Not that different, I guess.
I purchased a little vintage rolling tool chest a few weekends ago, and I'm going though tweaking it and making it useful to what I need. I fell in love with it because it's made almost entirely out of .25" and .5" wood scraps from old wooden shipping crates and a mishmash of fasteners - screws and nails of all shapes and sizes. I've replaced the casters, and shortly I'm going to repaint it one of it's earlier colors (either green or light blue - I'm leaning toward the blue.) I may or may not replace the drawer pulls, or I might paint them a contrasting color.
One of the things I'm doing is giving it acounter top type top. With the help of the long-suffering Ian, I picked out a beautiful slab of curly maple from the local lumber yard, and with his help, cut it to size and chiseled out long mortises so it sits down over the chest's uprights. It was nice to learn to use a larger chisel - I've gotten a little training on chiseling at a window repair class I'd taken last year, and it was good to see I'd retained some of the learning I'd gotten.
After having roughed it out, I brought everything home to finish up. After about 2 hours of hand sanding, (and getting a feel for how long it was going to take,) I got myself a nice little Mikita 1/4 sheet sander for $50. I'm at about hour 4 for 150 grit, and I've learned that getting a decent quality of sandpaper really helps. After getting it down to a nice 220 grit, I plan on giving it two light coats of Tung Oil to really enhance that curl, and then 3 layers or so of dewaxed shallac.
While this does not have to do with building windows directly, wood working is going to be a part of the project. I've done some noodling around, and right now, the most prevalent species in the Netherlands are Scots Pine and Oaks (of various flavors.) But the three oldest trees, (per monumentaltrees.com) are the Pedunculate (English) Oak, the Common Lime, and the Yew. The London Plane Tree came in #8, which we know as the Sycamore.
The practice in making this simple little counter top will help in the future.