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20 Impressive Projects Built by Readers of The Family Handyman

Our readers are seriously talented, and the stories behind their projects are always inspiring. Read on to find out what makes each of these 20 reader projects so special.

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Five-Dollar Log Cabin Playhouse

Five-Dollar Log Cabin Playhouse

This log cabin-style playhouse looks amazing—even before you learn that it cost reader Ted Shumaker just $5 to build! Click here to find out how he did it.
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Perfect-Fit Fence

Perfect-Fit Fence

When you can’t find what you’re looking for, build it yourself! That’s what reader Scott Schneider did with his fence. The completed project features arches that complement the style of his house—just what he wanted.
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Starfighter Play Set

Starfighter Play Set

Reader John Rubino may get the coolest-dad-ever award for this play set that he built for his two sons in his backyard. Click here to find out what he used to construct this creative fort for his kids.
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Backyard Putting Practice

Backyard Putting Practice

This backyard putting green, created by reader Shane Graham, features a border of flagstone, artificial grass and two holes for putting practice. What a fun place to pass the time at home!
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Amazing Marble TracksPhoto: Courtesy of Steve Moseley

Amazing Marble Tracks

Click here to find out what parts reader Steve Moseley used to create these marble tracks for his sons’ bedrooms. The results are truly amazing!
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Jeep Bed for Kids

Jeep Bed for Kids

Reader John Forck designed and built these really cool Jeep beds for his son and neighbor’s daughter. They feature amazing details such as headlights, license plates and off-road-style wheels. John also shared a link to his Etsy page, where you can download plans and build one yourself!
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New Use for Old Cabinets

New Use for Old Cabinets

Reader Janet Johnson turned two secondhand kitchen cabinets into one tall and trendy bathroom cabinet. Click here to find out what she did to transform the cabinets into a new stellar storage piece.
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School Bus Turned Mobile Cabin

School Bus Turned Mobile Cabin

Equipped with knotty pine paneling, bunk beds for six, an air conditioner and more, reader Adam Fisher brought his dream to life when he built this cabin on wheels. Click here to see what else Adam incorporated into the converted school bus.
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Playhouse That Grows with Kids

Playhouse That Grows with Kids

Reader Dave Mensch built this playhouse for his daughters with the thought that they could use it for studying and for sleepovers with friends as they got older. Now that they’re grown, Dave’s hoping his future grandchildren can enjoy the playhouse, too!
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Custom Truck Bed Drawers

Custom Truck Bed Drawers

Check out how one reader crafted custom storage drawers for his truck bed. The drawers are perfect for organizing his tools, and a rubber bed liner protects the drawers and tools from rain and other outdoor elements.
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Dorm Room Spinning Storage Unit

Dorm Room Spinning Storage Unit

Reader Michael Kirby created this spinning storage unit out of necessity for his daughter, who is a dorm-dwelling college student. Space is at a premium for his daughter, so this storage unit features four hardworking sides - cubbies with bins, small shelves, a full-length mirror and a magnetic board for hanging photos. Plus, the unit spins on a turntable, which is genius!
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Envious Tree House

Envious Tree House

This tree house created by reader Tom Beerley features a deck addition fit for a small home! Find out how he built it here.
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