Cross-applied woodworking skills
My co-worker had been trying various solutions for removing the window glare from his computer monitors. Early in this recent week -- maybe on Monday? -- another co-worker scavenged sheets of that paperboard honeycomb-cell packing sheets from a box in the hall (waiting to be recycled).
My co-worker gave me the basic concept, then left it to me to design and implement the specific solution. My solution is below: I used my hand-tool woodworking skills -- plus a box knife and a 30-60-90 triangle -- to create cross-lap joints to create a freestanding partition.
I would've liked to have had a trysquare and a marking gauge as well -- but, nope.
My co-worker likes the solution because it indeed eliminates the window glare. **I** like it because it completely obscures me from the aisle: I like the extra privacy.
However, it shows me how often I spin around in my chair and ask him questions (or bounce ideas off of him). Every time I do this, I now face a brown wall: so we have to stand up and discuss the idea, then sit back down.
Of course: standing up from our chairs every once in a while is a good thing.
Our co-workers in the same pod liked the idea, so on Friday -- upon request -- I created a similar wall for them.
This mini-project turned out really well -- and also reinforced something I'd noticed about handtool woodworking: with power tools, you use a tape measure a lot; with handtool woodworking, you tend to just fit one piece to the other, then cut to the line -- that is, no actual measuring.