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what have we offered in the past

And what can we offer you in the future?

We are really hoping to build our pool of classes to make sure we offer the community what it wants. Below is a list of classes we have had in the past. Please use this list to reach out to us with class inquiries or to inspire a new class idea.

Learn how to make the three most commonly-needed, hand sewn repairs: button replacement, patches, and seam repair. We’ll cover several stitches and when to use them, as well as a bunch of tips for smooth sewing.

Location: Shoreline Tool Library
Cost:  $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 8

This is a four week class where you will learn about the process of designing and building your own stool from scratch. The class is for people who have taken the shop orientation or have some previous experience with power tools, and just need an excuse to come in and make something.  The first meeting will be mostly talking about design and material.  Some ideas and pictures for relatively simple stools that could be built in this class will be provided, but if you have an idea of something you want to make, all the better.  We will talk about materials and where you can get the wood you need, but if you have the wood you want to use, you can bring it to class and start planning how you will be cutting the parts you need the for stool.  The next three classes will be spent on making the design you create or choose into reality.  We will be using the tools in the wood shop, and if needed tools from the library as well.  We will also talk about finishing choices to complete your project.

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost:  $100 for members
Attendance Limit: 4 

Bring your bike and perform your own tune-up – gear, brake and bearing adjustments along with wheel truing and common noises and their causes and solutions. 2 hours.

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost:  $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 4 

Have you recently unearthed a beloved tool that was left to overwinter in your garden? Don’t worry, it’s probably revivable and could be ready for work in no time. Bring a couple of your favorite tools, (clippers, loppers, shovels, hoes etc.) to class and you will learn how to sharpen, oil and repair them so you can enjoy them for seasons to come. Bring tools, gloves and questions to the class.

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost:  $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 8

This beginner class will give you the fundamentals for using this versatile and sometimes intimidating tool. Learn how to use routers, router tables, jigs and templates to create perfect router cuts and smooth edges.

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost: $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 5

Learn the basics of Sketchp – a free, online ‘CAD’ program- to help plan and visualize your next project.  We will sketch a plywood bookshelf, but your skills can be applied to kitchen/bath remodels, room layout, furniture design, and more!  Prevent mistakes by planning your cuts, and making an assembly list.  No previous CAD or drafting experience required at all.   Required – a computer and a mouse (scrolling wheel on mouse strongly recommended).

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library
Cost:  $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 5

Have you ever wondered how to follow a sewing pattern? Come learn! This two-hour demonstration will take you through the ins and outs of measuring, fabric selection, and how to understand all those funny markings and directions. You’ll leave with the confidence to begin a project on your own. (Basic machine sewing knowledge is recommended, but not required.)

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost:  $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 8

This three part series is an excellent introduction to all the basic power tools needed to accomplish most wood projects. Get hands on instruction and practice with circular saws, jig saws, reciprocating saws, miter saws, table saws, drill presses, planers, jointers, and maybe a even some bonus tools!

Date: TBD
Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost:  $75 for members
Attendance Limit: 7

Location: Northeast Seattle Tool Library (10228 Fischer PL. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
Cost:  $25 for members
Attendance Limit: 7

With many of us working from home, it is more important than ever that our homes are truly safe. Most homes built prior to 1970 need retrofitting to ensure that they stay intact on their foundations in a big earthquake. Whether you are considering a DIY retrofit or plan to hire a contractor, Leif Jackson will teach you the “nuts and bolts” of retrofitting: Permit and engineering considerations, anchor bolts, cripple wall bracing, framing connections, hold downs, rough cost and timeframe. Plus, the always popular “motivational slides”! Leif’s company, Sound Seismic, has been retrofitting homes in the Seattle area since 1999.

Location: Virtual
Cost: $25
Attendance Limit: 25

In the first hour, learn the basic physics and nuances of component choices depending on your use to ready yourself to build your own wheels. In the remaining two hours, using your own parts or those supplied, build a wheel with guidance and supervision.

Location: Virtual
Cost: $50
Attendance Limit: 3

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