Projects by DIYers Like You

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


Two-tone treasure
Club member Brian Howard of Williamstown, Kentucky, combined design elements of several bed styles (pencil posts, raised panels and a canopy) to create this one-of-a-kind bed. He used solid oak for the frame, posts, headboard and footboard, which he painted black; then he incorporated solid cherry into the panels, canopy and trim pieces. Brian also built two coordinating nightstands to pull the room together. “My next projects are a matching chest of drawers and a wardrobe,” he says.


Seats for skiers
Made with a few pairs of downhill skis rescued from garage sales, these clever outdoor chairs are the perfect addition to the woodsy backyard of Club member Steve Barber of Tully, New York. He used pressure-treated 2x2 and 1x4 boards to build the frame and secured the pieces together with carriage bolts. “They’re as comfortable as the Adirondack chairs I’ve made in the past,” Steve says.


Neighborly shed
To store his lawn-and-garden equipment in style, Club member Knox Rhine of Newton, Kansas, built this delightful shed. He designed it to blend in with other structures in the community by incorporating lap siding, brick accents and shingles that match those found on houses in the area. The shed features a front entry complete with concrete steps and an exterior-rated door. On the back, he added a 6x6-ft. garage door for easy access to the items stored inside.


Pond for all seasons
In the true spirit of DIY, Club member Joey Young of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, wanted a water feature for her backyard, so she bought a few books for reference and designed this charming pond herself. “It was a great learning experience,” Joey says, and adds that she enlisted the help of her boyfriend to implement the design. The pond boasts a backdrop of plants and natural stones, and the wood sections make great seats for watching her new pet koi.