Usually those jobs spend time to save money. I am prepared to send extra time glueing up cheap lumber from the bin to make shelves for my shop rather than go out and buy lumber. Other times those projects are made from lumber that has to be planed because it starts out as off cuts of various sizes, shapes and types.
Other times a big project is only a big project because it has taken a long time for me to get around to finishing it.
I have a couple more photos of little projects, nothing difficult, but little things that can take a person away from big things.
On the left is a painting we bought in New Zealand a few years ago and on the right a mirror in our laundry/mud room. I made both of the frames. The painting's frame is my only experience so far with cherry. The mirror is elm. You know the routine, carefully cut the mitred corners then lose your mind gluing the corners together. I used my KREG Klamp Table to help glue the corners, but it means that you have to clamp, glue and wait. I suggest that waiting for the glue to dry is a good time to become a blogger, 'cause it is not a good time to drink beer. (too much glue = way to much beer!)
I have also consumed time making jigs lately and working on Eva Necklace case. The jigs get built and painted RED and the case gets little bits and pieces glued in place and then.....you know. I can image the Necklace case being finished in a couple of weeks, there is has only been 4 years in coming, that's not bad, is it?