Projects by DIYers Like You

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

Heirloom horse
Inspired to create an heirloom for his first grandchild, Club member Robert Phelan of Amherst, Ohio, built this rocking horse out of solid poplar. He cut the horse's head and body as one piece; then he added the sides, two face pieces, four legs and a rocking base. He also incorporated handles, a leather saddle and yarn hair. As part of the gift, Robert gave his granddaughter a DVD of photos that show him building the piece so she can someday pass on the heirloom and the memories to the next generation.

Custom clock
Club member Peter Chomitz of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, crafted this King Edward-style grandfather clock for his granddaughter, Stephanie. "Although kits are available, I decided that if the clock is to be made by grandpa, it should be a DIY project," Peter says. He designed and built jigs for three different moldings and then crafted the large cabinet from cherry. He adds, "I am pleased to tell you that my granddaughter loved it."

Red shed
This impressive shed is an ongoing project for Club member and professional carpenter Calvin Hill of Plymouth, Minnesota. He has spent many hours of his free time in his backyard carefully designing and building each component. Calvin especially enjoyed crafting the custom exterior trim and the double door made of reclaimed oak. The fully insulated shed even features a roomy loft with dormers and plenty of windows.
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Blue-ribbon barbecue 
Club member Henry Swan of Matteson, Illinois, built the frame for this outdoor kitchen using 22-gauge steel channels, which he then covered with HardiBacker board and variegated cultured stone. The ensemble includes a wood-burning pizza oven, a refrigerator, a side burner, a sink and two grilling kettles surrounded by granite countertops and a small backsplash. Three decorative storage areas for stashing firewood and two lanterns add to the convenience and ambience of this enviable outdoor living space.