Got the double dog/guinea pig kennel completed and delivered this week. The clients were thrilled with the final product.
And yes that is walnut top! IG may break and I may get hate mail due to walnut touching pine, but it ties in and looks incredible in the clients house.
I learned so much during this build. New skills that will definitely carry forward to future builds. However some the biggest lessons were perseverance, flexibility and the ability to overcome self doubt.
In the midst of this project a world wide pandemic set in and although being quarantined to my house and working remotely, I didn’t get much time for woodworking. My first thought was “great I’ll be able to take my lunch break in the shop and get in some extra build time as I won’t be commuting”, but nope that didn’t happen. Work being crazy, my wife and I finding ourselves working in the same space, 3 kids needing to be home schooled, as well as navigating parenting and emotions of this unknown new world, didn’t allow for the laid back shop time I had originally and eagerly anticipated. There were many days that I could have gone into the shop after the day job, but was too tired mentally and physically to trust myself with power tools.
After fighting the idea that my “routine” was off, and finding “normal” in the new norm, I was pleasantly surprised with my NEW routine. Reflecting back on this build I proved to myself that I could do this and learned lessons that will transfer throughout all areas of my life, as a husband, father, and woodworker. - 2 hours ago