Today I got my hands covered in grease, which pleased me immensely. I love the school assignments for which I need to make something, even if it’s something that I’ll never use in the real word. Case in point: A piece of sheet metal with different size holes in it, corresponding to common sizes of wire conduit. It’s near useless, particularly because the edges are sharp, but I had a good time making it. I had to use a manual knock out punch for the four corner holes, and a hydraulic KO punch for the ones in between. It felt like arts and crafts, albeit with slimy cutting oil and spirals of razor sharp steel.
For another assignment this morning, I took a handful of different sized wires, slipped a section of shrinkable plastic around them, and used a heatgun to secure the bundle into a neat cable.
These are the days when I love school.