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Shout out from !!!! What cool people :) Glad they like us :D Check their work out – truly talented folks!

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Last week we met with John Shea and Piper Watson of the Station North Tool Library, and we’re still buzzing from the meeting. They, along with a badass team of employees and volunteers, created a space where people can not only borrow tools, but also learn how to use them. Anyone can join for a suggested donation of $1 per every $1,000 made annually, and the donation grants full access to an enormous collection of tools. And after a safety class is completed, the back of the shop is available for workshops like knife making and wood working.

We love this idea of access. By (literally) giving people the tools to fix and create, endless possibilities arise. Folks from all backgrounds have converged to form a community of doers, simply because they feel empowered to create, and because they can get what they need to complete a project.


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Basics to Boxes – A Woodworking Day for Parents and Kids!


Mark you calendars!  monthly workshops  for parents/caregivers and kids!

Saturday, January 31st : Basics To Boxes

Build a toolbox – from scratch!  Participating parent-child teams will learn how to read a plan, make a sketch, measure, mark and handsaw parts for a basic “stuff box”, and a sturdy pine toolbox.  Use hand drills to create essential holes; activate hammers, nails, and glue to hold things together!  Each adult-child team goes home with a pair of boxes they created together, that last a lifetime.

All safety equipment, tools and materials provided, no prior experience necessary.  All projects go home!

Saturday 1/31/15  |  9a-12p  | $85 per adult/child pair  |  Limited space



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is ample street parking, and public transportation / bike options are plentiful and easy!

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Please leave your own tools, materials and how-to books at home!  Feel free to bring non-allergenic snacks to munch on at your leisure, we’ll have some too..  Also, this event is for teams of two – teams larger than two will have to sit this one out.

Who are these FutureMaker people?

FutureMakers is a team of Baltimore-based makers who coach tool, tech and material-based workshops for small hands with big ideas  Learn more about them at

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes!  Please email for more info!

This Weekend! Buy Local!

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Be awesome, buy locally made artwork and handcrafted items!  Station North Tool Librarians have made custom Chef’s Knives, Cutting Boards, Bike Racks, Screenprinted Shirts/Hoodies/Gift Certificates for memberships and classes!

Friday December 12th – 4p-9p

Saturday December 13th 10a-5p

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What is the Safety Class? How can I use Open Shop?

If you didn’t already know, the Station North Tool Library is also a public woodworking shop; although folks work with all kinds of materials in there besides wood!  The Public Workshop is available for FREE to library members two times per week:  Sunday 11-5p and Tuesday 5-8p, BUT you have to have completed our mandatory Safety Class in order to access those Open Shop hours.


Safety Classes are offered several times a month, 2 hours, $25, register HERE.  During the class you are introduced to shop etiquette, machine safety, and you even get the opportunity to start using some of the basic machines by making a small project!

If you would like to start using some of the more intimidating machines and are totally new to the woodshop environment, we recommend you then take: Woodworking I and II.

During Open Shop hours, members who have completed the Safety Class may come in and use the machines they are “signed off” on; that process is explained in the Safety Class.  Please note; however, that while there is always a Shop Monitor on duty, their job is to oversee everyone and they may not have the ability to provide a member one-on-one instruction for an extended period of time or project assistance.  For that kind of in-depth instruction we offer classes or you may Hire An Expert to assist you with your particular project and skill advancement.  Email: for more information regarding the Public Workshop, Classes, or Hire an Expert.


Member Made – Media Console & Nightstands

149412-9619484-frontangle_pngYou may see him working away diligently on Sunday’s in Open Shop, or manning the library on Wednesday nights – David – one of our amazing volunteers also happens to be a pretty awesome designer and craftsman on the weekends!  He spent the summer making this amazing media console for his records/player and these gorgeous nightstands.  We are going to convince him to teach a class – hahahah!



Member Made – Bathroom Makeover

Nick and Kelly, some of our members, completely redid their bathroom with tools from the library!  Here are some great ways to keep a bathroom remodel affordable:

  • Make a task list
  • Research other stories online of people who have done those tasks themselves
  • Make a plan; layout, colors, fixtures like lights or faucets
  • Set a budget
  • Get materials at a reclamation center like:
  • Research instructions by talking to folks, checking out books from our library or online
  • Get crackin’!

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