Until 2000 or so, I considered myself craftsmanship-challenged. Trust me, there's no Norm Abrahm stuff on this page; but I am proud of it and I find the process (dare I say) therapeutic.
projects: (most recent to oldest)
The more stuff I do the more I enjoy the creative process of it--the creativity comes in trying to figure out how to do something that looks cool & is functional based on my limited skill & knowledge.
I also realize that a lot of my job (and a lot about LIFE) is very intangible and hard to control. But shop projects are more tangible--you can get your hands on them--shape them, alter them.
It also focuses my mind off of all the other stuff of life and onto the project at hand. I think the combination of these two things is what brings the "therapy" to the shop for me.
Use this simple chart to know the actual dimension of lumber: