Odecom5 gets my vote for Dad of the Year. It sounds like he was able to 'help' his son with this school project and end up with their relationship intact after this complicated build; not a small feat. His son even had a broken arm during the project which may have worked out better for both of them.
Aeray is a professional carpenter, furniture maker, designer and builder and he's frustrated with the overbuilding and over-engineering done on simple DIY projects. His goal for his tutorial on Instructables is to illustrate how to simply and inexpensively build a multipurpose platform deck that can be used for a queen sized bed, a futon mattress, or a waterproofed, cushioned poolside lounger (as suggested by one commenter).
What's more fun than a Slip 'N Slide? Nothing. The only improvement could be that the ride lasts a little longer. Create your own version out of tarp, or watch this hilarious video that shows you how to jerry rig an extended Slip 'N Slide with only a few materials.
This stool (pictured in the next photo) made its debut in the 30 Minute Stool Makeover on Apartment Therapy-LA in June of 2008. The fabric reviews were harsh. My retort was that since I know how to reupholster, and I'm showing the reader how to reupholster, fabric can be changed whenver the mood strikes. That's the beauty of it.
Between flowers and vegetable garden tending, you'll have a few weekends to build a zen like river rock fountain to make your backyard the tranquil envy of the neighbors (not that this is a competition, mind you). You can use just about any outdoor garden structure for a fountain, but you can't beat the organic beauty and simplicity of smooth, serene river rocks. The trusty guys over at This Old House make it look very DIY-able. Here's all you'll need to get started:
Photo Image: BHG
Interior designer Kerri Gutekunst and her husband decided to give themselves a padded room in their San Diego home. My guess is that the blue vinyl squares were marked, cut and painstakingly sewn together before taking a little diagonal turn for some mid century jazzy movement.