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Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids Paperback – April 28, 2010
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About the Author
Illustrator Nik Shulz is the founder of L-Dopa Design + Illustration. He lives in Sonoma County, California.
Juli Stewart is a San Francisco-based photographer.
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Top Customer Reviews
Handy Dad has tons of helpful pics, and the directions are thorough. The projects vary in complexity, but everyone should be able to do at least half of them. Material costs will vary, but a cost estimate on each project would have been nice. Still, great book.
Edit: I built the skateboard project (pic above), also a "weekend project." It looks great and rides even better. It only took 5 hours, some of which was selecting parts. There's a ton of variety in skateboard stuff, so I talked to the people at a local Zumiez shop. I selected good quality beginner stuff, and spent around $170 after tax including the wood. Keep in mind, a nice longboard starts at $200. Just semi-pro trucks start $100 each. This could be a $600 skateboard, or I priced it as low as $60 if you use all cheap stuff. I guess this is why there are no price estimates; costs will vary depending on the builder. Also, the author likes Ipe wood for some of these projects, but my local WoodCraft didn't have any. They suggested Brazilian Cherry could do the same thing. Finally, I tried to use one smaller size drill bit than what the instructions said. I figured the hardware wouldn't be loose in the deck that way, but then they wouldn't even go in the holes. Turns out the directions are spot on.
Since we've owned the book, we've had it displayed on our coffee table and have had multiple people say that they also have purchased the book and have had great experiences using it. In addition, several friends have scanned through it and have asked how they might purchase one also. We know of three folks who have purchased several copies as gifts for their family and friends.
We have one friend who gives the book to families with children who purchase homes through her real estate efforts.
This book makes a great gift and is also a fun book to scan for interesting projects. Kids love it!.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most of these projects are simply too complex to be reasonable. Climbing walls, zip lines, tire swings, skateboards, bike jumps, tree house, half pipe, rope bridge, circus tent, go... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brian S.
Husband loved it. Can't wait until our son is old enough to enjoy it with his dad.Published 1 month ago by Janice Schaal
My husband is so excited to use this book with our son, recommended purchase!Published 2 months ago by Jaime Reynolds
This was a gift for a dad and I think it was a good idea. Nice book.Published 2 months ago by Carsen Maxey
This was a birthday gift for daddy in the middle of the winter. Daddy wasn't so excited at first, but they have already built the doll house. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JRW
What an awesome book to have for me and my son. Now i can provide a lot of good ideas for our favorite recreational past time.Published 7 months ago by John S.T.F.U.
Nice book of projects for my husband and children. They absolutely loved it!Published 8 months ago by Christie