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A few weeks ago the little lady came in from work and said I need for you to make me something. Question: What this time? Answer: I want you to make me a rack where I can put my labels for the parts I made. Ok!!!!!!!!!!! What do you have in mind. Answer. Just a piece of wood with some sticks where I can put my labels. Sticks? You mean dowels. Answer: What ever you call it.
Question: How wide or the labels? Answer: I don’t know.
After a few days I finally got her to bring me a label home. She did and my little pea brain got to thinking what can i do. My first thinking was the piece of wood and sticks. Didn’t like that idea. Changed my mind and starting something else. Didn’t like that either, changed my mind and something else.

After a few days of back and forth this is what I came up with. Didn’t do a good job of planning since I got myself in a fix and needed to drill a few holes and something was in the way. Didn’t sand the wood as I should have, and matter of fact didn’t do a lot of what I should have done.

Nothing to be proud of but it’s done. When she came home from work today I had it sitting on the little table in the kitchen. She looked at it, she looked at me. She didn’t jump up and shout that’s great or anything other than, it’s okay. Think she just wanted something simple and yet i spend more time on this than it’s worth.
So tomorrow morning I will see if she takes it to work or I will have to find something I can do with this thing.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 01:00 AM

It would make a great Bangle holder.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 02:40 AM

Whilst I can’t imagine what it is that your dear lady wanted, what you have produced should be kept in a prominent position at home as a talking point for all who enter! It’s a well made thingy Thomas.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 02:48 AM

Looks good too. I can’t figure out how you would use this thingy or whatever she ordered but it should work just fine. I did design work for a bunch of years. I always told them if they don’t like it they should have brought me some solid ideas to work with. I think you have done a fantastic job making a thingy for whatchamacallits.

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 02:56 AM

Grandpa, you got that one right! I’ve had to crawl under, over and around people to get at what they want in a product, sometimes. Then again, that can be the fun part. I design tools, and generally that’s pretty easy, because I usually only get the people telling me they need a tool to do “thus and such”, and I get to look at the problem in place, as it were. Then, I can make what is needed.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 03:13 AM

I remember having a trchnician that traveled a lot come to me and asked me to design him a device that would hold a densometer on a piece of verticle I-beam. He wanted it to be light because he had to carry it with him when he flew etc. Well, I got a drawing of the densometer (actually might have been on the CAD system by then) but we had that and we drew the I-beam. had a draftsman fill in the blanks. We used some aluminum chain we had in stock and notched some angle aluminum or something to hold the densometer. We brought him in and said how do you like that? Not what I had in mind. BOOM!! now tell me what you have in mind. I don’t think we ever fixed his problem because he wanted something and I don’t think he knew what he wanted. Enough of my rant for tonight.

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#6 posted 09-19-2012 03:19 AM

An elegant solution! There’s no reason that a useful object shouldn’t have some eye appeal. I hope “the little lady” appreciates it.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#7 posted 09-19-2012 10:59 AM

A for effort Mr Tom, nobody else at work will have one! I bet when she takes it in you’ll recieve request for anything from pen holders to picnic tables.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 09-19-2012 11:53 AM

Happy to report the thing was gone this morning when I got up. She either decided it would work or she was going to toss it out the window of the car. No!! she would never toss it, know her better than that.

Thanks for all the comments. Nice to hear I am not the only one that only gets a small part of what people really want. As Grandpa said I don’t think they really know themselves but it was fun trying to come up with something that I think will work.

The labels comes in rolls such as a roll of tissue paper. She can remove the dowels with the little knobs attached, put on a roll of labels and then if she puts it on the correct way where it feeds from the bottom of the roll it should roll off petty good without coming off the large dowel. Going to be interesting to see what she has to say this evening.

You guys have a great day. keep posting no matter how small or simple. Some times the best lessons are learned from the simple things.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#9 posted 09-19-2012 05:16 PM

Prototypes, don’t necessarily have perfect as they are bridge to communication.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#10 posted 09-19-2012 07:03 PM

angle the dovels forward and pull the knop upwards
and you have an excelent TP holder for four rolles ready for the big picnic .. :-)


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#11 posted 09-19-2012 09:24 PM

A necklace holder for me! She should be ecstatic at this! I will take this with a wide smile in a heartbeat.

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 10:57 PM

I think it would make a good donut froster ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-20-2012 01:18 AM

Four roll toilet paper holder?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#14 posted 09-20-2012 01:57 AM

Drill a few more holes in the dowels and you can hold even more lollipops :)

I’m as lost as you are but it looks like you did a great job. Perhaps you could post a photo of it with the labels on it?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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