I thought back to my first telescope, a Gilbert 76mm Newt with a fixed Ramsden and thought I could pull together a much better scope from parts on hand. A little rummaging produced the remains of a Meade 114mm Bird-Jones, some parts from a fast (f/5) 4.5" Bushnell and a good Meade focuser. 
The Bushnell provided the tube and the primary and the Meade a red dot finder, secondary assembly, nice cast alloy front and rear trim rings and primary cell to replace the Bushnell's plastic parts. I think the focuser is a Meade #73. It has a metal draw tube and rack and pinion.
After resizing some holes and making other new ones, the focuser, secondary, primary and RDF bracket were fitted and roughly collimated. A quick look told me what I already knew, the scope focused too closely due to the higher Meade focuser. I scratched a reference line at the front of the rear trim ring and shortened the tube to the line. 
Focusing was now correct and my eyeball collimation was pretty close.  So now I have Mile's first scope ready for a mount.  I'm leaning toward a Celestron C5 mount from the '70s that has had its motor cannibalized. The C5 of that era has the same 5.5" tube diameter. I can put it on a Nexstar 4/5 tripod and it can be used manually in EQ for better tracking than a Dob mount. If I can fit some C8 forks it might even swing thru. A couple of good Plossls and a Barlow and Miles will be on his way.
If there's point to this (other than I have a wife tolerant of all the "junk" I have), it's there are still kids coming along who are enthusiastic, at least where they can see the stars. Now that's something to be thankful for.