New Tool: Electric Chainsaw

Periodically we get tools that we’ve either never had before, or haven’t had for awhile. Recently, a small electric chainsaw came in. These are great for yard and garden tasks, especially bucking up smaller trees into firewood or cutting rough joints into timbers.

Super important when using any chainsaw, is adequate safety. That includes proper PPE (eye, ear, hand, body protection) and an understanding of chainsaw kickback and how to limit this. A great explanation can be found here. Thanks VTL member Dan for the link!

This saw is best for lighter duty work, and requires access to a power source. Can be borrowed with extension cords to help with that a bit.

Greg’s Pen Build

VTL member Greg came to get the lathe and made these beautiful pens!

Although it doesn’t take up too much space, the lathe is probably our heaviest tool, so if you come get it bear in mind you may want a friend to help load it into your vehicle.

’tis the Season for Fruit Pressing!!

Hey folks!! This is just a note to ring in the equinox, and thus fruit pressing season.

You may be aware that we have two fruit presses at the shop, which are available for members for free, as they are A-class tools. What you may not know, is that due to their high seasonal demand, we place a 3 DAY LIMIT on how long they can be borrowed for, and we have a RESERVATION system in place for them.

So to be clear: VTL members can come and borrow a cider press for free, for three days at a time. We have a reservations sheet, and you can get your name on there and we will do our absolute best to ensure it’s here when it’s supposed to be. Occasionally tools come in late, and once in awhile they get double booked, so we recommend calling in advance to confirm your reservation and pick up time. Please be kind to the volunteers in the shop during this busy time, as without our volunteers we wouldn’t be open to lend tools at all.

As always we can be reached at 604 568 8071.