over the last few years i've tried to go more of the "garden and garage" route than "mcdonald's and ikea". i just get this feeling that i'm too dependent on creature comforts and was either forgetting, or never learning, how to do basic things for myself. i've been doing a ton of cooking in the last few years (going to build some planter boxes for a spring vegetable/herb garden), started brewing my own beer, even converted an old chest freezer into a homebrew kegerator. with my first kid due in a few months, it was baby furniture time. we got the crib and i assembled it, but i wanted to try my hand at building some furniture from scratch. i did some reading and decided that a good pocket hole jig was going to be the difference maker for a good finish and no visibly exposed screws. still have to paint it, but it is completed and sanded after about 8 total hours and quite a few pints in the garage. bookshelves up next.
anyone else do much work like this? anyone have any specific advice on building a good, seasonal garden? i'm in a rental through may 2013 so i don't want to invest too much for a year's worth of use. i was thinking about some 3-4' wide, 10-12 feet long, 2' deep boxes made out of fence boards.
raw materials (the pile on the right is for the bookshelves).
kreg jig (pocket hole jig). this thing is a must-have for any project - i was wary at first but it works great.
shelves and topper built.
sanded, trimmed out, ready to paint.
bonus pic of the kegerator.