Things i've made of or with wood.

I have a small and slowly growing collection of 78 rpm records. I'm fairly conservative about buying new ones, both because I'm cheap and because there aren't that many artists that I know and want to collect from that era. I'm also not really looking for value necessarily, but things I enjoy listening to.

Our old camping box was starting to break apart at the hinges, so i made a new one. 

When i bought my house, the worst part of the kitchen was a near-total lack of cabinets. I mean, besides the 4 doors to the kitchen and the lack of home for the refrigerator. But aside from that, cabinets. 

Built in 1909, the house likely had free-standing cabinets for most of its life. By the time I bought it the only cabinets aside from the pantry were on the wall around and above the sink.

This is how much storage and counter space we had around the stove:

My mom remodeled her kitchen over the winter of 2014-15, and wanted a new table that fit the space better than the huge table she was using then. We talked about the size and usage and decided on a single leaf drop table that could snugly seat 6 when open (when us kids and family visit) but also still have room for a newspaper and coffee when folded down.

My house was built in 1909, and i'm absolutely sure that from about 1909 to 1930 or so it was a perfectly delightful and usable kitchen. After that it went downhill because here's the thing: it was never designed with a place to put a refrigerator.

This is a common problem with houses of that era and earlier. They had an ice box in the back hallway that stored perishables and a pantry for the dry goods, and the whole kitchen could be dedicated to utensil storage and work space. (Probably with standalone cabinetry, but that's a story for phase 2).