It's been over 10 years since my brother, Kevin, dropped out of the "rat race"-- he left the overworked and underpaid world of retail management and went into business for himself. This career move was a dramatic and positive change for him. It has allowed him to use his God-given talents and to work with his hands doing things he loves. It also gave him much more time to spend with his family.
For Christmas a couple of years ago my father built my wife & I a coffee table for Christmas. He had all the pieces of oak cut to size, but he assembled it himself.
For a wedding present just last year Kevin built, from scratch, a pair of end tables to match the coffee table which my father had made just a couple of years before:
To transport these beautiful end tables Kevin even built a crate using plywood and 2x4s.
On one of his more recent projects, Kevin & his wife have re-done their kitchen in a rather rustic Adirondack style:
And then, to cap it all off-- using the scraps left over he built a matching "trash can" to pull the whole thing together (kind of like The Dude's rug in The Big Lebowski)
I tell ya, he never ceases to amaze me.