Tuesday, March 25, 2008

We all know the importance of plan "B". We learn by doing, and sometimes don't understand physical consequences until we are faced with physical results. There is the law of unintended consequences. You mess with things in the hopes that one thing will happen, but set in motion a chain of events leading to results far different from what you anticipated.

That's why we have plan "B".

My rustic stump table had a little obnoxious wiggle in it due to the frame having insufficient resistance to movement of the mass of the stump. I had to further stiffen the table by adding brass pins through the legs into the stump at each corner. Each pin is secured by epoxy glue.

The realities of cause and effect are often made clear in the wood shop, and things can often be fixed with something simple. Now where was George W. Bush? Did he ever show up for wood shop while his brain and hands were capable of learning from the real world or from real wood? You can see the horrible mess he made of things. I suspect that if he had been educated in reality before his ascendancy to the office of President, we could have saved ourselves a lot of grief. If more Republicans had been educated in wood shops, learning common-sense hands-on reality they would never have allowed Bush to be nominated for office or to run for a second term.

Anyway, the photo above shows a simple fix. I wish it could be used on more than just this simple table. Plan "B".

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:49 PM

    Somehow, I hadn't visualized how long the brass pins had to be to stiffen the framework for that table. Talk about unintended consequences.