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About rstaight

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  • Birthday 02/27/1959

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  1. Got mine off of Craigslist roughly 15 years ago. 1920's era for about $125. can't really remember. Could use a refinish but just looks wright for fly tying. Looked a long time before I found one. Most of the new stuff has been "bastardized" for use as a computer desk. Did find a really nice one at a furniture store once, at least the pictures looked good. They didn't have one in stock and had to order it. The dimensions put it on the larger side for roll tops. Also had a hutch that sat on top. Loads of storage, all for the paltry sum of $7,000. I bout soiled my britches when the wife said "If that's what you really need, order it.". I was so taken by surprise I instinctively said "I'll look for something else". Guess I've been married to long. If I had ordered it I still would have run out of space.
  2. Was in manufacturing before I graduated high school in 1977. Started at Parker-Hannifin Tube Fittings (Parker) de-burring parts. Worked in shipping and receiving as well as running screw machines and CNC turning centers. Then went to school and worked my way into engineering and was a Tool Design/Process Engineer when I left in 97. Went to a forging company as a CNC Programming Engineer and moved into Die Shop Manager. Came to Allison Transmission in 2010 as a Manufacturing Engineer. Hoping to retire in the next 2 to 5 years. Also made wooden basket bases for a few years while working a day job.
  3. Flytier, Those are some really nice soft hackles. I really like the Partridge and Orange.
  4. As always, everyone's stuff is fantastic.
  5. If you need marabou the feather boas at Hobby Lobby work well if they don't have packaged marabou. Doll eyes for streamers.
  6. I hate acronyms. At work they had a dictionary of all of the acronyms used. Ridiculous.
  7. The foam drawer liner works great. That's what I have glued to the bottom of my base
  8. rstaight

    First Car

    My first car was a 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom. It was just something to get around in. I spent my money on motorcycles.
  9. Those Gerstner chest are fantastic. Being a machinist those are the holy grail. I consider myself a machinist and not a manufacturing engineer.
  10. Mogup, I like it. Sparse, nice profile, should work nicely. The more I look at it the more I like it. Well done.
  11. Just thought of something else that bugs me, cockroaches.
  12. When I started tying I told the wife all I would need is large tackle box. Used the replaceable trays to put materials in. My tying bench would be either a wooden TV tray or the kitchen table. I wouldn't be tying very many different flies so a lot of storage space wasn't needed. I out grew the TV tray pretty quick. Converted an old computer desk to a tying desk. A year or so later got a bigger computer desk. All while adding plastic containers. This eventually turned into a roll top desk with all kinds of cubby holes. The drawers and cubbies are all filled. Got a cheap six drawer lingerie chest. The only thing in it is feathers and bird pelts. I also have one of those plastic totes with wheels that is about 3 feet long and can slide under the bed. Now I am thinking what else I can do to re-organize. I even once looked at roll top with additional hutch and a ton of storage all for $7000. My wife said if you really need it go ahead. When she said that with that much money involved I knew it was a test. As Noahguide said, golf limits you to 14 clubs. It's amazing how this adds up. Figure what you need and increase it 10 fold. Even then you may run out of space.
  13. Forgot to ask, where about in PA. My wife is from Philly.
  14. I do not fish Tenkara but welcome to the site.
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