(If you’re a bit bored with Bond posts, don’t worry. As so often happens, I have posts about one craft lined up to publish while I’ve actually moved on to another – this time sewing up costumes. I don’t want to blog about one of the costumes until after the event, but the other should be good blog material… pun not intended. In the meantime…)
The new (design-wise) Bond came in this box:
The old came in a long, slim box, since it didn’t split in two like the newer style machines. (You can see the box in a photo below.) Obviously I wasn’t going to get the old bed into the new bed’s box. I could get the two connected pieces of the new style one into the old box – just – but there was no room for the carriages and all the bits and pieces.
I needed a carry case of some sort, so I went to eBay and searched through the categories. I found a camera bag that might have worked if it had been longer, and a tool bag with the same problem. I found bags for cricket bats, but they were too flimsy. Finally I looked in the musical instrument section and found keyboard carriers.
$50 (including postage) later I had this:
It’s exactly the width of the old Bond’s box:
It’s padded but not rigid, so I’m using the old Bond box to protect the beds. I had put all the tools and such in separate zip lock bags then into another cardboard box, but the bags are fiddly to get into while you’re working. So I measured up the remaining space in the keyboard bag and shopped around until I found this toolbox:
And Paul discovered that the carriages fit perfectly into those plastic shoe storage boxes with room for the keyplates as well:
Now that I’ve finished incorporating the new old Bond with the old new Bond, and got everything to fit nicely into one convenient carry bag… someone has offered to give me another Bond. And that has given me another crazy Bond modification idea…
Could I rig up a second bed in front, and do circular knitting?