One Christmas after having moved out of my parents' home, my mother remarked that I had entered the stage of life in which power tools became appropriate gifts. I'll never forget coming down the stairs to that compound miter saw (featured in the video on this page). I'll stop short of calling it the best gift I ever received, but it's certainly a contender.
Building is a love that I've done my best to share. When I taught astronomy, I introduced some students to their first power tools when we built a Dobsonian telescope. Many of them had never even picked up a hammer. You can see one of our builds here. I also used to teach a summer day-camp in rocketry that involved building on a slightly different scale. Fun times. ;)
This video documents the construction of a Jeffersonian Bookstand I built for my wife's birthday. You can download the plans here. If you like this video, you might also like my educational science series--The Tabletop Explainer.
Below, you'll see my standing desk. I wanted to free up room in my office. So I designed it to sit atop three open bookshelves--two in the back and one in the front. Here's an album chronicling its construction.