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ToolGrrlz is the hub ~ all things toolz just for us grrlz. We are your resource for empowertoolment through, education, information, workshops, projects and inspiration. Because if there is one thing every grrl should know it's how to wield her power toolz!

Cantilevered Shelves combine Metal and Wood to create a utilitarian-style architectural solution October 31, 2012

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The ToolGrrlz are back at cranking out the projects, folks, and we are eager to share them with you. Here is the latest.

Moving into a new house comes with its many joys as well as challenges. So, when clients presented us with a tricky project at their new place, we went to the drawing board to come up with something that would do the job, yet was also unique in style. The project: they needed sturdy, useful shelving but didn’t necessarily want to cover the wall completely with full floor to ceiling shelves.

Here’s an overview of our solution:

Using 2″ square mild Steele tubing we cut an opening in the square tubing using a chop saw with a metal blade to form a mouth. We cut 1/8″ flat stock into 6″ x 8″ squares, slid the square into the bottom of the opening and attached using a Mig welder. This created a solid footing for the wood shelves to rest on. These aren’t technically fully cantilevered, but from straight on or above this gives the illusion that the small opening is the only thing holding them up. Then, we used a 4″ grinder to buff out the metal and create a pattern. Holes were drilled with a 1/2″ Milwakee at the back of the opening so we could install them with hidden 1/2″ lags. Next, we used a torch to blacken the wood planks, sanded and varathaned the heck out of them. Finally, slip them into the slots and call the project done.

Thanks for checking it out. Please feel free to drop us a line with any questions or thoughts. We want to hear from you and are happy to re-post projects! Just include contact info, pics and a description of watcha did. Happy tooling!

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Photos – Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, May 22, 2011 June 7, 2011

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Eleven intrepid women partook in ToolGrrlz’ first Rainwater Harvesting workshop on May 22, 2011–we had a fantastic time! Together we built a 6-barrel (390-gallon) rainwater catchment system, all plumbed with PVC; and each woman also retrofitted her own 65-gallon barrel to take home. Take a browse through our photo album!

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Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, May 22… T-Minus One Week! May 16, 2011

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[The workshop is just a week away, and we still have a few spots open. Email us now (toolgrrlz@gmail.com) to reserve your spot!]

ROOFTOP RAINWATER HARVESTING WORKSHOP | Sunday, May 22, 2011 | 1:00 – 5:00pm | Fulton (just north of Santa Rosa)

Participants will work together to build a custom 325-gallon  rainwater catchment system. No prior experience is necessary!

Each participant will have a hand in construction, and will retrofit her very own recycled barrel (65 gallons) to take home.

Featured toolz, skillz and topics:

  • Hole saws
  • Plumbing assembly
  • Drainage principles
  • Water catchment system design (including sizing and siting)

Workshop fee: $45

To sign up, email us at toolgrrlz@gmail.com. We will get back to you promptly with a confirmation.

See our flier for more details:

 

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Workshop April 26, 2011

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Another hands-on workshop for her…brought to you by ToolGrrlz!

SUNDAY | May 22, 2011 | 1:00 – 5:00pm | 1081 C Street | Fulton CA

Participants will work together to build a custom 325-gallon  rainwater catchment system. No prior experience is necessary!

Each participant will have a hand in construction, and will go home with her very own retrofitted barrel (65 gallons) to install at home.

Featured toolz, skillz and topics:

  • Hole saws
  • Plumbing assembly
  • Drainage principles
  • Water catchment system design (including sizing and siting)

This workshop is limited to 10 participants. To sign up, email us at toolgrrlz@gmail.com. We will get back to you promptly with a confirmation.

Click on the image to view a larger version of our flier:

 

ToolGrrlz in the Press! and Workshop this Weekend! April 1, 2011

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A bunch a yous have freshly subscribed to the blog! Cheers, Howdy, & Welcome! That said, you may have missed our latest press, so, previous loyal subscribers, you might get this one twice – we got a write up in the Press Democrat by Dani Burlison! And word on the street is that we will have a short write-up in this Sunday April 3rd Towns section Hard Copy. This is HUGE in the world of grassroots startups. Yay back at Dani on behalf of ToolGrrlz!

On the burner (in the toolbox): REPURPOSING SHIPPING PALLETS…From Start to One of Many Finished Projects ~ coming soon!

Here is the link to the article: http://santarosa.towns.pressdemocrat.com/2011/03/news/toolgrrlz-women-can-build-too/

To find Dani Burlison: click on her name above or go to: http://www.petalsandbones.com/

Workshop on Saturday! There is still space. Click the flyer to peek & pretty please pass it on:

 

Press, Good Press! March 27, 2011

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Literally! Dani Burlison, who utilizes her fabulous talent as Santa Rosa’s correspondent with the Press Democrat did a write up on ToolGrrlz in the Towns section on the PD’s website. It may also be in the hard copy coming out on Sunday, March 27th ~ tomorrow! Cross yer fingers!

Check out the article at:  http://santaosa.towns.pressdemocrat.com/2011/03/news/toolgrrlz-women-can-build-too/

You can find Dani at http://www.daniburlison.com or http://www.petalsandbones.com

Cheers to you Dani! Thanks for helping make ToolGrrlz & her workshops a success!

 

Upcoming Demo Day! Date Change… March 22, 2011

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Calling all ToolGrrlz…The second in our series of workshops/events is set for

Saturday April 2nd, 2011

This workshop will be a Saw & Drill DEMO DAY!
We will demonstrate SAFETY & proper usage:

Miter Saws (a.k.a. Chop Saws)
Jig Saws
Drills & Speed Squares
Measuring & Marking

As always, special emphasis on SAFETY.

There will be a “lunch” break during the workshop – we’ll provide some snacks/beverages and encourage you to bring a lunch if you’d like as working with power toolz can really work up an appetite 🙂
Cant wait to see you there!

Date: Saturday April 2nd
Time: 1:00pm- 4:00pm
Address: 1081 C St Fulton, CA  95439
Cost: $40 Registration by email at toolgrrlz@gmail.com or by phone 707.525.0201

Women & Toolz Workshop Series brought to you by ToolGrrlz.