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 Mick Monahan
Stylish Garden Fence
Wanting more out of his critter-proof fencing, reader Mick Monahan built this charming white fence first; then he added the nylon garden netting to the inside. It looks great and does the job of keeping pests out of his garden.
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Photo: Courtesy of Brett Gardner
Closet to Cabinet
We like the custom built-in cabinets, drawers and shelves that reader Brett Gardner created much better than the closet that was once there. Click here to see more photos of this amazing transformation.
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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 this 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 Gary Grant
Wall Teardown Hidden Fireplace
With demolition tasks, you never know what you may find. For reader Gary Grant, it was this beautiful old fireplace. Though it was no longer function, Gary uncovered it and incorporated it into his home’s décor.
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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 Hubbs
Above-Cabinet Wine Rack
Making use of unused cabinets above his fridge, reader Michael Hubbs built a custom wine rack in the space. He cut perfect holes in the cabinet doors and a supporting board inside. Click here to learn what else he did to build a wine rack.
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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. Click here to see more photos.
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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. See more photos here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Dave Upton
Unique Barbecue and Smoker
This handcrafted smoker isn’t something you see every day—and that’s what makes it so great! Reader Dave Upton built this smoker to look like a train. Click here to see more photos of this unique and portable backyard cooker.
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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.
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Photo: Courtesy of David Peyton
Massive Backyard Stone Fireplace
Reader David Peyton crafted this massive backyard fireplace by hand, using 15 tons of assorted stones, concrete block and firebrick. Its rustic look suits the setting in David’s backyard.
Originally Published: November 16, 2017