Projects by DIYers Like You

These four projects were created by talented members of the Handyman Club of America. What do you think?

Dashing dishware display
As is the case for many DIYers, the upcoming holiday season had Club member Dale Possing of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, thinking about making handcrafted gifts for loved ones. After careful consideration, he decided to make this charming display and storage cabinet for his girlfriend of four years. Dale constructed the piece using solid oak and chose to show off the species’ beautiful grain pattern with plywood panels in the base cabinet’s sliding doors — something his fellow woodworkers will surely appreciate.

Poolside kitchen
From masonry to metalwork and everything in between, this entire outdoor kitchen was handcrafted by Club member Charles McDowell with the help of his father and son. The trio even did the plumbing and electrical work themselves so the alfresco dining space could be equipped with lighting, ceiling fans, hot and cold water, refrigeration and more. Granite countertops add a classy touch to the breezy poolside hangout.

Memories and music
“I have no formal training when it comes to woodworking, other than what my father taught my brother and me when we were growing up,” says Club member Kirk Rush of Scottsville, Virginia. “That being said, I wanted to create something truly amazing for my brother’s 50th birthday. He is a collector of guitars and a woodworker himself, so it was with some trepidation that I embarked on a project to build him a guitar from scratch.” With a little online research and determination, Kirk created this gift using curly maple, bubinga, purpleheart and wenge woods — not to mention his own two hands.

Modern entertainment-center makeover
This sleek, modern entertainment center created by Club member Daniel Ebenezer of Simi Valley, California, makes a bold style statement. Daniel first crafted a wood frame along the wall and then attached decorative panels from Modular Arts ( that not only boost style but also hide power cords. The panels are even fireproof — an important feature for Daniel, as his entertainment wall also includes a fireplace. He finished off the project by adding two storage units made of 1/2-in. plywood and covered with wenge veneer.