SouthEast PortlandTool Library
Like the public library... but for tools

Tool Repair aka Pizza Events


Well your friends and neighbors have been busy again. Over two days this week, twelve (12!) volunteers spent several hours evaluating damaged tools,  repairing when possible, and recycling when the item was beyond hope. We always have a great time, share a Hot Lips pizza (which gives us a 15% discount because we’re so cool), and have fine time learning and helping each other do the repairs.

Some of the jobs are straightforward, like taping a tool handle, and others take quite a lot of skill and patience, like rewiring a belt sander, but there is always something fun to do.

Our plan is to do it again in early October, so if you’d like to join in, let us know here. There are absolutely no prerequisite skills or experience needed!





Even MORE new tools for you.


We've pooled your generous donations and bought even more tools for you to use: __ Toro 12 amp Variable Speed Electric Blower Vacuum. #31893 ____________________________ Chicago Electric  18 Volt Cordless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver with Keyless … [Continue reading]

Hospital treats SEPTL volunteer as VIP


There are so many benefits to becoming a SEPTL volunteer, but here's one we had not recognized 'til now. For the past few weeks, Thursday night visitors may have noticed that I have been trying, poorly, to fill in for Joe who injured a knee and is … [Continue reading]

Recent tool purchases


Overdue fines and your generous donations allow us to purchase new tools. Recent additions are: PORTER-CABLE  Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor with 13-Piece Accessory Kit #31869 ___________________________________ DEWALT  2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet … [Continue reading]

Neighborhood Fairs and Picnics, oh my!

Steve Couche, the driving force who made SEPTL a reality in 2010, is still out at every opportunity letting our neighbors know about the wonder that is the Tool Library. On July 26th, Steve will have a table set up at the Division/Clinton Street … [Continue reading]

Rules changed

1) Tools are now due back by NOON on Saturday rather than 10am, and due back Tuesday and Thursday by 7 pm closing time. 2) The rest of this post was clear as mud, so I've rewritten it. This rule change is about borrowing or renewing when you have … [Continue reading]

Seismic Retrofit Workshop – July 2014

When our last Seismic Retrofit Workshop filled to overflowing in January, we promised you a repeat engagement, and here it is for all of you who were turned away. For this Workshop we are once again tapping the skills and generosity of Michael Wieber … [Continue reading]

Tool Sharpening May 10, 2014


GET YOUR TOOLS SHARPENED AND HELP SEPTL TOO! DATE: Saturday, May 10, 2014 TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm WHERE: Parking lot of St. David’s Episcopal Church on the corner of SE 28th and Harrison Street. See the flyer This is the time to get a … [Continue reading]

Sheetrocking, pizza continue


We we were at it again. Not all the sheetrock got hung but we made good progress and all of us gained new skills. And of course we had a great time together. Pizza included, as always. - e michael Photos credit: Julie, our new volunteer … [Continue reading]

New Rule about Late Fines

Simple Rules

At SEPTL we have a love/hate relationship with Late Fines. On the one hand we really want tools to be returned on time so they are available for others to borrow. On the other hand Late Fines are our primary source of income which we use to buy new … [Continue reading]