Projects by DIYers Like You

Handyman Club members know their way around the workshop; check out these projects created by four stellar DIYers.

To say that Club member Marlin Frakes of Littleton, Colorado, cruises the neighborhood in style would be an understatement. He transformed a beat-up pink golf cart into a flashy new ride. “I spent two years on this project,” Marlin says. “It’s my retirement gift to myself.” He modified the engine to reach a top speed of 30 mph and added new lights with turning signals and emergency flashers and a radio with a built-in DVD player. The cruiser seats four people — perfect for Marlin and his three grandkids.

Cabinet revival
Inspired by Carlyle Lynch’s plans for an 18th-century James Gheen cabinet that resides at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Club member Richard Dolbow of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, crafted his own version of an American classic. “Unlike the original, which was made of black walnut, I used cherry as the primary wood,” Richard says. The cabinet features hand-dovetailed drawers and custom moldings. He finished the piece with walnut dye, burgundy shellac, custom-blended stain and a water-base lacquer, which he rubbed out by hand using pumice and rottenstone.

Mini Harleys
Club member Norm Luker of Macon City, Iowa, created these Harley Davidson-style rockers for his 2-year-old twin grandsons. (The boys’ father, a Harley mechanic, inspired the project.) The frames are made of 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. copper tubing and fittings, which Norm assembled with J-B Weld and then buffed and finished with three coats of spray lacquer. He made the wood parts out of pine, walnut and oak, which he stained and coated with polyurethane. For an authentic touch, Norm covered the seats with leather from a pair of chaps that he purchased at a garage sale.

Portable table
This pint-size table crafted by Club member Bill Oehler of Kuna, Idaho, was discovered on the Handyman Club of America Facebook page . Bill designed and built the durable piece for camping: It’s only 22 in. tall, and the top, which measures 22 x 23-1/2 in., slides apart so the table can fold for storage. Bill used pine from his local lumberyard to make the table, which provides a great surface for meals or holding drinks and snacks while he’s lounging in a lawn chair by a campfire.