Projects by DIYers Like You

Take a look at four amazing projects created by fellow members. What do you think?

Picture-perfect deck
“My girlfriend wanted a deck,” says Club member Charles Gibson of Jacksonville, Arkansas. “So I said, ‘Draw a picture and I’ll build it.’” The finished project turned out just like the sketch, boasting a unique curved shape and a pergola on one side. Charles built the 52-ft.-long x 20-ft.-deep deck with a 20-ft. radius in the center and a 12-ft. radius at both ends. The pergola rafters are splayed at 90, 45 and 22-1/2 degrees. The deck railing includes 1x1 balusters and a top that is cut to fit the curve.

Storage by the door
To help his sister’s family (which includes four children) corral hats, mittens, shoes and other clutter, Club member Mike Kane of Montrose, South Dakota, created this custom entryway storage unit. It features upper and lower compartments as well as a large bench for sitting while putting on shoes. Before installation, Mike moved an electrical outlet so it would be accessible and removed the baseboard along the wall behind the unit. He incorporated crown molding, decorative corbels and bead-board panels into the piece for a decorative touch.

Teardrop trailer
During the long, cold winter, Club member Leo McGlynn of Fort Dodge, Iowa, built this teardrop trailer to be ready for camping in the summer. The trailer measures 7 ft. long x just 40 in. wide. Both sides open up to accommodate a queen-size air mattress. Leo pulls the trailer behind his Road King Trike; he enjoys traveling with it to the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota as well as to Yellowstone National Park.

Cedar-scrap bed
When his wife asked him to build a new bed to complement their bedroom’s rustic décor, Club member Dan Daly of Lenexa, Kansas, seized the opportunity to use up the abundance of Western red cedar scraps piled up in his workshop. The beautiful finished bed showcases the variegated colors and grain patterns of the wood, and it’s multifunctional: Dan installed two USB outlets on both sides of the headboard for charging phones, tablets and other electronic devices.