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Handy Dad 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids

June 1, 2010

Handy Dad
25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids
written by Todd Davis
Chronicle Books, 2010

Talk about truth in advertising. These really are awesome projects. (And, there really are 25.)  I’m talking about Handy Dad, 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids by Todd Davis, host of HGTV’s Over Your Head.

Although, I sort of take exception with dad part – because we know it could be mom or uncle or grandma – it is a catchy title, and I’m sure the gist is Handy Whoever You Are.

Handy Dad starts with Easy Projects like the psychedelic Lava Lamp, moves on to more difficult Afternoon Projects like my husband’s favorite, a Water-Balloon Launcher or a Lion-Mane Tire Swing (think up and down circle like a mane) to the more challenging Weekend Projects such as a Half Pipe, Zip Line or Go-Cart.

I love the photographs by Juli Stewart and step by step instructions illustrated by Nik Shulz. Plus, the directions list the estimated time frame and all the materials, fasteners and tools needed for each project.

Our book is dog-eared in hopes that one particular dad in our family, who is quite handy, will pimp out our backyard with a climbing wall, zip line AND tire swing. (That is, after he builds a water balloon launcher to challenge our neighbors to the world’s biggest water balloon fight.)

WIN a copy of Handy Dad! E-mail your name to with “Handy Dad” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a signed copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on June 15, 2010.


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