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Simple DIY Parsons Table
Made with plywood and painted, plus simple construction makes it easy to build one of any size. This table, designed in the 20s, is generally attributed to Jean-Michel Frank, a French designer and decorator associated with Parsons School of Design...
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Boat Docking Assistant
As a frequent solo boater, Stony Lake cottager Doug Maclaren does not usually have someone on hand to help him dock his pontoon boat. Instead, the 81-year-old maintained his independence by designing his own docking assistant. An angled arm, made...
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Wooden Swim Raft
There is nothing finer than a swim raft to provide a manageable destination for the kids, a place for adults to soak up the sun, or to serve as a safe diving platform if your dockside water-depth does not permit head first entries. So when Cottage...
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Canoe or Kayak Storage Rack
A couple of rickety old sawhorses. That is what passes for a winter storage system for my canoe. And during canoe season, I just park it upside down on the beach. I did not invest a lot in that canoe—in fact, I do not even like it...
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Fancy Outdoor Shower
Looking for some good, clean fun? Build our outdoor shower, designed by Wayne Lennox. A solid plan, a couple of weekends, and basic construction techniques are all you need to get wet in the wild. It is cheaper than a second bathroom, yet it...
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Paddle Lifejacket Hanger
Give old paddles and oars that are too cracked and worn for boating a second life on the waterfront as an all-purpose life jacket rack. It is a perfect hang-up for all those cottage PFDs and other odds and ends scattered around the dock, waiting...
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Shutter Bed Headboard
Add some fresh colour to a bland cottage bedroom. A colourful headboard adds life to a tired cottage bedroom with very little strain on you or your pocketbook. We used indoor shutters for our double bed, but this design can be easily adapted for...
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Beautiful Jar Lights
After a few years of baking in the sun and being exposed to winters cold, the plastic bodies of solar-powered garden lights tend to fade and crack. Salvage the guts by putting them into flip-top, wide-mouthed sealer jars with clear lids, and...
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Simple Tabletop Weathervane
With this easy project, you will track every breeze on the deck. In high school, my brother made a small ceramic pot in art class, one that he would invert on the tip of a ballpoint pen and give a spin. The combination of the dimple in the pots...
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Copper Grill Table
For this project, all you need is some copper pipe and an old barbecue grill. We love copper pipe at our cottage. We use it for curtain rods, to hang overhead lamps, and as a towel rack in the bathroom. After replacing our kitchen plumbing, we...
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