The smell of freshly cut wood and the sound of power saws may pepper your memory of shop class when you were in school. Now that kids across Chatham County are largely learning from home, parents are in a unique position to pass on that experience.


It may have been a hot minute since you picked up a screwdriver or hammer for a project bigger than hanging a shelf, but luckily, there’s help.


Bob Clagett is a SCAD graduate who gave up a career as a software engineer to make stuff.


"I was doing software development for about 15 years, and I found that I needed to get away from the computer and do something with my hands again. That had been a big part of my growing up. So I started making stuff, but then I had to justify the time away from the family."


Clagett launched his YouTube channel, I Like To Make Stuff, in 2013 from his home in Savannah.


"I started making videos as a way to share with somebody else. It just kind of took off and took over, and eventually, it was in competition with my day job. So the day job went."


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After making I Like To Make Stuff his full-time job, it was only a matter of time before he needed more space. Cue a move to Kentucky. The projects that Clagett works on usually revolve around his home or family.


"I’ve always tried to make our videos something that I personally had a use for."


Those build projects have been everything from a closet to a bed frame to a katana. Yes, he made a Japanese sword out of wood.


When the pandemic began shutting down schools and businesses in March, Clagett decided to use the position everyone was in as inspiration. "We couldn’t go to the gym anymore, so we started thinking about how we do that here," he said.


"We’d been talking about a garden for a long time, and it was like since we’re here, we may as well spend the time on that."


Videos on how to make a weight bench, a weight rack, a potting bench, and a raised garden bed are just some of the timely topics he has tackled recently.


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Since his four kids were learning from home, Clagett decided it was the perfect time to show other children how to build things too. "We did a series of shop class videos from home with my kids. I was hoping that would be a more useful thing for more people."


The videos offer an introduction to tools and safety gear along with simple projects.


"This is a thing a lot of people can take advantage of and use with their kids immediately," he said.


Families and individual builders can also take advantage of his online shop. Aside from the t-shirts and patches, Clagett also sells digital plans for all his projects.


His website makes it easy to find the project you’re looking for and the tools he used to build it.