When I find I need something other than the outdoors to fill my time outside of work, I will typically turn to art, music, or some kind of project. These are descriptions of some projects I've taken on in my free time.
The Build I decided one afternoon just before finals week that I wanted to build a roof top tent for my car. This was going to be used on an upcoming road trip. My initial thought was that I could do it all for under $100. I didn't realize how intense the project would get with only 8 days to complete it. Luckily my friend Luke was willing to endure some long hours both in the shop making the hinges and in the garage sewing. We built the entire thing from scratch. Scrap metal and a little time in the machine shop produced a pair of hinges (the second iteration will be better). A 4' by 8' piece of plywood was the starting point for the base. The hardware came from Home Depot. The tent material I got from ripstopbytheroll.com. All of this was done for under $100. The padding sent me over budget by about $70. I bought a couple of mattress toppers from Target. Still, the project was done for about $725 less than a new RTT would cost for my car. And that's the cheap mode