Summer 2014 HandyWorks

Vote for your favorite member-submitted HandyWorks project to win the Critics' Choice Award.

Custom buffet
Club member Dale Baker of Owasso, Oklahoma, found inspiration when an attractive buffet in a store caught his wife's eye. "She admired it quite a bit until she saw the price," Dale says. So he decided to build one for her. He made the base and doors out of 3/4-in. plywood and made the top out of poplar, which he stained to match other furniture in the home. Dale used prefabricated decorative trim to dress up the door panels and then painted, sanded and glazed the base to give it a distressed look.

Cool clubhouse
To please his toddler son, Josiah, Club member Daniel Ou of TK, North Carolina, built this outdoorsy clubhouse. "My son loves to play in it and 'build' things out of wood," Daniel says. "Like father, like son." The structure's footprint measures 6 x 8 ft., including the porch, and the roof features a skylight (not shown in the photo). Daniel incorporated shelves, wood floors and a chair that he carved out of a large block of wood inside the clubhouse. "When I have some more time, I'd like to add a mini garage for his four-wheeler," Daniel says.

From ship to shelf
When his wife's beloved sailboat had to be scrapped, Club member Jay Donn of Owings, Maryland, removed everything he thought he could reuse and then set to work making a practical memento. He repurposed the boat's wooden doors and shelf railing to create this charming knickknack shelf for the couple's newly remodeled bathroom. Now his wife, Maureen, uses it to display nautical-style collectibles and shells.

Table to go
This portable table created by Club member Dale Clyde of San Antonio, Texas, employs a wheelbarrow as a base so it can be easily moved around the yard for an alfresco meal or refreshments with neighbors. Dale used 1x8 and 1x12 boards cut to fit over the bowl of the wheelbarrow, and he attached hinges to the overhanging sides so they can be easily folded up when passing through a standard-size doorway. He also cut out a rectangle in the center of the tabletop to hold a planter.

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