodwill or Salvation Army comes to mind. You get a tax write-off in the process.

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#4 posted 12-30-2007 12:51 AM

How about helping a returning vet rebuild his life with your extra tools?

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#5 posted 12-30-2007 02:20 AM

See I KNEW you guys would have some ideas – And not just for me either I imagine.
Thanks to all of you guys and or gals

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#6 posted 12-30-2007 02:32 AM

If nobody here has a need (and I’m sure some of us do)... do you have a donation table at your towns recycling center? We’ve passed along lots of kids toys and books that way… I’ve seen small kitchen appliances there too.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 12-30-2007 02:36 PM

maybe a senior’s home would like to set up a woodworking area.
or an after-school program

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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