Category: Woodworking

How To Build A Quick & Cheap Kayak Rack

We took some scrap pieces of wood and threw this rack together for my friend’s kayaks. It’s a little warped, but it works! We used an assortment of scrap 2×4, 1×2, 2×6, and 1/4 inch plywood pieces. First we measured the dimensions of each kayak to make sure we could...

How To Build Garage Shelving (v2)

I built these shelves for my sister’s family, and organized their garage to provide better access to its contents. These are about 6ft tall, 2ft deep and 8ft wide. I made the basic platforms quickly out of 2x4s and 1/4 inch plywood, and then tacked them up with 2×4 legs....

How To Build A Coat Rack From A Single 2×4

This coat rack is made out of a single reused 2×4 and a wooden dowel. This sits in my entryway, and I use it daily! So glad I made it – it’s one of my favorite builds. I’ll admit, it’s really ugly and I could have spent more time and...

SeeSaw – Instant Challenge Setup

Made for the SeeSaw Destination Imagination Instant challenge. The challenge here was to place weights on both side of the seesaw (near the ends) in order to balance it within an inch or two of the height of the other side. It proved to be challenging yet very doable for...

How To Build An Upcycled Jar Shelf

This was a fun project! Pretty simple and easy – the idea was my father’s, and I used some jars he saved for this project. I’ve thought about making some improvements, but it seems to be holding up just fine, even with all the junk we’ve filled the jars with...

How To Build Garage Shelving (v1)

This particular shelf was built for the Louisiana Destination Imagination storage unit that I maintain. We had a 10×10 unit (since upgraded to a 10×20) that was full to the ceiling, and we desperately needed a storage solution. This solution definitely got boxes up off the ground and out of...

Wind Zipline – Instant Challenge Setup

This was a pretty simple setup that my father and I built. Once we got the plywood triangles cut, it was just a matter of measuring the cable and adjusting it to achieve the right amount of tension. The two triangle end pieces are connected with three 8ft 2×2’s. This...

Ferris Wheels – Instant Challenge Setup

These are are by far the most difficult and time consuming builds I have tackled to date, but they have been well used, and look pretty impressive! They worked very well for the team training day we used them for for Destination Imagination in Louisiana, and they have been used at...

Multi-Purpose Cubes – Instant Challenge Setup

These have been used and reused so many times, I’ve lost count of how many years they’ve been used and how many times we’ve repurposed them for a new challenge. We have several cube setups we have used for training team managers, appraisers, and students over the past few years....

How To Build A Beer Pong Table Out Of A Door & Frame

My friends and I decided to build a beer pong table for our apartment (typical college guy project) so I slapped some 2×4’s and 1×6’s together around a light wooden door and we painted it up, put LEDs on the bottom (once again, typical college guy idea). My friend painted...