thanks Odds & MuseJr. i did think about hanging it over my side of the bed. i even remembered talking my wife out of a 4 poster bed about 10 years ago. what was i thinking? that would have been handy.
as for gear, i'm sure i'll get around to that too. i enjoy making, modifying and tweaking things, which means i'll be learning how load and fire a thread injector.
i'll be posting my misadventures as they happen.
i wish y'all a Very Merry Christmas!