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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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Outdoor Wood-Fired Oven

Outdoor Wood-Fired Oven

Photo: Courtesy of John White

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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Stylish Garden Fence

Stylish Garden Fence

Photo: Courtesy of Mick Monahan

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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Closet to Cabinet

Closet to Cabinet

Photo: Courtesy of Brett Gardner

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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Open-Fire Brick Barbecue Bar

Open-Fire Brick Barbecue Bar

Photo: Courtesy of John Kubicki

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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In-Wall Kitchen Cabinets

In-Wall Kitchen Cabinets

Photo: Courtesy of Vern Schleyer

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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Backyard Stone Fireplace

Backyard Stone Fireplace

Photo: Courtesy of John Golock

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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Hidden Staircase Drawer

Hidden Staircase Drawer

Photo: Courtesy of Mark Maixner

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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Wall Teardown Hidden Fireplace

Wall Teardown Hidden Fireplace

Photo: Courtesy of Gary Grant

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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Garden Tractor Made of Junkyard Parts

Garden Tractor Made of Junkyard Parts

Photo: Courtesy of Keith Rider

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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Homegrown Playhouse

Homegrown Playhouse

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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Above-Cabinet Wine Rack

Above-Cabinet Wine Rack

Photo: Courtesy of Michael Hubbs

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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Patio and Pergola

Patio and Pergola

Photo: Courtesy of Michael McGuire

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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Garage Doors in Disguise

Garage Doors in Disguise

Photo: Courtesy of Joe Hawkins

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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Unique Barbecue and Smoker

Unique Barbecue and Smoker

Photo: Courtesy of Dave Upton

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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Elevated Vegetable Garden Planter

Elevated Vegetable Garden Planter

Photo: Courtesy of Jan Ryan

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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Massive Backyard Stone Fireplace

Massive Backyard Stone Fireplace

Photo: Courtesy of David Peyton

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.