We here at the WPTL are excited to announce that both our Volunteer Ambassador Program, and Volunteer Tool Mechanic Program Contact Forms are up and running on our website!! Here is the link to get involved and become part of the WPTL Volunteer Ambassador Community today!
Thanks to our new friends at the Home Depot Store #4166 and their recent donation of lumber and supplies- we were able to provide West Philly resident’s with two empowering and fun tool workshops during the PEC’s Saturday DIY Day!!
Dear Tool Members,
The West Philly Tool Library will be open from 11:00am to 2:00pm tomorrow, Saturday 9/23, instead of our normal hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
~The West Philly Tool Library Team
In honor of Labor Day, the WPTL will be closed on Monday, September 4th! Any tools due on Monday may be returned on Tuesday, September 5th without incurring a late fee! Have a wonderful day Labor Day!!
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In Philadelphia, it’s common for homes to have wooden windows that are in need of attention. Join us here at the Tool Library on Saturday, March 26 at 3pm for the Tool Library’s first-ever Wooden Window Workshop.
This workshop will teach you why you should consider saving your historic windows, and how to completely restore them, including:
- Removing window sashes from the frame,
- Stripping peeling paint and removing aging glazing,
- Cutting replacement glass,
- Re-glazing window panes, and
- Painting sashes.
All materials provided.
The workshop is free, and it is being held on a first come, first serve basis with priority to our members. Although, no registration is required, we ask that you arrive on time, because the class has a limit of 10 participants!
The workshop will be led by Andrew Cushing, and it is sponsored by the Penn Design Social Impact Project.
The West Philly Tool Library is jumping into 2016 with a tool demonstration series that aims to build confidence when using our tools—no matter your prior experience with tools. Please join us in March in the Tool Library at the time and dates below to learn more about our tools and to get all of your questions answered. Join us for one demonstration, or join us for all! These events are free to members and only a $5 donation for non-members. There is no registration required; we just ask that you arrive on time! We welcome as many as our space can hold.
Demonstrations will be 15-30 minutes, followed by Q & A.
JOIN US AT THE TOOL LIBRARY
(Eye & ear protection provided, but feel free to bring your own.)
- MONDAY, MARCH 7, 7pm:
Tool self-reliance 101: Perfect for beginners, together participants will select ten essential tools and learn how to use them safely and properly.
- MONDAY, MARCH 14, 7pm:
Drills – Hammer drills, drivers, and rotary drills: Sometimes you need to drill a hole, sometimes you need extra oomph for screws/other fasteners, sometimes you need a hole in brick or block, and sometimes you need to chip up tile or remove some masonry—not sure which one does what? Then, this demo is for you! Also, many Philadelphia row homes and twins have brick & mortar walls. This demonstration will teach you how to go easy on your walls by teaching you when to use a drill and when to use a hammer drill, and more!
- MONDAY, MARCH 21, 7pm:
Angle grinders: This versatile tool is hard to beat when you need to grind or cut metal or masonry. We will demonstrate how to use it safely to grind metal, cut pipes and brick/block.
- THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 7pm
Circular saws: Hand held circular saw is the most conventional saw for cutting wood, but is also used for metal, masonry, plastic, etc. Handy for lumber, plywood, and more. Easy to use, allowing for accurate, straight cuts. We will demonstrate how to use safely + some tips, and introduce the worm-drive saw.
- MONDAY, MARCH 28, 7pm
Pneumatics (air tools and air compressors): We will look at air compressors and the demonstrate use of various air nailers including brad and finish nailers for trim and moulding, framing nailer, palm nailer, and flooring nailer and stapler.
See you then!
This weekend, Aaron, a West Philly Tool Library member, emailed us to share how he had used our tools most recently. Aaron reported that he had acquired a beautiful antique empire armchair in great condition, except that the bottom was falling out. With help from the Tool Library, he brought new life to his antique chair.
Aaron borrowed our upholstery kit (recently donated to the Tool Library!) and a staple gun, and followed the steps below to rejuvenate to his antique chair. He says the project not only was gratifying, but it was much cheaper to do it himself. Thanks for sharing your project with us, Aaron!
How has the West Philly Tool Library helped you finish indoor projects this winter?
Email us your projects to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP 0: Old chair seat
Old dust cover (which previously had been bolstered with denim)
Old dust cover
STEP 1: Remove old dust cover and old jute
Old jute, after removing the dust cover
STEP 2: Stretch new jute webbing and add a new dust cover
New jute webbing
New dust cover
STEP 3: Have a seat!
Good as new!