DIY Building Projects

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Hay Baler Tutorial

By Readers

Readers’ tips on building a hay baler, adding a scoop to your lawn mower, protecting your garden from nosy critters, and more.

There’s Gnome Place Like Home

By Blythe Pelham

Vignettes can add focus and fun to a garden. They also offer opportunities to reflect personality and whimsy along with habitat possibilities for our smaller co-habitants. This post shares Blythe’s new spot for gnomes, fairies, insects and others to reside.

Woodworker Salvages Fallen Trees by Designing Custom Furniture

By The Wood-Mizer Team

Brian Presnell of Indy Urban Hardwood Co. utilizes his portable sawmill to salvage fallen and diseased urban trees in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to providing high-quality salvaged wood furniture to homeowners and local businesses, Indy Urban Hardwood Co. works closely with Herron School of Art by donating salvaged wood to art students to learn woodworking.

Making a Candle Out of Lard: Experiments in Waste Reduction

By Claire E.

While a zero-waste economy is a long way from becoming mainstream, we can all take small steps toward making it a reality. Claire E. and her family experiment with one way to reduce their waste footprint: using leftover cooking fat to make a lard candle.


How to Make a DIY Water Filtration System Using Sand or Gravel

By Kayla Matthews

For our purposes of DIYing a water filter system, you'll want to use more natural materials like sand and gravel or small rocks.

Make a Rustic Wooden Cheese Board and Stirrer

Story by Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi. Photos by Ditte Isager.

Add warmth and personality to your kitchen by creating a cheese board from a slice of a log and a classic stirrer from scrap wood.

Build a Children’s Lounge Chair

Story and photos by Spike Carlsen.

With a little lumber and know-how, you can build this simple, pint-sized chair for the little ones in your life.

Build a Custom Chicken Coop

Story and photos by Tim and Amy Roden.

Two readers share how their family built a quality custom coop for a fraction of the cost of a pre-made model.

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