What’s The Plan?

by | Jun 5, 2013 | 8 comments

I’ve always found that Helen and I make a good team and I’m certainly very lucky to have her many skills at my disposal. She’s the sort of person who can put her hand to pretty much anything she needs to learn but her specific training was in design and technical drawing. She’s worked on many great projects in an architectural office creating designs and plans for shops, homes and an award winning hospice.

If I’m keen to try out a new idea for a vice for instance then I can talk it through with her and off she’ll go putting my thoughts it to action; sourcing parts and creating new ones in technical drawings to discuss further and have manufactured.

At the start of each bench build I get presented with full working plans showing every detail so I can just merrily follow along. I get shown what drill bits to use, the depth of holes and every intricacy of a vice installation.

So Helen I have to ask… what the hell is this?

This is what I got presented with this week. Some would say that your heart just ain’t in it!

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  1. Helen

    So now you like my plans then? I just got used to you telling me you prefer to work without them – that and I got a little tight for time 🙂

  2. Keith

    I think this presents itself as a very comprehensive “Post It” note ???

  3. Chris

    Looks like she’s fitting into the workshop mentality perfectly, it’ll be full working drawings on a scrap of mdf next…

    I must admit I also find those Barclay’s envelopes indispensable for scribbling on they send so many of them.

  4. Ken

    Now that’s my kind of plan guys. 😉

  5. John S

    It’s quite clear, she’s absolutely right! Just do it!

  6. patrick anderson

    It’s what is commonly referred to in the trade as a fag packet sketch and has been the start of many a great building.

  7. Richard

    So I’m not going to get any sympathy then? 😉 It does fit in to the workshop well, I’ve many chocks of wood and even push sticks that have to be preserved for the plans on them.

  8. mihai

    What’s wrong with planning ? (insert a smiley here)


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