|Making Cheap Tools
||[Jul. 26th, 2010|02:39 pm]
Home Effinomics, or Effin' Around the House
I have for years been more interested in making tools than actually using them. Why? Whenever I use a tool, I over time (sometimes seconds, sometimes years) discover an irritant, a draw-back inherent in the tool's design, its use, or both. Sometimes these drawbacks are merely me bitching. Sometimes they reflect a limitation that restricts what I had planned to do with the darned thing.
Sometimes, I put the tool aside and move onto another project, preferably one that doesn't require its use. Sometimes, I try to engineer a solution to the perceived problem. Often that solution simply involves an attachment, an add-on, a doo-hickey readily available at my local tooly depot . . . but that involves money. Worse, it involves me parting with my money. Sometimes I break down and splurge, but often I actually fix the problem by building something myself. Why? Why should I spend hours and hours working on a problem fixed with the wages I would earn in half that time?
For me, that's the wrong question. For me, it's more important to solve a problem on my own than rely on the so-called "tried and true" solutions those with deep pockets choose.
(Actually, I, too, have pretty deep pockets. I also have very short arms.)
I've been doing this so long I don't even think about it, until I meet someone else who doesn't think that way. Then I'm reminded that I'm either a genius or a moron. I've decided to let you be the judge, showing you a tool I built a year or so ago. ( So, tell me, is this genius or a very real and clinical sign that I'm a moron?Collapse )