Black Tie Optional: NEPTL Annual Tool Ball!

Black Tie Optional: NEPTL Annual Tool Ball!

This year’s Tool Ball will be hosted at Widmer Brother’s Pub (955 N Russell St.) on Thursday, Dec. 12th @ 6pm. Join us for an evening of laughter and dance as we celebrate our five year anniversary in a full on Tool Pentathlon, live musical performances, hors d’ourves, beer and a silent auction. Winners of the pentathon will receive NEPTL late fee script!

While we like to keep things classy in our tool belts, this is also a black-tie optional/encouraged event. So come on out dressed to impress and enjoy the opportunity to document such noble efforts with tools and hard hats in our custom photo booth.

Entry fee is $5 that will give you access to beer, beer, and MORE BEER. Your entry fee will also earn you one raffle tick towards some awesome prizes including Timbers tickets, Common Ground Wellness gift cards, Asula Wellness giftcards, Townshend’s Tea gift cards, and other fun packages to bid on. Feel free to purchase more raffle tickets after entry.

$5 for 1 ticket
$10 for 7 tickets

We can’t wait to see all of you at our favorite annual event. Our members have been hard at work putting together raffle and silent auction prizes in addition to an evening of what’s guaranteed to be unforgettable.

See you December 12th at Widmer Brother’s Pub.

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NEPTL Five Year Anniversary Newsletter

Five Year Anniversary Edition Newsletter 

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How to Build a Garden Bench

This article is the first in a new series. Each month we will provide plans to make something new.

This simple garden bench is suitable for use indoors or outdoors, regardless of whether the wood surface is finished or unfinished. We recommend cedar because it’s a native Pacific Northwest wood, readily available, and it holds up very well in the weather even if it is unfinished. This project should cost $30 to $40.

Once you’ve gathered all your tools and materials, please refer to the cut list and diagrams to build your stylish new bench!


Diagram of completed bench

The completed bench will be 48" wide


Miter Saw (be sure to wear goggles and ear protection while using it)
Ear plugs or muffs
Drill (Drill pilot holes before driving in your screws, otherwise your wood will split and crack. Take the time to do it right!)
1/8” drill bit
Driver bit (match your screws)
Tape measure
A sharp pencil


Item Quantity
8 ft. Cedar 1×4 4
8 ft. Cedar 2×6 1
2” Wood Screws 1 Box

Cut List:

A – 1 x 4 8 ½” (4x)
B – 1 x 4 36 ½” (2x)
C – 1 x 4 40”
D – 1 x 4 17 ¼” (4x) Legs have a 7º miter at both ends.
E – 2 x 6 8” (2x)


Click each image to view a larger version.

Step 1 Diagram

Step 1

Step 2 Diagram

Step 2

Step 3 Diagram

Step 3

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