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THE PROJECT GALLERY – It has been a goal of the NESTL to start a photo gallery of member projects made with items around the library as a resource of info and inspiration to all the DIY’ers and makers in our community… and what time better than now, when we are staying safe at home?

Here’s my 2 1/2 year built-in bookshelf build using a NESTL Delta Drill press, ALL of the c-clamps, and quite a few other tools not shown (a Japanese pull saw, an air-nailer, etc). The project started during lockdown in August 2020, and with months of breaks in between. Finally finished Thanksgiving weekend, 2022.

Replace your tile!

Tool used:

Tile saw

wet tile saw

The wet tile saw helped us immensely in redoing our bathroom!
-Josh, 2018

Build Some French Doors!

Tools used:

Table Saw

Router Table

Bench Planer

Thanks, Tool Library,
for a successful project!
-Gavin, 2016

…or a Bookcase!

Tools used:

C-Clamp, Drill Press, Nail Gun, Hand Saw
“Here’s my 2 1/2 year built-in bookshelf build. The project started during lockdown in August 2020, and with months of breaks in between.”
– Kevin, 2022
I started looking for used tools online and came across the tool library…”
-Nicole, 2014

Tools used:

Router Table, Drill Press, Jeweler’s Saw

Nicole Edge – Record Bookcase
When I first moved to Seattle back in June, I wanted to build a new bookshelf for my apartment and needed to branch out from the basic tools I brought with me. I started looking for used tools online and came across the tool library. You guys had a few biscuit joiners listed on the website, so I stopped in and signed up. It was a pretty busy Saturday and the coordinators definitely had their hands full! Being new to the city, I was looking for ways to get involved and volunteering seemed like a good opportunity to help out with such a cool project.

From the tool library, I used the biscuit joiner, bar clamps and a few hand planes to trim the edge banding. I also used my own table saw, router, and sander, but all that could have easily been borrowed, too!

My background is in sculpture and I’ve been working with wood to build simple furniture for several years. Professionally, I work as an Art Handler for Artech (a local Fine Art Services Company) where I get to pack, transport and install artwork all over the city. For my next project, I’m planning to borrow a grinder to start repairing an old fiberglass kayak that was rescued from the rubble heap. Wish me luck!

You can check out the bookcase and more detailed project notes here:

This is a modular bookcase I made from walnut (mostly plywood). It’s based on some 1960s danish wall organizer designs I found and a fine woodworking article. I borrowed a bunch of tools from the library for it: a table saw, biscuit cutter, miter saw, dowel jig and a bunch of clamps. It was a great project and wouldn’t have been possible without the library! -Jason, 2021

 MEMBER PROJECT * (Window restoration) * Linda’s window

Linda happens by the Tool Library now and then to consult on various projects. Last year she had a old window that she knew she could save.

Lindas Window

NESTL came through to help her make it functional and keep it looking fresh

MEMBER PROJECT * (The very First!!!) !

Amy Coffman – Cribbage Board
For her job, Amy repairs musical instruments which, is awesome and mostly metalwork but she enjoys many other crafts like sewing, cooking, and crocheting. Here we have her Cribbage Board, on which she put her own interesting spin. In her words:


– I made this cribbage board for a friend’s birthday. He’s from Minnesota, and cribbage is very popular in his family. He only had a 2-player board, so I decided to make one with room for 3.

-It’s a folding board that keeps score for three players, and has storage for cards and pegs inside.

-I used some leftover wood from an Ikea shelf cut to length, a small hinge and clasp, and a broken screwdriver shaft for the pegs. I used wood stain for the sides and interior, nail polish to color the pegs, and clear enamel spray paint for the finish.

Blank Board

-I think it took about 3-4 weeks total, spending a few hours as I had each tool.

-Table saw, sanding block, drill press, wood burning pencil, router, metal file, and a jeweler’s saw.

If you are working on a project and would like to share it with our community send us an email with “Project Gallery” in the subject line and some photos of what you have been working on. (Please limit submissions to include only things that you have used tools or appliances from the NESTL)  Thanks!