16 Hand-Selected Reader Projects from The Family Handyman
Ranging in size, difficulty and design, these 16 reader projects are as unique as the DIYers who built them.
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Photo: Courtesy of John White
Outdoor Wood-Fired Oven
Inspired by foreign exchange students that his family hosted, reader John White built this professional-looking wood-fired oven in his backyard. Then he needed to learn how to bake!
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Photo: Courtesy of John Kubicki
Open-Fire Brick Barbecue Bar
With no brick-laying experience, reader John Kubicki built a dream outdoor kitchen featuring an open-fire barbecue, a mini-fridge, a beautiful patio, built-in bench and more.
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Photo: Courtesy of Vern Schleyer
In-Wall Kitchen Cabinets
Reader Vern Schleyer didn’t have enough room in his kitchen for more cabinets, so he built them into the wall. Click here to find out how he did it.
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Photo: Courtesy of John Golock
Backyard Stone Fireplace
Reader John Golock built an impressive stone fireplace himself. Bet you can’t tell that it was his first attempt at a masonry project—ever!
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Photo: Courtesy of Mark Maixner
Hidden Staircase Drawer
Oh the possibilities! Check out this awesome hidden drawer that reader Mark Maixner built into his staircase. Think of all of the storage space you could harness with this project!
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Photo: Courtesy of Keith Rider
Garden Tractor Made of Junkyard Parts
Reader Keith Rider scoured the local junkyard for months before planning and executing this fully functional (and definitely one-of-a-kind) lawn tractor using the parts that he found.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sam Wiza
Reader Sam Wiza built this special playhouse for his grandchildren using lumber that he felled and milled himself. We think that’s incredibly impressive!
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Photo: Courtesy of Michael McGuire
Patio and Pergola
To save some serious cash, reader Michael McGuire decided to DIY his patio and pergola project. We think he did a standup job, and surely learned a thing or two along the way.
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Photo: Courtesy of Joe Hawkins
Garage Doors in Disguise
Simply adding some plywood, cedar boards and decorative framework, reader Joe Hawkins upgraded his garage doors tremendously.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jan Ryan
Elevated Vegetable Garden Planter
Reader Jan Ryan made her life as a gardener ten times better by building a raised planting table. Now it’s so much easier to tend to her delicious veggies and herbs.
Originally Published: November 16, 2017