SouthEast PortlandTool Library
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Tool purchases, 3/2015

Don’t you wish we had more copies of the most popular tools, so there’d be one on the shelf right when you need it? Well yesterday we used some of your generous donations to add six of those items to our collection, ready for you to borrow. Get working.

BOSTITCH Hammer Drill Kit, our #32077


  • Drill and Hammerdrill modes provide optimal performance in a wide variety of materials
  • 7 Amp motor and a dual speed transmission (0-1100/0-3100)
  • Side handle with depth rod
  • 1/2″ Keyed metal chuck

Bosch Hammer Drill Masonry Bit Set, our #32078


  • Includes 7 commonly used hammer drill bits
  • Ideal for use with concrete, stone, and masonry
  • High-temperature brazing prevents carbide-cutting edge from breaking out
  • Softened shanks have ANSI-compliant aggressive gripping power

DEWALT 20-Piece Drill Bit Set, our #32079 and #32080


  • 135-degree split-point design reduces slip and walking
  • These bits are ideal for drilling in metal, wood, and plastics.

 Earthwise Electric Tiller/Cultivator, our #32081


  • 11-inches cutting width
  • 8-1/2-inches cutting depth
  • Dual 4 blade steel tines

Makita 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder, our #32082


  • Conveniently located side-mounted switch
  • Small circumference barrel grip for improved handling
  • Spindle lock for easy wheel changes
  • 7.5 AMP motor for high output power in a more compact tool (only 4.5 lbs.)

Repair Cafe, Fri Mar 20, 2015


WHAT: Repair Cafe WHERE: St David of Wales Church, Parish Hall DATE: Friday, March 20, 2015  TIME: 6 - 8:30 pm Register This is SEPTL's second Repair Cafe, a festive event where volunteers from all over Portland will be on hand to fix items … [Continue reading]

Spring Seed Swap Feb 28, 2015

Days are getting  longer. You can feel Spring is just around the corner! In the Pacific Northwest, late February to early March is the right time to start planting early-season veggies like peas, which means it’s not too early to start thinking … [Continue reading]

The inventory crew thanks you!


Our last post - with all those graphs - showed what a busy place SEPTL is.  In fact so many of you are currently using tools that there were fewer on the shelves for our truly awesome Annual Inventory crew to have to count! And for that the … [Continue reading]

Looking at our stats


It's easy to see that the tool library fills a real need in our community, just look at the numbers:     … [Continue reading]

“My first wood furniture project”


Jed sent along photos for us to share of a project he recently completed using SEPTL tools. In his words: "Here are some shots of the cart I made with the help of SEPTL. It was my first wood furniture project, and was really fun to do. Knowing … [Continue reading]

Earn PDX Time Bank hours!


New! Help SEPTL and you'll earn hours! Okay so what does that mean? Simple. When you donate time to help SEPTL, you'll earn hours that you can then use to "pay" someone else to work for YOU! There are uncountable services that … [Continue reading]

A few new tools to show off


Recent acquisitions include: RIDGID 6-gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum, our #31999 Ryobi  5-Amp Corded Hand Planer, our #32000 3-1/4 in. maximum planing width.   Harbor Freight (Model #43150) Metal Detector, our #31996  It is … [Continue reading]

We feel the love!


Our members and neighbors were incredibly generous at the close of last year giving to the 2014 Willamette Week Give!Guide. The three participating tool libraries will each get one third of the $6600 total that was donated to the Portland Tool … [Continue reading]

Attic insulation workshop, Jan 10, 2015


Community Energy Project has a new workshop that teaches you how to insulate your unused, flat attic (the space between your roof and ceiling). This is a great workshop for those looking to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, understand the … [Continue reading]