Anyone who's been around me much knows that I have sayings. Probably the most personal favorite is "I'd rather be lucky than good. Anyone can be good. That only takes effort."
Let me give you some examples on this project. Let's start with the wagon wheels in the hand rail.
I showed Bobby (the alleged didn't do nothing but take photos to die for Bobby) and Mike (infamous Mike of a beer in one hand and bar b que tongs in the other and not hitting a lick of work Mike) how to roll the rings for the wheels Friday. Two members who have lamented not doing their fair share on these very forums.
They rolled two rings. Just two. They didn't roll an extra so we could match at least two out of three. First time outers mind you.
I laid out the first wheel and welded it up. The crew did the second one with the first one as a pattern. Something you need to know to understand this luck thing. All the spokes, both wheels, were between sixteen and five eighths and sixteen and three quarters of an inch in length. Not bad. Not bad at all. There was at least three people laying out the spokes, two different welders, and I'd guess six or so involved in the spoke cutting process.
And we ended up in the end with what you see in the above attachment. It doesn't surprise me because I believe in luck. But it will you if you don't.
I didn't notice it until Don pointed it out today and insisted on this picture.
You can't get much luckier than this.