You know, I have never
drawn a plan in my life, for anything. Ever.
Rough idea/sketch, and I
mean rough on the back of an envelope in 30 seconds Then
look around to see what I have or can easy get, fit as I
Never even considered
plans. Never followed anyone else's.
The lap-bench was built
around an old chopping block surface I got off the top
of a dead 70's dishwasher. My bench was built around a
scrap of laboratory table from the mine.
Like I can decide what I
want in advance and just go out and buy stuff????
Are you kidding?
I live in the boondocks
with a very low standard of living and semi retired, so
some time I have but, never, ever money. You wouldn't
believe what I live on a year, if I told you. I got a
letter from IRS one time that basically said, "If you
can't do better than this don't bother sending us any
kind of paperwork at all. You're just wasting our time,
so cut it out. And beat it will ya?"
But even before that, when
I worked all the time you don't just go out and buy
stuff when it's 3 hours by truck to the nearest dealer
who might actually have wood in stock and even then it's
mighty iffy they'll have what you really wanted.
Use what you got and make
what you need or want" is my motto, since I have no
choice anyway. Sows ear into silk purse is an everyday
ordinary way of life for me, not anything special.
John Economaki of Bridge
City is totally my hero. Ordinary factory work, so then
he gets them to sign up in advance for anything he makes
and then give a month's pay for some little doo-dad or
other they're never going to use and will be about as
valuable as Jim Beam ceramic "collectible" decanters
from the 60's are now (around 2 dollars a train car
load) as the years go by. Hide and wait/watch for
yourself. The Beanie Babies of the tool world, and they
line up to be fleeced for him by themselves! And in
advance! I love this guy!!!
But..... Where do they get
so much more money than sense? Oh sorry, rambling. But, I'm going to try
measuring and drawing plans for you guys. Honest I
I need to anyway. I got a note from our friend Chris
who said (roughly summarizing) "I can't print this. What
do you mean scrounge from the town dump or the scrap
and take other parts off something from a yard sale and
make parts yourself from scratch? If they can't go out
to Home Depot and buy everything they need off the shelf
in a day and then follow exact plans like drones they'll
howl like gunshot hound dogs." So, I need the practice anyway, it seems.