Projects by DIYers Like You

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

Need a Lift?
While attending North Iowa Area Community College, Club member Dennis Carberry of Mason City, Iowa, spent 18 months designing and building this hydraulic aerial lift. He machined and assembled everything, including the gears and gearbox. The lift rotates 360 degrees and extends 35 ft. It is powered by a gas engine with a 12-volt electric motor for backup. Dennis wasted no time in putting the lift to work while painting and shingling his house.

From Crafts to Cabinetry
After more than 10 years of making small wooden craft projects, Club member Jan Claar of Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania, decided to expand her knowledge and skills with two years' worth of carpentry and woodworking classes. Now she is building much more advanced projects, such as this floor-standing solid-poplar cabinet. Jan made the raised panels and crown molding with a table saw. The interior features three adjustable shelves supported by metal standards. Jan did all of the design work and completed the project in about five days.

Gardener's Delight
To make use of a few extra trusses left over from building a porch, Club member Arnold Paul of Stillwater, Minnesota, created this beautiful gardener's shed for his wife. The spacious 10 x 14-ft. shed features an 8-ft. front overhang, which provides additional weather-protected work space. Arnie even ran electricity to the shed to accommodate evening work and power tools or appliances such as lights to start seedlings.