Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Reader's Exchange: They'd like wood shop to find good home with school or charity

Keith of Spring Hill has a very special offer, ideally meant for a school or a charitable organization. His father, who was a semiprofessional woodmaker and furnituremaker after his retirement from teaching art, recently passed away. Keith would like to give his father's entire wood shop to an organization or group that's classified as 501(c)(3). Because his father was a junior-senior high art teacher, Keith and his mother think that having a high school shop class be the recipient would honor his father the most, but he was also a veteran, and any legitimate charity will be considered.

There is another condition: The recipient must remove the entire wood shop. Keith says his father was fastidious with care and maintenance of the tools, and in his declining years his father hired professionals to maintain the equipment. The shop hasn't been used since last spring. The wood shop includes a Craftsman 9-inch bench top band saw; a Craftsman 10-inch flex drive table saw; a Woodtek sawdust collector; a Penn State 5-speed drill press; a Ryobi router table, valley bench grinder; a Black & Decker random orbit sander; a Ridge 12-gallon 4.25-horsepower wet-dry vacuum; bench tables; power tools and hand tools; more than two dozen clamps of various sizes; tool boxes; bits, bolts, nails and screws; and metal shelving. Also included is a full library of 20 books, plus back issues of Shop Notes and Woodsmith magazines and binders filled with plans and information.

If you are interested, you must pick it up, and it will take a truck and some strong arms to do so. Keith can be reached at (813) 994-4275. Please leave a message.

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After moving to the St. Petersburg area about eight years ago, the first thing Joanne and her husband did was plant edible fruit trees. Unfortunately, the trees were hampered by freeze and too much rain, and some just didn't make it. They are starting over with pineapples, papayas and bananas, and they say they are off to a good start without chemicals. However, they haven't been able to harvest as they had planned. They are hoping to find anyone in the Seminole, Madeira Beach, Largo or west St. Petersburg area that needs help harvesting avocados, citrus, mangoes or other tropical fruit, as they would be happy to help with their long picker tool in exchange for some fruit to take home. Joanne can be reached at (727) 395-0677.

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A few weeks ago, Mary of New Port Richey wrote in to say that she was cleaning out her house and had many items to give away. She wrote back and said the response was great and now she has more items to give to a good home. Mary has books on art (watercoloring, acrylics and pastels), brushes and a large easel for painting. She also has a 7-foot revolving Christmas tree with 600 lights already on it. She can be reached at (727) 375-9190.

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