When replacing the staircase in his foyer, Club member Robert Moore of Branchburg, New Jersey, started with research. “I spent several weeks learning how the various components are sized and fit together,” Robert says. He used maple for all of the visible wood parts and paint-grade plywood for the risers and skirts. He also used plywood beneath the carpet runner that covers most of the treads, and he added maple tread caps along the outer edges. To ensure that his family stayed safe during construction, Robert built a set of temporary railings and floor boots that he installed at the end of each work session so everyone could still access the upper level.
Like many heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation, the materials for this cedar chest created by life member Jim Parrish of Duck River, Tennessee, have been passed down from project to project. The cedar used for the outer walls was once a tree that Jim cut down, planed and made into shelving. The inner shelf was recovered from a dilapidated cedar chest that had suffered water damage, and the oak used to frame the round top was rescued from a local cabinet shop’s scrap pile. The finished chest took roughly 20 hours to complete and cost about $10.
Resourceful Club member Timothy Pierce of Wolcott, Connecticut, pieced together this one-of-a-kind driveway using found rocks, salvaged sidewalk and a little creativity. For the border, he employed the native copper-colored stones that are plentiful in his region. The concrete slabs in the center of the driveway were once part of a local city sidewalk; made before wire was used to reinforce the material, the 6- to 8-in.-thick blocks were easy to break and shape into a mosaic design. Timothy finished off the driveway by filling the joints with trap rock.
A Shed for All Seasons
With a welcoming path, a cozy front porch and a charming lamppost nearby, this storage shed created by Club member Ray Stoker of Wanship, Utah, has curb appeal that could rival that of any well-manicured suburban home in America. Ray and his wife, Gladys, completed the entire project themselves, including the original design. They incorporated decorative windows, hand-painted shutters and electricity, which comes in handy for hanging Christmas lights and other holiday décor. Aside from being an aesthetic addition to their yard, the shed also serves as storage space for outdoor power equipment and various home-improvement materials.
Walkway to the Water
When Club member Harold Hahn of Oscoda, Michigan, realized that some of his neighbors were unable to enjoy their lakeside locale because they lacked accessible routes along the beach, he decided to build this 150-ft.-long portable path. The nautical-style walkway is divided into several sections made of long, narrow boards connected with heavy-duty cables. This design allows the path to be rolled up and stored during winter. Harold also sized several sections to fit around a nearby fire pit used for summer soirées. Now the entire neighborhood can get out and enjoy the waterfront.