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70 year old grandmother miters

Barbara, one of valued volunteers,  sent along some photos of her home improvement project, and this report that just aches to be online:

2015-04-18 11.37.21“A compound miter saw is a wondrous thing, especially if you own a not-quite-square 90 year old house. This baseboard project had LOTS of odd-angle mitered corners, and with stained wood, caulk wasn’t an option.

Thanks to SEPTL and the other SEPTL volunteers for keeping this valuable resource open, and for providing me with good tool recommendations and tools large and small, some of which I didn’t even know existed until they were recommended or I discovered them while checking items back in to the tool library.

I’m a retired computer programmer, and I didn’t have a lot of woodworking experience before I started this home improvement process. I could wield a paintbrush, a sander, and an electric drill, but that was about it.

Most of all, it was fun, and I feel very satisfied every time I walk upstairs and see my handiwork.

I should also give a shout out to the PCC woodworking classes and the shop and shop teachers at Franklin High School for instruction and access to tools for making built-ins, and some wooden toys for my grandchildren.

Back in my day, girls weren’t allowed to take shop. We were required to take home ec. And vice-versa for boys.

SEPTL means that everyone can take on projects large and small, even 70 year old grandmothers!”

– Barbara






AFTER Barbara measured, cut, and installed the complex miter-jointed baseboards, final appearance:






A few relaxing hours with friends


Last week a group of us spent a few relaxing hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon repairing tools. Let us know  if you'd like to get in on the fun. (That's Joan behind the camera.) … [Continue reading]

Tool Sharpening May 9, 2015


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Closing at noon Apr 4, 2015

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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 … [Continue reading]

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]