15 Must-See Reader Projects
The Family Handyman readers have DIY in their DNA, as you can see in the following projects. Some are more practical, some are downright over-the-top, but all are definitely worth sharing.
Reader Todd Rice literally built a private movie theater in his home. Click here to see more photos and more angles of this bonus space and all of its cool features.
Old Barn-Wood Bed
Reader Scott Cheeseman knows a good thing when he sees it. And when his uncle tore down a 100-year-old barn, he raised his hand to take some of the old wood. Scott then crafted this beautiful bed with built-in drawers.
Safe, Stylish Railing
Click here to learn what materials reader Sean O’Conner used to construct this safe, low-maintenance deck railing that preserves a great view around his home.
F-14 Play Set
Reader Tom Gurule created this aircraft-inspired play set for his 5-year-old grandson, who wants to be a jet pilot when he grows up. Click here to see all of the lifelike features Tom incorporated into this labor of love.
To make the most out of the space in a really tall, deep cabinet, reader Jason Gilliam made the following modifications. He moved the cabinet’s back panel forward, cut a hole in the side and built a slide-out shelf. Click here to see it in action.
This workshop of all workshops took three years for reader Mike Pado to complete. But it was sure worth it. Click here to see photos of this huge, barn-style workshop.
When you can’t find what you want at the right price, you do make it yourself—at least that’s what reader Glenn Galbraith does. And along with the gorgeous shutters that he built for his house comes a sense of pride.
Custom Lego Table
This table, built by reader Victor Paolino, was designed around Lego construction plates that he purchased online. The table features a road and parking spaces for toy cars and special storage trays—all of which inspire hours of imaginative play for Victor’s great-grandson.
Grand Garden Shed
Ever think about putting an outdoor shower in a garden shed? Neither have we! But that’s just what reader Emlyn Jones did, and he used shed plans from The Family Handyman.
Reader David Riggins created a stone fireplace exactly as his wife Charlie had envisioned. He even poured a custom concrete slab for the hearth. Click here to see what the couple’s fireplace looked like before this amazing makeover.
Reader Dave Conners’ wife asked for a dryer pedestal and that’s what she got—plus some extra storage space! Click here to see more photos.
Reader Jak Krumholtz built a loft bed with enough room below it for, well, a room! He added retro automotive seats with a console, a dome light, pullout shelves and space to store his bicycles.
Easy, Elegant Floors
Staining concrete floors is not an easy task, but reader Nichole David pulled it off. And since she’s completed similar projects for her friends and family.
Reader Byrom Stacey built this simple-yet-stunning shed using plans from The Family Handyman. Click here to find out what modifications Byrom made during construction.
Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Dempster
Reader Brandon Dempster is a magician (or at least a very clever DIYer)! He built this disappearing bed with bookshelf in his guest room. We can’t explain it any better—you just have to see it for yourself!
Originally Published:November 14, 2017