I build copper and brass starburst clocks that glow in the dark. I know that does not seem like too horribly manly of a pursuit, but it has many manly elements. I get cut a lot, I solder, drill holes in stuff, and measure a lot. I also can make a lot of the stuff I give for Christmas...
Yea, I have been loathe to take time off from work, but it is really worth the investment. Duh! It should be a no-brainer.
Plus, it's totally worth it if I can have a smooth pec instead of these hideous shelves (as someone put it)."