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Meet a Tool #5

Sam, a Cement Mixer

Hi, I’m Sam, I mix cement. It breaks my back, but it’s a living. Honestly, I don’t even mind it, I was built to mix. The hard part is getting rolled from one damn job site to another. These old wheels ain’t getting any younger and the bags of cement ain’t getting any lighter. But I ain’t complainin’. Old Sam’s got plenty more loads of concrete to dump. Just do me this one favor, don’t overload me. For gods’ sakes, I’ve got a 3.5 cubic foot capacity, tops. That’s like 4 or 5 bags depending on size, but some of you think I’m a freakin’ cement truck or somethin’ over here. But I ain’t complainin’, it’s a job. Borrow me at the NE Seattle Tool Library, it’ll keep a roof over my head.

Studfindr ★★★★☆, 548 reviews

Studfindr: Stop Searching, start nailing

Have you searched everywhere for your stud? Studfindr is the only dating app that goes out and finds the studs for you, and it’s free! We know that not every stud is right where you expect it to be, 16” on center and you don’t have time to go knocking on every wall in the world to find your stud to nail. Download Studfindr today and let us do the knocking for you. Premium “Deepscan” allows you to find studs with more depth, say behind two layers of drywall, or maybe hiding behind some plywood. Make meaningful connections with real studs with Studfindr. You’ve got shelves to install, mirrors to hang, sconces to ensconce, and you need a stud to do it right. Sudfindr is simple and fun. All done with one stud? Just swipe right to find a new stud. If you hear a beep, it’s a Match! Then you get to tap, nail or screw right into the perfect stud. Whether it’s a casual photo of your best friend, or you’re hanging a live edge oak shelf for the rest of your life, Studfindr can help you find the stud of your dreams.  Borrow Studfindr from the NE Seattle Tool Library today!

Meet a Tool #4

By Lee the Laser Level

Have you ever Witnessed the swift dissent of the Osprey? What about the agile attack of a lion? Have you examined the edge of a naturally formed crystal or the perfect path of a raindrop? Precision is all around us and though we cannot always measure it with the naked eye, we know it when we see it. The straightness of a sunray reflecting off the sea or the flatness of a still lake on a windless day. And to be part of that precision, to be a vessel that might usher in such exactness, that is a cleanliness known only by Gods, and a few lucky tools. 

The danger of striving for such perfection of course is in the near miss. No one faults the splatter painter for painting over the line. The abstractionist causes no anger for a squiggle. But the tiler, with all her tiles in parallel but for one eccentric square akimbo? She casts a sin upon a surface that allows the viewer to see nothing but that askew ceramic. 

I am not the lion or the raindrop. I am not the sea nor the lake. I am the stillness of the hunt, I am the swift dive. I am not the perfection. I am the trick of the eye that allows a catch of the perfect found in the illusion of light. I am the dispeller of eccentricity. I am a laser level. Borrow me from the NE Seattle Tool Library and glimpse the precision that is everything.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MwCJpEuC44

It Takes One to Build One

By Tracy the Table Saw

Sometimes you need a flashlight to find a flashlight, your glasses to see where you put your glasses. Sometimes it takes a knife to open the packaging on a new knife. Or maybe you need some food to help make the decision of where to get food. But right now, at this moment, you don’t need a flashlight or a knife. You just ate a snack and you know what, you don’t even wear glasses. No, what you need now is a table. You need a place to set down your glasses and to eat your food. An object to hold your other objects. That’s where I come in. I am a table saw. I can rip a board right down the middle then I can turn it sideways and crosscut the wood in half the other way. I can take an ⅛ of inch off a 2×2 as well as any planer out there. I can give you a 1” deep groove straight as a pipe. Now I know I am not the table you think you need. You think you need a table to gather around, to break bread at, to eat and drink and discuss and live at. I am not that table. I am a table with a blade that rotates at 3,450 rotations per minute. What I am is the table that can make that table. So borrow me from the NE Seattle Tool Library because sometimes it takes a table to make a table.