Several weeks ago, I came upon the Summer's Woodworking 2x4 Challenge and it looked way too fun to not try. The challenge is to see what you can build out of a regular 2x4. Those things are cheap, so I figured it would be a relatively inexpensive way to challenge myself to do something new.
I gotta tell you. It was WORK! Between struggles with the Table Saw from dullsville, and learning how NOT to use a planer or camera phone, I learned a great deal. The video max length was 10 minutes, and I realized that cutting it down to that was almost as hard as making the thing. I really like to document stuff!
At any rate, here's the video. Hope you enjoy!
If I were doing it over again (and I may), I would shorten the post and lengthen the paddles. I think I'm also going to do a cross beam base that will just sit over the top of the rain barrel (trash cans) when the lid is off. I certainly have plenty of 2x4 scraps.
Cost: 2 planers, 1 mini jar of tinted weatherproofing, and 1 2x4 - $25
Time: 3 full days
Outcome: Success! I learned something.