Who are we?The West Philly Tool Library loans tools to community members so they can perform simple home maintenance, tend their yards and gardens, build furniture, start projects, and learn new skills in a safe and affordable manner. We aim to be a community resource to provide home owners, tenants, long-time residents, and newcomers with the tools (and the knowledge to work the tools!) they need.
When are we open?We are open every Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Where are we?We are located at 1314 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, PA. We are in a warehouse on the east side of South 47th Street about 200 feet south of Woodland Ave.
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Share your project!Have you made something cool with things you've borrowed from the Tool Library? We'd love to hear about it and share it with our members. Please email photos, too, with your description of what you made. And check out other members' projects here.
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Category Archives: Member project
This is one of those tools that really illustrates the value of the tool library. Until you need to put up a chain link fence, you probably have no idea it exists. You’ll only ever use one once or twice, … Continue reading
From Evan L.: “Here’s the shelves that I installed with your hammer drill!!” (Have you built anything cool lately with tools from the Tool Library? Please share them with us! Email to email@example.com.)
From Patrick: “Attached is a photo of a rope bed built almost entirely with equipment from the West Philly Tool Library.” (Have you built anything cool lately with tools from the Tool Library? We’d love to see your photos. Email … Continue reading
I made a new desk out of cut-off flooring boards using several tools from the Tool Library. First, I used some long clamps to help glue the boards together. Then, I used a palm grip sander from the Tool Library … Continue reading
I found this large 92″ x 25″ mirror in our basement. It had been there since before we moved in. I cleaned it up, added a red oak frame, and hung it in our living room. I borrowed the 12″ … Continue reading
A group of over 25 local philadelphias, mostly from west philly, came together Sunday afternoon to help clean-up Squirrel Hill Falls Park, located at 48th and Chester Ave. The park has been closed for some time and the Clean-Up Day was … Continue reading
I used a WPTL router table and bit to rout the decorative corners, then used a table saw to carefully slice them into proper size. The mirror is actually supported by the standard cheap plastic clips, but the wood corners … Continue reading
Builder: Robert Monk Electric WPTL’s adjustable dado cutting blade, for table saws, allows one to join planks into each other for extra strength without the need for angle braces or excessive fasteners. Note that the width of a dado cutting setup … Continue reading
Builder: Benjamin White I renovated my whole house in January and February after buying it in December. I have very few tool of my own so my membership at the tool library definitely gets a lot of the credit for … Continue reading
Ailanthus House needed more shelving in the wasted space between our refrigerator and the corner behind it. So we borrowed from WPTL a speed-square, chalk line, level, circular saw, finish nailer and contour guage to supplement tools already on-hand, and … Continue reading