Have some DIY projects around the house you’ve been meaning to get to? Not sure where to begin with building that bookshelf you just pinned to your ‘For the Home’ Pinterest board?  If you live in the East-End, your days of putting off DIY projects may be numbered! Last week the Toronto Tool Library launched their new makerspace at 1803 Danforth Avenue, near Coxwell Station – unleashing a wave of maker-y goodness on the neighborhood.

Only six months after the launch of their Parkdale location, the new makerspace has 1900 sq feet stocked with mitre saws, lawnmowers, hand tools, drills, painting equipment, a hammer drill and more. The best part? Almost all of the tools were donated by local community members. With two tiers of membership ranging from $50 a year to $100 a month, the Tool Library is sure to be a choice destination for any East Enders looking to get their ‘maker’ on.

The space itself is split up into three parts: the Tool Library, which also houses the Kitchen Library by Dayna Boyer; a soft skills area where the team plans to host workshops for design, coding, 3D printing and more; and the woodworking room in the back filled with machinery to make any dream project a reality.

The Toronto Tool Library is operated by Lawrence Alvarez and Ryan Dyment of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, a non-profit geared toward fostering economic systems for a more sustainable society. Thus far the team has been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the Toronto community. They raised $16,000 through a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year and in September they were one of the first CSI Catapult Micro-Loan Fund winners. The extra funds have been instrumental in the transformation process that needed to take place to change a previously barren basement space into the buzzing makerspace it is today.

Mark your calendars for the official launch party on November 7th and then stay tuned for more workshops and programming including an “Iron Chef of Robots” event on the 16th of November with help from Active Surplus and in partnership with The Makers Nation and Maker2Maker.