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From stories reminiscing about bunk beds and the sentimental value of a plank of wood, to a wealth of images of a homemade arc reactor for one’s son, when Dad makes, it’s a special moment for all of us.

While I’m not a father myself yet, I had a maker dad, I recall the tips he used to say, and I was curious what other words of wisdom and stories were out there.

On Father’s Day this past Sunday you sent us tweets, left comments on our G+ page, and emailed us your stories. Below is just a sample of your tales.

Dad Nick sent us this image on Google+ of a desk he built for his office:

It was a fun project. I had no previous wood working experience. I am satisfied with the way it turned out. But of course there are dozens of things I would do differently/better next time.

It was a fun project. I had no previous wood working experience. I am satisfied with the way it turned out. But of course there are dozens of things I would do differently/better next time.

You can see he used off-the-shelf plumbing fixtures for the legs and support. That’s a great first woodworking project, and I look forward to seeing what the desk looks like the “next time” you make, Nick!

Also from G+ were many words of wisdom from Dad:

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Including this conversation between makers:

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William wrote in with a tale of a wooden horse:

Since my daughters love horses, since Sunday was Father’s Day, and since we were celebrating my daughter’s half birthday this week (she was born in December); I let my kids persuade me to tackle another project just for them. This Father's Day weekend, we spent four hours together with some lumber, power tools, and craft supplies. I did the cutting, and with my help the kids did some sanding and screwing, then my oldest daughter drew the eyes and nose on our sawhorse. The horse's name is Belle.  She is great with children and low maintenance. Thanks to an unusually long back, all three can ride at once.

Since my daughters love horses, since Sunday was Father’s Day, and since we were celebrating my daughter’s half birthday this week (she was born in December); I let my kids persuade me to tackle another project just for them. This Father’s Day weekend, we spent four hours together with some lumber, power tools, and craft supplies. I did the cutting, and with my help the kids did some sanding and screwing, then my oldest daughter drew the eyes and nose on our sawhorse. The horse’s name is Belle. She is great with children and low maintenance. Thanks to an unusually long back, all three can ride at once.

Crafty Madre Nicole sent us these images of pillows she made for her father and father-in-law:

I made this pillow out of a t-shirt I found at a thrift store. I love thrift stores and this one was just screaming my dad. The colors also happen to work with his newly redesigned basement (which flooded last year).

I made this pillow out of a t-shirt I found at a thrift store. I love thrift stores and this one was just screaming my dad. The colors also happen to work with his newly redesigned basement (which flooded last year).

Then I made this one for my father in law. He loves this soda. It won't match anything in his house but it's fun.

Then I made this one for my father in law. He loves this soda. It won’t match anything in his house but it’s fun.

And on Twitter these nuggets of wisdom were shared:

Not exactly #DadMakes wisdom, but Andrew reminisces:

And lastly in case you missed it the first time around, here’s the incredible video Kristoffer Dominic Amora put together showing the making of his homemade arc reactor for his son:

Thanks again to all the MAKE pops out there for their wisdom, their projects, and helping craft future generations of makers!

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


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