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Fun Projects for You and the Kids, New and Revised Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Revised edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599211890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599211893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The next time your child asks you to build her a lemonade stand or dollhouse, don't blink and swallow. Turn to Fun Projects for You and the Kids, instead.David Stiles starts with a straightforward discussion of tools and materials, including a guide to joints, and then launches into simple designs for building just about anything a kid or parent might dream up. There are ideas for clubhouses and a tepee made of branches and canvas, for toy cannons and Huck Finn-style rafts, and for swings and rowboats. There are also plans for indoor projects like piñatas, clay castles, toy bins, trains, and even a scooter and spaceship. David Stiles, the king of do-it-yourself projects, is like an ultra-handy neighbor to help you get the job done quickly and easily.

About the Author

DAVID STILES is an industrial designer. He has written twenty books on do-it-yourself building projects and his playground designs have won awards from the New York City planning commission.

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Jeanie and I have written a total of 20 "how-to" books on building projects, which range from treehouses and forts, to sheds, gazebos and garden houses. Our most recent books are "Treehouses and Playhuses You Can Build", "Treehouses, Huts and Forts" and "Workshops You Can Build". Our treehouse book won the ALA's Notable Children's Book Award and we were lucky enough to be invited to build a treehouse on The Today Show in Rockefeller Center, New York City. It was great fun turning the streets of New York into a tree-filled backyard! We divide our time between New York City and East Hampton, N.Y. where we live in a barn that we have renovated. It is here that we build many of the projects included in our books. Visit us at our website www.stilesdesigns.com or www.treehouse-books.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Mcgauley on February 9, 2010
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This book has lots of great ideas and great illustrations, but doesn't really tell you how to build anything. It contains some dimensions and some ideas about what materials to buy, but I need my hand held a bit more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bobles on March 19, 2010
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great illustrations and a trip down memory lane, but unfortunately I don't think there's a project in the book that you could seriously/easily finish in a weekend. I'm handy, have a good collection of woodworking tools, but most of this stuff is out of my league. unless you are a professional contractor with lots of time, resources, and PROPERTY to build on (lakes or ponds required for some of the projects), I would approach this book without high hopes of bonding with your kids. No doubt, you pull off one of these ambitious projects, your kids will worship you, but the actual process of building will be all about you and not much them.
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