Our workshops in Leith and Portobello are dedicated woodworking and DIY spaces, complete with a wide range of large-format tools. We have a table saw, band saw, chop saw, planer thicknesser, and a whole host of other power and hand tools at each site.
Access to our workshops during Open Workshop Sessions is included in your membership. These sessions operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and we have room for approximately 8 members in each space.
During the workshop session, you will be supported by our friendly volunteers and staff while you work on a project of your own choosing. We also have a selection of reclaimed materials that you are welcome to use for a small donation.
You’re able to use hand and power tools straight away, but you will need to attend a safety and workshop induction in order to use the heavy machinery.
Please note we are not reopen yet for these sessions (read more on our reopening schedule)
We also run paid classes for members and non-members where you can make something from reclaimed timber that you can take home. These classes are aimed at beginning woodworkers to help give you the confidence to then go on and use the workshop on your own. We have a range of classes, from bowl turning to planter making, including our super-popular “shelfie” making class.
Proceeds from these classes go towards keeping the Tool Library open and enable us to offer the amazing support to our community and other charities that we provide.
Our Women’s Woodshop is a drop in session (like the Open Workshop) specifically for women and non-binary makers. It happens the every second and fourth Friday of each month. We started this session after we noticed that, although our membership is pretty much evenly divided in terms of gender, there were mostly men using the workshops. We believe this is down to the lack of availability of woodwork classes at school to a generation of women, so we are looking to redress the balance.
Please note we are not reopen yet for these sessions (read more on our reopening schedule).
One-Off Making Events
We regularly have free classes where members are invited into the workshop to learn skills while making something for another charity or community organisation. In the past these have included making Little Free Libraries, accessibility ramps, outdoor benches, and bird boxes. Stay tuned to our social media channels to find out the latest opportunities.
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As a Tool Library member you will also be invited to celebrate with us! We love a good barbecue and some refreshments, as it’s a great chance for our volunteers, staff, and members to mix and build that all-important community spirit. We have had workshop birthday parties, camping trips, community build events, and we have even had a musical concert and a comedy gig at The Stand.