My father and I are both engineers, but the kinds of things we make couldn't be different: he's a mechanical engineer, so he builds mostly physical things, whereas mine tend to be more virtual. Even my hobbies — photography, filmmaking, various flavors of design — are nearly all pixel-based and happen in front of a screen, generally at the direction of my fingertips. So whenever I get a chance to make something in the physical world, I usually try to have fun with it.
My wife asked me to make her some candlestick holders for the holidays. Our in-laws are in the process of finishing their basement, so I figured it might be neat to grab a few discarded chunks of 2×4 and see what we could make from them. Here's how it went.
Yay! I did manage to injure myself (by dropping my brother-in-law's old, insanely heavy drill press onto my finger), but on the whole, I'm pretty happy with the result. It's fun to work with wood.