If I had a hammer (or a table saw).
November 11, 2008
Now that I’ve come down (sort of) from last week’s landslide victory for the certain changeling pictured below, it’s back to the Small stuff — like planning my kitchen reno. ‘Cept it’s kinda tough when I don’t have power tools (hello, tiny house), nor a whole lotta know-how when it comes to both constructing and deconstructing — though, that’s where my finish carpenter brother-in-law comes in. Lucky ducky, I know.
It turns out that the Phinney Neighborhood Association here in the Emerald City rents out tools. Trouble is, I don’t live in Phinney, and if I’m down on dollars, I can’t complete my project.
But bust my buttons if Portland, Oregon, doesn’t have a leg up (again!) on Seattle in the Small sense: Here it is, the Northeast Portland Tool Library, a volunteer-managed cache of free-use power tools for those strapped for cash or short on space. Sure, overdue fines apply, and you have to be at least 18 with a valid ID. But hey! Such a deal, and such a great way to build community around, well, building.