When time allows and the creative juices are flowing I enjoy making sawdust. You know, buying some wood, cutting it this way and that, and then piecing it together.
Here's some of the projects I've completed in the past:
1. Built-Ins for Living Room, November 2011
2. Cat Tree #1, August 2014
3. TV Stand, April 2015
4. Vogelmonster Baseball Card Box, November 2017
5. Bat Rack, December 2017
6. Cat "Tree" #2, April 2019
The TV stand, card box, and bat rack can all be found in my man room. My work isn't the most ornate, but it's mine and I love it.
I think what I enjoy the most is the planning process. I spent more than a handful of nights last month drawing pictures, running through measurements, and starting over from scratch when a new idea hit.
I started and finished this piece, another one for my man room, during this winter break from teaching.
Here's what I was looking to replace in the man room: my end table.
Here's what I started with:
The next step was to drill the holes for the screws to join the boards together.
I've used this Kreg jig tool before. It's really easy to use and helps hide screws so well.
After cleaning the workroom up it was time to stain, and sand, and stain again. I really dislike this process, but wife kept encouraging me and I'm thankful she did.
I spent this past Sunday afternoon assembling the end table.
Here's the before and after. I found new homes for my softball glove and the other items you see on the old end table.
The binders in the front are designated for the ones I reach for the most. In the picture (top to bottom) is my Vogelmonster binder, my Kerry Wood binder, my 2016 World Series binder, and my Sandberg binder.
The five slots on the back are empty right now, and now there's also four vacant slots within my card closet. That means there's room for NINE more binders! For those of you wondering, my HOF binder is taking up one of the two slots in my TV stand, which is quite the prestigious location.
I'm very pleased with this project and I'm looking forward to playing with my binders and eventually filling those holes!