Now that Christmas is over and I’m back to work, I’ve had some time to think about the blessings I got this season.
My wife got me the Ryobi 18v One+ Drill/Impact Driver kit from Home Depot this year. I have yet to use the drill, but I’ve already put the impact driver to much use. By putting everyone else’s gifts together :D. I used to try and drive screws with a drill and ended up stripping almost every one of them. I always thought it was something I was doing wrong. I’d never used an impact driver until this weekend. MAN! What a difference! I disassembled two beds, reassembled one of them, and assembled an L shaped desk. I was a MACHINE! It’s amazing how much work can get done when you have the right tool. I have yet to really put these things through their paces, but for a hobbyist like me these things are gonna do great.
The second thing I got was a Hitachi 10” Compound Miter Saw. It’s one of the highest rated miter saws on Lowes.com and many people have said they like it just as well as some of the other more expensive units. Sadly, this tool is still in the box waiting to be assembled because of all the furniture building I did this weekend. But soon… very soon.
But, by far and large the best gift I got (again from my wife) was the reminder on why I started down this journey in the first place. This year, I made her a what was supposed to be a small heart shaped plaque for her to put in her classroom that says “This classroom is powered by the heart of a great teacher” Well, it was SUPPOSED to say that anyway. All I had to make it was a jig saw to rough out the shape and a belt sander to sand it up and try to round off the edges a bit. Needless to say it is totally lopsided, isn’t sanded evenly and has some ugly cuts in it that I couldn’t get out. I tried several techniques to get the saying onto the wood, but none of them worked. No way I could hand paint it on there either. But, as she unwrapped the misshapen heart with the barely visible saying on it, she gave me the best gift I could have asked for. She gave me a big hug and a smile and told me she loved it. This ugly, embarrassing thing I had tried to make she loved as much as anything else I’ve ever given her.
And THAT ladies and gentlemen, is why I’m in the shop. To feed my soul. To make things for others. To hopefully bring joy and happiness to anyone who gets something I make. If she got this happy about something that bad, I’m excited to see what happens when I start figuring out what I’m doing.
I hope you all had a great Christmas, too. I’ve been blown away by some of the amazing things I’ve seen in the projects that people made others a gifts. I hope you all got the same reaction as I did and felt the same way
-- Butchering wood since 2015