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Member project: New life for an antique chair

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

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Member highlight: PowerCorps PHL

Since joining the Tool Library in March as an organizational member, PowerCorps leaders have become familiar faces at the Tool Library, regularly stopping by for our extension ladders, rakes, and extension poles. PowerCorps has used Tool Library tools to rehab

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Roundup: LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day

Saturday, November 14, was the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day. This year, Tool Library tools were used by neighbors of Barkan Park (49th & Spruce) and by neighbors of Cedar Park (50th &

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Member highlight: City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Junior Farmers

If you are reading this blog, the term “tool library” may seem self-explanatory, but, when you explain it to someone who has never heard of the concept, you see their imagination begin to turn. Their eyes narrow and their gaze drifts

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Tool Spotlight: The Fence Stretcher

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,

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Shelves installed with a hammer drill from the Tool Library

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 info@westphillytools.org.)

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Rope bed made from Tool Library tools

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

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Desk made with 10″ oak flooring cut-offs

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

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New dining room mirror

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″

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Squirrel Hill Falls Park Clean-Up Day

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

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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.