Nice rack.

I wandered into my principal’s office the other day to ask how he liked my chances of getting a literature rack for my classroom to hold college catalogs, Route 66 magazines and brochures, etc. He told me to find one I liked and write a proposal describing how I intended to use it, and he would try to get it for me.

I got online and looked at all sorts of racks, but the size and type I needed were ridiculously expensive — like $200 apiece and up — and I just couldn’t see blowing that much money on something I was pretty sure I could make for less than 30 bucks. (I am very cognizant of the fact that as a school employee, I am spending taxpayers’ money all the time — when I make copies, when I ask for materials or equipment, etc. — and I try to make sure any expenditures related to my classroom are sensible and responsible.)

This is what I came up with:

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Here’s a side view I shot while the paint was drying:

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I still have to paint the base, fix one of the little cords (which I tied on unevenly and didn’t notice until after I’d shot the picture), and screw a couple more 1x2s to the back side of the rack to keep the pegboard from warping under its own weight, but it’s basically finished.

Lumber ………………. ………………. .. $12.71
Hardware ………………. …………….. $ 5.35
String ………………. ………………. …. $ 1.00
Paint ………………. ………………. ….. $ 5.98
Saving taxpayers $175 ……………… Priceless

Hope your Saturday was full of fun excuses to play with power tools, too. :)

Emily

3 Responses to Nice rack.

  1. Carla says:

    That is wonderful. Something our daughter would do. She’s all about that.

  2. Seda says:

    This is so cool. It’s the kind of thinking outside the box that government-types should make a habit. I’m reading a great book right now by Ken Miller called “We Don’t Make Widgets,” which is all about how to make government work right.

  3. Jeff Shaw says:

    That is so thoughtful. On behalf of taxpayers thank you for being thoughtful. I hope you’ve gotten reimbursed for doing something so sensible.

    You are an asset to humanity. Caring is priceless too.

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