The Projects of 2020

Over the past several years, partly because of the work I do now, I have gotten into working with my hands and building things. I have shared some of my projects before, but wanted to share some of the things I got to do throughout 2020. I got to learn some new things/techniques, and I was able to make some mistakes and improve my skills along the way. So, here they are in no particular order.

For Mother’s Day, Dustin came up with the idea to make Kara a Pizza Peel, so we bought an oak board and came up with this. All of the kids had a hand in helping.

I was able to finish the retaining wall in the front (our Covid lockdown project) and put a new porch light on the house.

Built some birthday projects this year: a toy gun for Charlie and a desk for Chloe. With the desk, I got a chance to try some new things: tapered legs and dowel joinery.

I built a pair of stools for in the garage out of lumber and electrical conduit that was rescued from the dumpster. I built Kara a school supplies holder thing (tote?). I took my EDC tray and integrated it into the top of my night stand. I also took an online course in 3D modeling for the purpose of designing my projects before I build.

Dustin tried his hand at designing and building too, putting together a table for the kids’ castle.

Kara and I tried to come up with ideas and make Christmas gifts this year so we built candle holders and homemade beeswax candles for my sister-in-law and future sister-in-law, toy muskets for my niece and nephews, and a wood and leather portfolio for my brother to display his artwork in.

Garage Electrical

After wanting to for a long time, I was able to add some real electrical to my garage shop, 2 dedicated 20A circuits plus a 15A for lighting/general use. Plus I cleaned up and completely rewired my electrical panel. Now to finish cleaning and organizing my tools and supplies.

A router table and a miter saw stand are a couple of the things I have planned for this coming year but we’ll see what budget/time allow for.