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Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)... #20: Custom builds for the not so weight conscious.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 02-26-2020 11:12 AM 1258 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)….

To be fair to the product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino.

When we get a good idea we often go hell bent for leather trying to accommodate that concept.

As with clothes we buy for the present and pretend not to be concerned about the future… I’m sure we all have clothes bought a while back that humidity has applied that bloody shrink ray to. This also often happens with custom builds in the workshop.

I happen to have this spare laptop that I thought would make a great addition to my workshop. The thought of having access to all my online manuals and SketchUp drawings in the workshop tickled my fancy.

Sketched up a cabinet in SketchUp

and migrated to the workshop to give life to the inanimate sketch,

providing some extra storage space,

and accommodated my IBM laptop like a glove…

I even designed a neat little sliding mouse pad

Then the inevitable happened… the laptop died and it’s relegated replacement, birthed through the upgrade of my office laptop, could not fit into the old receptacle without major destructive surgery.
Finished up making a crappy, rudimentary box out of melamine using pocket holes (not designed in SketchUp but rather under the influence)...

to house the new laptop,

At least the old tray is now used to house a PS3 that I use as a media player

… and the odd (ok… cute) pinup when SWMBO isn’t looking.

The mouse pad still works as a mouse pad,

The Stupidity was not in bringing a laptop into the workshop but having the misapprehension that a laptop will last forever and its replacement NOT outgrow its original comfort station.

I’m sure we are all guilty of building a dedicated space, standing back and admiring it, only to find far too sooner than later that it now has to be put on growth pills.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 02-26-2020 11:33 AM


Boys and Girls,

I’m sure we are all guilty of building a dedicated space, standing back and admiring it, only to find far too sooner than later that it now has to be put on growth pills.

- LittleBlackDuck

I have build a new shed. After reading (parts) from your blog I’m getting anxious soon it will be to small.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 02-26-2020 01:14 PM

You should have just pulled the flux capacitor out of the new laptop and put it on the old one. Then it would have still fit.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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pottz

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#3 posted 02-26-2020 04:13 PM

heck with your nasa woodshop budget you should have just went and bought a new lap top that fit the space,no deconstruction needed ducks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-27-2020 08:15 PM

You don’t know me but,
Nice bottles of wine and truck.

but where are the “pin ups” please.
I saw a mousey figure but that was all

No H & P to be seen anywhere

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 02-27-2020 11:48 PM



... but where are the ”pin ups” please…
...I saw a mousey figure but that was all…
- robscastle

A rat would consider a mouse without close quite horny!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 02-27-2020 11:56 PM



heck with your nasa woodshop budget…
- pottz
pottzy, took me a while to remove the trademarks off the white melamine box,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 02-28-2020 01:58 AM


heck with your nasa woodshop budget…
- pottz

pottzy, took me a while to remove the trademarks off the white melamine box,

- LittleBlackDuck

ha ha too late for the government style coverups duck,all eyes are on you, your the area 52 of aus.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 02-29-2020 04:25 AM

Area 52? ....is somebody coming the raw prawn?

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 02-29-2020 05:25 AM



Area 52? ....is somebody coming the raw prawn?

- robscastle

sorry buddy but as a true american i cant discuss with a foreigner,but the duck being a duel nationale,well,we cant talk! ive already said too much!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 02-29-2020 05:34 AM

Area 52? ....is somebody coming the raw prawn?
- robscastle

sorry buddy but as a true american i cant discuss with a foreigner,but the duck being a duel nationale,well,we cant talk! ive already said too much!
- pottz

Duck territory ladies…. A helluva cut above that urinating Formicidae Family (pissant to plebs).....Area 51...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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