|Project by littlecope||posted 05-27-2009 11:48 PM||2104 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
I had occasion to drag out my old drafting board recently and thought I’d share the stand that I made back in “79 or “80. Amazingly, I still have all the parts, even the pegs! I got the idea for the construction of the thing from an old Woodwright’s Shop episode about brick making. They used original and newly fashioned molds, similarly made, with opposed wedges in slots to hold them together, for the formation of bricks. I substituted pegs for the wedges, so the stand could be easily broken down and stored.
I wish I had pictures, but I also made a snow mold from that idea that was a real gas! I never really did much more than experiment, but the first winter I had it, I built a wall with it several feet high, with a couple jogs in it, about 30’ long in about 2 hours! The wall was the last thing to melt in the yard, lasting all the way into April. Every snow storm to this day, while shoveling, I imagine what a 2-3 person determined crew, with a few of those molds and unlimited material ready at hand, could do in a day’s work! I always thought a maze would be cool, but one could build a garage if they had a mind to. Or…?
I can never discuss Drafting without paying respects to my old shop drafting teacher, Mr. Bowers. It was he who challenged me to draw the third picture in high school. He was the nicest old fella, and a great teacher, one of the ones that taught because they genuinely loved to do it. A former machinist and avid woodworker, we missed him for a few weeks that year due to an accident he suffered in his home work shop. When he returned, he sat all us kids around him and told us his simple, but unfortunate story. Working on the table saw in his basement shop, his son came down the stairs to tell him he had a phone call. In that moment of distraction, when he turned to his son, he removed the top joints of his pinkie and ring fingers on his right hand. The lesson for that day, with graphic illustration and missing parts of fingers, was to pay attention and stay focused on what you’re doing! A good lesson, which I’ve always tried to remember!
The picture itself is of the drawing that I made of the “Raritan”, gleaned from the construction series of drawings from old issues of Live Steam magazine.
Oh, the drafting board was store-bought, along with the T-square, from the local Arts Supply Shop for the ungodly amount of $12.49! Outrageous! In 1974 money…
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.