Have you ever heard, “I don’t have the tools to build anything useful” or “If I had your tools I could build that too”? I can’t tell you the number of times someone has made these comment after seeing my shop.
Anyway, today I was at my company’s warehouse and the guys were complaining they need a large work surface to lay the parts out on when they are rebuilding the factory machinery. The problem is the manager wouldn’t approve them purchasing new workbenches – (there is a long story here).
Looking around I suggested they build something. The very first comment was we don’t have any woodworking tools and the second comment was they won’t let us buy any material.
My response was you already have everything you need – they called me on it and went one step further betting me $100 bucks that I couldn’t put something useable together with what they had on hand.
The rules were they provided the tools, I could use any material found on the premises and I had to finish by lunch. Note I am an IT guy and woodworking is only a hobby.
Here are the materials I found onsite:
3 sheets of ¾ inch plywood left over from the loft decking over the office.
1 box of 1-1/8 inch course threaded screws
1 salvaged piece of ½ inch marine plywood with laminate (this is normally used for wallboard in the factory and is constantly being pressured washed – one side has a nasty gouge and is no longer food safe)
1 bottle of Titebond II glue that was in my truck – the rules stated it had to be on the premises my truck was parked in front of the building.
The big joke on me was the tools they provided:
The joke on them was the workbench I built in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
They paid up and I bought them lunch.
-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.