This cutting board is 18 by 18 by 1 inch thick. It is a custom order and it required an extra step in its production. My planer is only 12 inches wide and so I had to make the board in two parts then glue it together and hand plane the seam in the middle. I was careful and used lots clamps and so the seam was pretty close and required limited planing, for which I was grateful.
The other project was one that I talked about last blog.
Here are my two bench top saw horses. I chose to re-enforce the I-beam structure by putting another board in the middle to support the cross pieces. There is a very good chance that the additional boards are just over-engineering, but since the entire project was made from left overs I don't see any harm in it. The I-beam shape allows for easy clamping of the pieces to the work table, or the materials to the saw horse. The saw horses are reddish-orange and so will be easy to find when I need to use them, all my jigs are painted stand out colours.
The video I wanted to share is by Ira Glass, he talks about the creative process and says some very important things in a two minute video. A commonly held idea is that mastery requires 10,000 hours of practice, 10,000 hours is 1250 eight hour days, or approximately 5 years of full time work.
If you are a crafts person as your hobby I think it is smart to recognise that it will take you a long time to achieve a level of mastery that will produce work of which you are proud. It is also encouraging to realize that quality work will come, if you just keep at it.