Projects by DIYers Like You

Fellow hands-on homeowners are building some really cool projects; here are four highlights. What do you think?

Perfect Pergola
When his friends couldn’t find a qualified contractor to build a pergola, Club member Norman Hug of Manchester, Missouri, took on the job. He designed and built the structure using reinforced fiberglass columns and redwood framing. To create the unique curved rafter supports, he bent and laminated double 1x4s. He finished the completed structure with two coats of exterior primer and paint. Norman has since received several requests to build more pergolas.

Storage Solution
With three boys in his house, equipment storage is essential for Club member David Zehrung of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. His fast and easy-to-build storage unit holds three bikes, several helmets, five collapsible chairs, two skateboards, inline skates and a couple of umbrellas — and it all fits perfectly between the two cars in his garage. The vertical bike rack design would be easy to modify to accommodate additional bikes or for storing other types of equipment.

Time for Bed
Club member Scott Barnett of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, is a social studies teacher who enjoys woodworking. He tries to build at least one woodworking project every summer. Scott designed and built this twin bed and matching nightstand for his daughter during his summer break from classes. Basing the design on a bedroom set that he saw in a catalog, he used hard maple for all of the parts and then finished the bed with a two-tone stain treatment and water-base polyurethane.

Classic Canoe
It took 450 hours of work for Club member Al Stokes of Huntsville, Alabama, to complete this beautiful cedar-strip canoe. He chose eastern (Tennessee) cedar for the hull and mahogany for the gunwales, decks and seats. To protect the wood, Al first sealed it with a special fiberglass-and-epoxy system and then applied several topcoats of clear automotive finish for UV protection. He referred to several books about canoe and boat building during the project.