I Started Woodworking

There is a silver lining with the whole COVID-19 pandemic, at least for me there is. My work finally allowed us to telecommute. For the time being, I no longer have to commute into the city. I gained so many hours back daily. I get to eat breakfast with my kids. I feel my mental health has improved. It’s unfortunate that it took a global pandemic for them to realize the possibilities. I’m a programmer/developer and can work 100% remotely – it only makes sense. So, with the extra time, what can I do?

We bought our first house a couple of years ago and I have many ideas of DIY projects and home improvement. It’s a good time to start. So I decided to look up videos on power tools on YouTube. I instantly fell in love. So many skillful people out there. I’ve always wanted to take up carpentry if I didn’t have a 9-5 job or once I retire. I wanted to learn about different types of wood, cutting, joining pieces together using different joints. It’s a whole new world and it’s very interesting.

I’m a bargain hunter and have purchased tools before. The first tools I bought was a set of Dewalt Impact Driver (DCF787) and Drill Driver (DCD777). Both came with bits, cordless, and uses brushless motor (they say these are better). I was able to get this set for $149 back in 2017. It has been a great tool so far. The battery holds up well and chargers fairly quickly.

DeWalt Brushless Drivers
DeWalt Brushless Drivers

One of the first things I did after moving into the new house is built shelves for the many different video game consoles we have. I looked around Pinterest to get ideas. So I went to Home Depot and picked out some lumber. I didn’t want to spend too much money since I am inexperienced so I just got the “basic” ones. I didn’t have any cutting tools, so I had them cut it for me. I already had the dimensions in mind. The taller consoles I was able to use 2×6 wood as the ends while the rest, 2×4 worked well. I used MDF board for the shelf itself. It’s very primitive but it worked.

Video game console shelves

The cuts were not perfect and neither was the measurements but it works well enough. I had left over paint from a previous project, that’s why it’s blue. If I were to do it again, I’ll repaint to white. I looked around for a simple shelf like this but couldn’t find any. So I built one.

Back side with an attempt of cable management

One of the things I wanted to solve was cable management. It was a lot worse than the photo. I ran strips of wood and used cable clips. All consoles are wired to the network to help with download speeds and lessen the WIFI traffic.

With this idea, I wanted to build a computer stand. One of my computers is on the floor – carpet. This is very bad. I wanted to lift it a few inches off the ground. I looked around and all I found was standing desks when you search for “computer stand”. I found one through Ali Express and got it but it wasn’t great. Again, why not build one so I did.

Computer stand
Computer stand

The shelf itself is MDF and I used 2×4 wood as the feet. I added one in the middle for extra support. The case is a Fractal Design Define R4 and at that time served as my NAS back up so it had 8 hard drives – very heavy. Simple yet it solved my problem. Not sure why they don’t sell computer stands anymore.

This new hobby has enabled me to build things that I can’t find or don’t exist. I’m not great at it but I’m learning. I can’t wait to start on the next project.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.