ST. PAUL, Minn. – When the founders of the new St. Paul Tool Library put out a call for tool donations, they didn’t expect their shop floor to be filled by one man. But then, they hadn’t counted on David Merry.
When Merry donated his entire massive collection of woodworking tools, the tool library gained, in a single donation, an inventory it thought might take a year to complete.
“It was an amazing donation, I’m still flabbergasted,” says Pete Hoh, a member of the library’s local advisory board. 
But the tool library gained something even better: Merry.
“Almost every time we’re open, Dave’s here,” laughs Hoh. “It’s not like we just got the stuff, we got the guy.”
Merry’s expertise is valued as he walks between his former table saw, planer, jointer and assorted other power tools, helping the tool library’s less experienced members with their projects.
The 78-year-old makes it clear there is no place he’d …