DIY Projects

concrete-bench

Build a concrete bench

Build a concrete bench

Concrete furniture lasts forever, especially when you build it like a pro. Follows these steps to build a concrete bench...

Reader project: make your own outdoor pallet furniture

Here's how to recycle discarded pallets by converting them into outdoor patio furniture. The whole project takes a weekend and costs only R286...

One-day project: The Incubooter

You have probably soaked your hiking boots at some point, and wet boots are not fun. The solution? Spare your toes by drying the boots...

Make a mirror with a classy frame in one weekend

This is a simple assembly project: the mirror is glued to a slightly larger board and then framed with elegant solid wood strips, which are...

The new adirondack

The new adirondack

It’s a weekend project, but this heirloom-quality Adirondack chair is worth the time investment....

Build a coffee table with recessed tray

From materials and tools to detailed plans and step-by-step instructions, here's everything you need to build a coffee table with a recessed tray...

Build a kitchen trolley

Here's how to build a kitchen trolley. It's useful storage, with castors for mobility...

One-day project: Pipe chime

A simple assemblage of pipe, twine, screws and timber uses ancient Greek geometry and the pentatonic scale to coax a sweet song from a gentle...

Build a simple little shed

A few key tools, a modest outlay on materials, and three days’ worth of sweat equity turned what could have been a pedestrian building project...

Build a rolling chest

Build a rolling chest

Scrap-wood cladding lends a folksy feel to this rolling chest...

Early Adopter: Knock Hockey Table

Ice hockey may be a minority sport in South Africa, but that’s no reason not to use its principles for a board game that certainly...

Turn a sheet of plywood into a table

A sheet of plywood, a few basic power tools, and a free afternoon (or two) are all you’ll need to turn a sheet of plywood...