Occasionally I create something just for the fun of it, and to see if I can make something functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. In this case it is a napkin holder, that serves the additional purpose of a chopstick storage and dispenser.
I normally do not work with plywood, but sometimes you acquire some, and just do not want to let it go to waste. Instead of making a box or a shelf, or a table top out it, I decided to make something I had a need for. In this case it was an organized way to store my set of drills that would get them off of my table top, while keeping them readily accessible while I am working.
Sometimes when you have a little bit of extra hardwood laying around, you have a couple of options. You can toss it, you can buy some more wood and make something big, or you can make something useful out of it. In this case I decided it was time to try and make myself a wooden mallet.
Sometimes you need to stray from a usual design and come up with something new, but useful. In this case I created a unique looking pillar candle holder for my daughter. Although it looks like three separate pieces they are all fully attached and a single item.
Sometimes after you create one project you find yourself finding a need to build a similar project for yourself, and you feel it's not right to take ownership of an item that you were purposefully building for someone else. *laughter* So I decided that I should just make another one instead.
Sometimes you have to make something for yourself to fill a need, and be stylish at the same time. In this case I was looking to create storage for shot glasses that could also work as a way to serve drinks too. That was the genesis of the shot glass flights.
Sometimes you need to build something useful and decorative just to see where you can take it. In this case I decided to make a stylized decorative tray for my own personal use. Normally I make trays for others so this time I took a few chances because I knew the end user well.
Sometimes when you look around at your scrap pile you find a few items that are leftover from old pieces of items you have torn apart or are the only good parts left from items that were too far gone to salvage. Sometimes with a little creative vision, something good can come from this.