Homemade Christmas Present Ideas 4 Dad

My dad is getting pretty bored with cards, jerky, and games... So what else can I give him!!??

Posted by Squaggadoodle 6 years ago

W00t! (Dad joined!)

After a lot of pleading, I got Dad to type up an Instructable in Word. He originally wanted it to be posted under my name, but where's the fun in that? After a little more pleading, I got him to join. He's still a little iffy on this, so I need you guys and gals to convince him. (Welcome him, convince him this isn't a typical shady internet site, etc.)S.C.Twohttps://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Land_a_Plane_5/#

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago

psss! can you surprise my dad? please?

Hi everybody, I discovered that my dad is already a member of instructables! He has been a member for some times, until he recently told me that he is a member... His user name is Zapper, I don't know why he is called him self that, but that is what he choose.He is still not quite convinced that Instructables is a great site so can yall please greet him a warm welcome to instructables? Please? Heres Zapper.Thanks!UPDATE: Don't leave any welcome comments on his orange board, because he deletes them, I don't know why he is doing this.

Posted by Plasmana 10 years ago

My Dad Just Joined

Hey everyone. My dad just joined Instructables. He helped me with the Hot Dog instructable and will probably be making his own Instructables soon. His profile is... here.

Posted by Gjdj3 10 years ago

DADCANDO: Kaptin Scarlet's book is out!

I just had the chance to read the new Dadcando book from Kaptin Scarlet, aka father-of-four Chris Barnardo who runs dadcando.com.   The book is absolutely excellent, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen his carefully-crafted Instructables.  All of the projects are creative, inexpensive, well-documented, accessible, and most importantly, they look like fun.  The  I was quite taken by the Waves and Wheels section (that little submarine will be making an appearance in my daughter's bath soon!) and even the science and Advanced projects are quite doable for even a novice DIY dad. But Barnardo shines when he turns his glue gun and paints to the fantastic.  Written in the voice of his Kaptin Scarlet persona, the Great Adventures chapter describes how to make a wizard's wand, a feather quill and magical ink pot, and dragon-hunters goggles.  The projects simply ooze creativity, and look good enough to support hours of imaginary play. The book is peppered with wise advice for the single or divorced, non-custodial parent who wants to stay engaged in his children's lives without succumbing to the usual pitfalls of consumerist overindulgence or disconnection.  The tips are universally applicable without seeming preachy, and provide lots of encouragement to get away from the computer and do something with your kids.  In short, Dadcando is brilliant.  It's the perfect Father's Day gift, or general-purpose inspirational gift for anyone you know with kids.  I really can't recommend this book highly enough, and will be sending copies to friends and family as soon as it's available in the states! Dadcando at amazon.co.uk (available now) Dadcando at amazon.com (available July 5)

Posted by canida 8 years ago

My dad doesn't like some instructables.

He says that i shouldn't trust the recipes and some of the stuff on here because most of the recipes i make from here aren't that good like randofo's apple pie. :-(

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

Gift Ideas

Gift ideas? My little brother loves Nintendo any craft I can make for him? My sisters birthdays is coming up (its on NewYears Eve) And my boyfriend...uh I'm clueless about, I just know not to get him anything pink or easter purple..or hello kitty (or Halo Kitty)  Idea exchange? I Got my sister a mist machine for christmas I thought it would be great for their parties and great in general (10 bucks at Family Dollar)  And I just got Photo Frames for my parents :| Any better ideas?  Thanks!

Posted by WhyHello 8 years ago

For all the dads here

Happy Father's Day! What are you all doing?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago

i need a christmas present for my dad Seveastrouk and i dont know what to get him HELP!

The title says it all folks butr still help PLEASE!!!!

Posted by jonnybo111 6 years ago

The best joke in an Instructable

One thing I like a lot when reading Instructables is how creators give a personal spin to their project descriptions and the instructions on how te make something. Sometimes there is even a small laugh on my face when somewhere hidden in step 9, picture 2 there is a funny joke. I can't help it that I include some silly dad jokes myself in my projects.  The idea of this topic is to create a collection that make you smile. A quest for the hidden (dad)jokes in projects. Which ones are your favorites? Since most dad jokes only work in  context I suggest you only post the link to the Instructable and how hard you laughed about it. Not the joke itself out of context. Then we can all go hunting for that silly joke. 

Posted by thijsv 1 year ago

68 Camaro Help

So my Dad's Birthday is coming up and I want to get him his high school 68 Camaro Z-28. He was selling it (or so he thought) to a Mark T Reese, wife Janet living in Mobile, Alabama. My dad lived in California. Mark said he didn't want to buy it. He offered to sell it for my dad and since he already bought plane tickets, rented a trailer for the Camaro and was in Arizona on his way, so he accepted. So he went and dropped it off and came back to California and never heard from him again. I asked my dad the VIN but because it was a race car so it didn't need to be street legal so carfax is useless. He bought it in 1979. If anyone happens to know how to find it please let me know. Thanks.

Posted by alecgates15 11 years ago

Father modifies his son's powerwheels to 66HP (video)

I nominate him for dad of the year:

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago

My dog died...

(sob) (cry) (sob) My dog died. My mom ran him over. He survived the accident but the surgery and other stuff would of been $4000. And there was a chance he wouldn't make it through. So me my mom and sister and dad (my dads away in California for my uncles wedding) decided to put him down. So it was a hard good by to my dog Sandy.Sorry no pictures.

Posted by Easy Button 11 years ago


Hey I want to get into airsoft, but I'm 16 ands I'm quite certain my dad will think I'm a sissy. any ideas?

Posted by James (pseudo-geek) 11 years ago

im in school and BORED!

Im bored, my dad is going over to his girlfriends so i might make hamburgers for dinner, or china man food.

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago

I have no clue what this is...

 With a sequence of click-click-click-click-click pause X'3? ( with an initial click-click ), I'm thinking that this electrical dial was for an alarm, then again it may not be as part of a warning/alert system at all.  Given to my dad by his dad who served in the navy in Nam. Here's a link to a video I uploaded to YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huHTDpLh9sQ&sns;=em thanks!

Posted by Lags witch 5 years ago

Milkshake Bars

My dad keeps telling me about these candy bars that used to be made called Milkshake Bars.http://www.candywrappermuseum.com/milkshake.htmlI've never had them before, but they are apparently not made anymore.Basically, I was wondering if anyone would know how to make one. If so, could you list it as an instructable so that I might make one for my Dad. I think he'd really love to have one.Thanks.

Posted by boltfox20 9 years ago

R. PC Repair Twitter account

Visit our business twitter, owned by my dad. https://twitter.com/RigleyPCRepair

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

Help with AutoCadd Drawing

I’m working on a project for my dad for his 70th birthday that consists of building a puzzle box. The box takes 6 separate moves to open the compartment. I had a company laser cut all the pieces as everything has to fit together like Lego. There is one key to the box and 40 keyholes on the outside, 95 hidden keyholes for a total of 135. Problem is, when the pieces were laser cut, the keyholes ended up being too small. I need to adjust the keyholes and I don’t have access to a CADD program ( I had my dad draft up the original document without him knowing what if was going to be used for). If anyone can help with this it would be greatly appreciated. I will probably make an Instructable of the box once it is complete, after my Dad has figured it out. Cheers.

Posted by 69valentine 2 years ago

Original idea to ask her dad

Hi there, My name is Nicolas, I'm french and i'm asking for the help of the community. Me and my girlfriend are thinking to get married soon and I wanted to find an original way to ask her dad for his permission. The thing is that her parents live in Washington and I'm not able to go there. I was thinking of sending something or make something virtual (i'm a software engieneer).  Moreover her father is not a real techy guy but rather a tech enthousiast. So I search something around the tech theme. So here is my question, do you have any orignal idea with this tech direction in mind that i can produce to ask her father. Sorry for my bad english. If something is unclear, please ask for mor explanation. Best regards, Nicolas

Posted by NicolasP38 2 years ago

Transmission fluid on my cat

Well our van must have a leak or something, because the fur on one of my cat's backs is all spiky, and my dad says it smells like transmission fluid. He must have walked under where it was leaking. My dad says it's not dangerous as long as it doesn't touch his skin, but we're going so have to get it of somehow. Should we cut some of the hair off his back? Try to wash it off?

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago

WANTED: Metal/Wood Shop in NE Ohio

I am looking for a metal/wood shop in North East OHIO that me and my dad can use.

Posted by Clayton H. 10 years ago

im looking for a free simple website builder

Anyone found a good one I'm going to build a website for my dads company it will be a pretty basic design with a photo gallery and maybe a q and a.

Posted by Tanners 9 years ago

led switch

My dad is redoing his basement and he wants to have a panel of switches with leds above them.  so that when the switch is on the led above it is on to.  does anyone know how to do this?

Posted by tic tac man 8 years ago

My idiotic dad doesn't think my grades are good or at least above average. What do you think?

So yeah, I got expelled from school on the last week, but the school decided to be nice and give me my report card. I personally think I did OK, some of my friends and teachers even praised me for it, but my perfectionist father lashed his anger at me to no end. Check these out:(Note: The passing is 2 out of 6, my school's standards aren't really that high)English: 5 out of 6Math: 4 out of 6Science: 4.5 out of 6Indonesian: 6 out of 6Physical Education: 6 out of 6Technology: 5 out of 6Social Studies: 4.5 out of 6So yeah, I know right, WTF. I even got an award for 6th best 7th grader overall (there are 34 7th graders in my school) on the award ceremony the week before I got expelled.As I said before, my friends and teachers praised me for this, but my dad insists that its very average. I tried telling my dad that this is actually pretty good and I'm one of the best off and that more than 5 kids went to summer school because they failed more than two subjects. But he wouldn't listen and used that stupid don't compare yourself to them excuse to screw out my arguments.So yeah, tell me what you think & any advice on how to lower my dad's perfectionist standards would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Camisado 9 years ago

home page not loading

For the last several days the home page has not been loading. I even tried a search on Google and the link did not work. I had to use one of the category links to get on. Jerry

Posted by scooters dad 8 years ago

fathers day

I want to give my dad something special for fathers day on 21st june but I am stuck for ideas. I preferably want to make something and have it not be to hard to make.  Any ideas?

Posted by dollowl 3 years ago

Law Suits

Hey everyone, my dad and i were wondering what people can do to us as far as the law is concerned, if someone got hurt trying out an instructable. I thought that the site was a play at your own risk but, my dad and are starting to think it isn't. We just don't want to be caught up in court! We haven't gotten in trouble but just thought I would ask! Now i don't think anyone can be hurt by what i put up but i don't want to risk it! If anyone has any info please let me know!

Posted by 2001warrior 10 years ago

Throat Problems updated (Double update, please read)

Recently, I had complained about my abnormally small throat. Well, I just wanted to say... it has gotten so bad to the point where sometimes I have trouble BREATHING. I cannot swallow properly sometimes, and even FLUIDS have trouble going down my throat. Well, they don't get stuck like food, but I can feel them go down my through extremely slow. I am scared as hell. I am scared to eat. I am scared of choking again.Just a few days ago, my mom, dad, and I had pizza for dinner. I only had 2 slices of pizza. Both my mom and dad had 3, maybe 4 pieces (they were small). My parents were done, and I was still halfway done my second slice. My dad is taking me to the doctors either this week or next week. Please, tell me what you think and if you have the same problems===============================UPDATE============================= My dad is taking me to the doc tomorrow. I am excited, even though they may shove cameras down my throat, haha. When you see this topic has "Triple update" I will tell you what the man in the white suit said.

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

First time welding (and im 14)

have always been making things from instructables, but i was limited to office warfare type things knex etc. I have always taken interest in what my dad is doing in the garage. From making me bb gun targets to welding brackets on my bmx bike. My dad was really happy when i started to take an interest in welding. I welded for the first time tonight. He was impressed with me. He said that i can already weld better than a lot of people he knows. this was just something i tacked together.

Posted by ajmerc10 7 years ago

Christmas stories

Merry christmas everybody! In the meantime, lets share some amusing christmas stories that you have had! anything from annoying relatives to dad having to use a chainsaw because he couldn't find the meat cleaver is fine!

Posted by The Jamalam 9 years ago

How many do you have?

Ive got a Mini-t, micro-t, xmod, zip zap, spin master havoc heli, and my dad haz a mini-baja and my sister has the lego r/c.

Posted by nerfer192 10 years ago

My dog

Hey guys watch this video my dad posted on youtube. Its of my dog Gizmo speaking he a black papian and weiner dog mix. Cutest dog ever! Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojtBzrFNWq4

Posted by silentassasin21 8 years ago

Laser cutter

My dad has an old plotter that I plan on converting into a laser cutter, and I was wondering how powerful the laser needs to be in order to cut thin metal (its ok if it can do it in multiple passes). Where could I get a cheap one? Thanks LinuxH4x0r

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 10 years ago

the maninamousesuits wedding

I got married two weeks ago. I have three kids of my own , so does she. I got 6 kids calling me dad.. I am 48, i feel 28. NO money left ..dont care. Life aint bad

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago

Hazard Light Hack Ideas ???

Hi everyone! My Dad recently bought a van and it had a hazard light on it which he doesn't need. He's given it to me and my Mum to play around with. Other than sticking a plug on it, what else can we do with it?

Posted by codeprang 8 years ago

I saw birdies!

I spent the weekend birding with my Dad, all along the North Norfolk coast.I a little less than two days, despite howling winds, biting chills and the first proper snowfalls for years, we clocked up 73 species.Personal highlights were:Glaucous gullTree creeperWater railSnow BuntingBlue, Coal, Great and Long-tail tits all in the same bushAnd beating my dad to both a great spotted woodpecker and a jay.I took photos, but most are blurred by movement and extreme zooming. Others I didn't try because it was too hard to hold the camera still in the wind, or too hard to keep the lens clear enough of snow to take pictures.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

I ran into some old pictures...

So tonight, I went from being bored, to being kinda sad. (I am actually crying) In 2002 (when I was 5) I remember having this Collie (dog) named Cody. We had him for 3 years at this time. I knew he had a defect where his leg was out of his socket. He had trouble walking as he got a bit older. What I didn't know was that he had some kind of infection under his skin on his back. So later that year, me, my mom, my dad, and my brother all got into my moms car with our dog. I thought he was just getting a check up.The next day my phone rang. My dad answered it... about a minute later my dad came into the room, with a sad look on his face and a tear running down his cheek. He knelt in front of me and said, "Justin.... I'm sorry, Cody died yesterday." So now, while bored I found some pictures of him. R.I.P. Cody (1999 - 2002)

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

Semi auto

OK my Dad took a hand-gun safety coarse and he got to use a Semi Auto, He learned how it was semi auto. when you cock it once it loads a bullet and the firing pin is pulled back. Bang you fire! the the recoil from the gun re-cockes the gun!and you fire and so on!

Posted by Metal4God 11 years ago

xbox 360 case modding

What tool would be best to cut a window in the side of a xbox 360 i would prefer a hand tool but a power tool would be ok too i have access to a bunch of tools (my dads a contractor) and if i am successful in my mod I plan to make my first instructable :-).

Posted by Tanners 9 years ago

converting a 9v dc adapter to 18.5?

I just recently got a free laptop from a friend who's dad didn't need anymore, and it dosn't have a power cord to charge the battery. I'm dieing to turn it on and see if it works so if anyone knows who to convert a 9v dc adapter to 18.5 if it's even possible.

Posted by CowGuy 11 years ago

Where to get OEM ipod dock connectors?

Hi Everyone, I'm hoping to make some doo-dads based off of the ipod dock connector, but I don't want to spend $15 on a cable just for thius purpose. Does anyone know where to score the connectors OEM style? Thanks in advance, -Max

Posted by madmax_br5 11 years ago

What chemicals can eat through resin

Does anyone know what chemicals can eat through resin? My dad gave me a strobe light which the timing was out on but the electronics were incased in resin so I can't access them. Any help would be useful

Posted by thermoelectric 10 years ago

building a keymachine to run off car 12v

HI, My dad is a locksmith and a old school diy'er. his birthday is coming and i want to build him a small keymachine that will run off car 12v. i just need a high rpm 12v tolerant motor that can take abuse....any suggestions

Posted by cazmundi 12 years ago

What's a good soldering iron?

Me and my dad have a really crappy soldering iron. It has a really messy tip, it heats slow, it has a short cord, and it is clumsy to hold. We were wondering what to look for if we were to go to Fry's or Radio Shack to buy a new one.

Posted by YummyPancakes 9 years ago


Ok something happened with my rockband 2 set i got the full thing and it was ausome but im getting yelled at for not playing it in some time its been a few days my life is not fun right now i have school karate and chores and stuff on here and then i have no time to goof off at all i have school 7:50-3:00 and karate on monday,tuesday,wensday,thursday, and saturday i hate it. its to much for me and if i miss karate or school my dad goes on how im illresponable when its not my fualt any ideas about the karate thing. also my dad broke apart the drum that were not working and we cant get new drums now and im getting grounded for it witch it not my fudgein fualt please help me!!!!!!!!

Posted by knexsuperbuilderfreak 9 years ago

Making Cast for Deer Antler Reproduction

My dad and I go deer hunting, and just today my dad got a small 5-point buck. When we went to get it cleaned, we asked to keep the antlers with a small region of the skull (skullplate) attached. I have it outside currently so that the remaining hide and can dry. They look pretty good, and I wanted to make a reproduction of them by making a mold. I've never made a mold before in my life, so I don't know what to use. I thought about Plaster of Paris, but I don't have any. I know it's made of gypsum, and I could get some of that from spare drywall. I'm really confused about it. If anybody has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago

joystick to mouse

I don't like computer mice and touch pads, so I've bought a joystick. What's the best software to make it do a mouse's job? It's a "Thrustmaster" joystick, and my laptop is running Firefox in Ubuntu, because my dad won't pay for Windows to go on my laptop. Thanks, Conker-x.

Posted by Conker-X 6 years ago

Cool Switch thing

My dad recently pulled a switch out from somewhere, and it looked cool, so I kept it. As far as I can tell it still works, and I believe it is Double pole double throw or something like that. I don't have any idea what to do with it though. D: Any ideas?

Posted by Rotten194 9 years ago

Unofficial Caption Contest!

Dad's leaf blower broke. He gave it to me. I took it apart. I didn't have all the necessary tools to finish disassembling it.So I took a picture of the warning label. Give it a funny caption. You could win UNSPEAKABLE TREASURES!!!(And expect future 'ibles involving this leaf blower... :-)

Posted by Labot2001 10 years ago