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:

rackactionshot

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

rackside

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 thoughts on “Nice rack.”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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