For the last couple of years my wife and I have introduced a tradition of making our gifts for each other. This year that gift was what I am calling a 'lap desk' but I guess it just a freestanding mini desk that has a tilting top.
This christmas my wife and I agreed that we would make our gifts for each other. Given we made the decision a month or so before christmas it allowed plenty of time to figure out a plan, order supplies, and have some weekends to actually start making..
A couple of months ago I wrote about turning a doorbell surround as my first paid commission for a colleague at work. Turns out there is some small market for doorbell surrounds, as I recently got a comment on that post asking if I'd be prepared to do another.I guess the metal parts of these doorbells has survived, but the wooden surrounds have rotted away. And apparently there is nowhere still selling anything like it.
This week a colleague approached me to ask if I could make something for him.His house, which he's been renovating, still had an original doorbell from whenever it was built. The door bell was a round metal plate with a button in the middle, inset into a wood ring which was screwed to the wall. Time had not been kind to the wooden ring and it was a rotted mess. So the job was simple, could I make him a replacement wooden ring.
My second passion after software engineering is woodwork. After a hard day sat in front of a computer with not much to show for my labours, it is refreshing to be able to work with a real material and produce something tangible. My latest effort was this dish: