Before IKEA, men used to build things from scratch.
The pride of building something never leaves the eyes of the builder, and the sparkle comes out every time that someone is using the item: "Yeap, I made this with my own hands!"
Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you, or your dad, have a tiny piece of this "builder" in you, how about making something together?
Do it especially if it has been awhile since you spent some quality time with your old man.
We scoured some great and useful DIY projects that you can make with your dad, from beginner to a little more advanced level.
If not, at least you are going to have an amazing time with your dad.
(N.B. Go ahead and place the beers in the fridge so you can use them for celebrating once you guys are done with the project!)
Ok. Let's get our hands dirty and do this!
DIY woodworking projects
1. Wooden Tool Carrier
Simple. Sturdy. Manly. What else comes to mind when you look at this?
Image by The Art of Manliness
This is a great product for plumbers, electricians, maintenance technicians, mechanics, etc. Whether professional or hobby, a good tool case is essential for every guy who likes to work with his hands.
It's a very simple project that needs only 6 pieces of wood. The whole list of materials and the step-by-step tutorial is available on The Art of Manliness.
2. "Hold Everything" Tool Rack
If pop's garage is full of tools that he doesn't even remember he has, maybe it's time to show off all the cool tools and gadgets.
Also, checking everything that he has may give him ideas for other projects.
Photo courtesy of Popular Woodworking
This "hold everything" tool rack is a simple wall-mounted solution that allows you to keep any hand tool visible and accessible.
Also, the versatile hangers are easy to move, so you can rearrange your rack to accommodate newly acquired tools.
And dang, it just looks good!
All the "how-to" can be found on the Popular Woodworking website.
3. Folding Bench Work Table
If your dad's garage, shed or spare bedroom needs some space, check out this project.
According to Build Something, you can turn an old door into your very own work table, and it's foldable!
Image by Build Something
List of materials and a detailed tutorial are available here.
DIY outdoors projects
4. Paracord Chair
Is your dad an outdoorsman kind? If so, this a perfect project for you two to do together.
What do you think about this good looking, easy, comfy, adjustable and sturdy chair?
The best part is that he still is going to be able to enjoy this awesome chair during the whole summer!
Check out the instructions at Instructables.
5. Garden bench
More of a bench kind of guy? No worries.
According to The Family Handyman, you can build this one in a weekend. It has a moderate complexity, but who is looking for easy stuff, right?
Image by The Family Handyman
They show in detail how to build it, so it's strong and durable, using a simple biscuit joinery technique. Check the tutorial here.
6. Lawn Tool Storage
Fabulously Frugal gives a great solution for the awkwardly shaped yard tools that you have.
Image by Fabulously Frugal
This a very clever, easy and cheap project that you can do in a day! Amber will walk with you as she shows all the steps here.
C'mon tools, get out of my dad's lawn! ;)
7. Concrete Fire Pit
Who doesn't like to sit in the backyard at the end of the day, watch the sunset, enjoy some beers, hot dogs and roasted marshmallows?
If your dad has a cool fire pit like this, of course he will enjoy himself as well:
Photo courtesy of ManMadeDIY.com
Even for the more chilly nights of summer, your dad can just hang out outside as much as he would like to.
This version brought by ManMade is made of an affordable, weather-resistant concrete that creates a sleek, modern look. It's portable but sturdy, and uses gel fuel, making it possible to have a quick 30-minute post-grill-session fire.
It takes a bit of care and proper prep, but this can be made in just a few hours with a very low investment.
Pretty cool, right? Check all the steps here.
DIY garage projects
8. Garage Floor Makeover
After so many years of working in the garage your dad's floor may look even worse than this one:
Image by Shanty 2 Chic
Usually, garage floors take a lot of abuse from moisture, oil drips, chemical spills and road salt as it ages. So maybe this is the time to make it look brand new.
9. Garage Storage Cabinet
With this, your dad will be able to store everything that he has! The best part is that you can design the cabinet according to your space.
Photo courtesy of Sugar Bee Crafts
And now, over to you. What were some cool DIY projects that you did with your dad? Share some of those special moments with us!
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