Geek Dad and Handy Dad Books

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Recently, I checked out a couple of books at the library that will appeal to geek dads and do-it-yourself (DIY) dads:

The first book, Geek Dad, is technology oriented and the projects tend to involve computers and other electronics. This would be an excellent ideas book for a geeky dad. The second book, Handy Dad, doesn’t involve computers or electronics. Instead, the projects tend to be wood-based. This book would be a handy resource for a dad who likes to build things and work with wood.

Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to ShareGeek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
Edited by Ken Denmead
This 240-page paperback is full of geeky ideas for geek dads. I didn’t have time to build anything before I had to return the book (I was busy painting the house). However, I did skim the book a few times. From what I saw, the book contains almost 30 projects for geek dads. Each project includes a tools and materials list; general instructions; and ratings for cost, difficulty, duration, and reusability. Some of the projects that interested me were:

  • Cyborg Jack-o’-Lanterns (add some electronics to your Halloween pumpkins)
  • See the World from the Sky (float your camera with balloons)
  • Make Your Own Cartoons
  • Homemade Coloring Books
  • Create a Superhero ABC Book
  • Build a Fun Slip ‘n Slide Ever
  • Fireflies for Every Season (LED’s fireflies)
  • Fly a Kite at Night (a kite with lights)
  • Build an Outdoor Movie Theater
  • Light-up Duct Tape Wallet
  • Wi-Fi Signal Booster
  • Cool LEGO Lighting from Repurposed Parts
  • Ice Cubes Fit for a Geek (ice cubes that look like Lego bricks)
  • Exploding Drink Practical Joke (Diet Coke and Mentos eruption)

Amazon is currently selling Geek Dad for $9.76 (List Price: $17.00).

Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and KidsHandy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids
By Todd Davis
As indicated by the title, this 168-page paperback features 25 projects for dads and kids. The book isn’t geeky like the Geek Dad book, but it does feature interesting projects most dads should be able to build. Each project contains lists for materials, fasteners, and tools. One of the best part of the book is the detailed step-by-step instructions. The easier projects are listed at the front of the book and the longer projects are at the back. Here are some projects I found interesting:

  • Zip Line (I really want to do this one, but I don’t have enough room in our backyard)
  • Lava Lamp
  • Water-Pressurized Rocket
  • Slip-and-Slide
  • Tie-Dye Shirt
  • Slingshot (probably not a good idea for my kids because they’ll shoot each other with it)
  • Water-Balloon Launcher (great for ambushing the kids)
  • Climbing Wall
  • Skate Longboard (make your own skateboard)
  • Light Box
  • Circus Tent
  • Go-Cart

Amazon is currently selling Handy Dad for $16.47 (List Price: $24.95).


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