Father’s Day is just around the corner and sometimes the best gift for a dad is something handmade especially for him. Here are 10 great do-it-yourself ideas for father’s day. Whether you’re a workshop pro or you’re a total newbie, there’s something here in this list that anyone can make, for any type of dad!
Rolling Kitchen Cart Made From an Old Filing Cabinet
This is a great DIY project for any dad who enjoys the manly art of grilling. The top cutting board is perfect for extra grill prep-space, while the drawers can be used to hold those all-important spices and seasonings. Grilling tools have their very own little place to hang and of course the whole thing is on wheels for portable convenience.
- Secondhand filing cabinet
- Spray metal primer
- 2 cans spray paint
- Two rolling casters and two locking casters
- A cutting board or piece of butcher block
- Two inexpensive horizontal towel racks
- Mineral spirits or sticker remover
- Electric drill
- 1⁄8” and 1⁄16” drill bits
- 24 1⁄8” bolts, 1/2 – 1” long
- 24 1⁄8” nuts
- 4 #8 short screws
- Washers (if necessary)
Head over to Curbly for instructions.
Backyard Fire Pit
Building a fire pit is much easier than you might think and it can be done on a budget by using materials from your local hardware store. Imagine being able to spend time outdoors with dad, toasting marshmallows and telling stories around the pleasant flicker of a summertime fire.
- Colored spray paint
- Gravel to fill your pit
- Concrete landscaping stones and metal fire pit ring
- Masonry adhesive
- Rubber mallet
- Shovel, mattock, or other digging tool
Check out A Beautiful Mess for the full DIY guide
Duct tape: one of man’s most useful tools. Help your dad keep his priorities straight by building him a jumbo tape dispenser. In addition to duct tape, dad can store his electrical, packing and masking tape all in one convenient location. The hacksaw blade is perfect for cutting just the right size piece of tape for the job.
Read the whole article at Popular Woodworking
Bubbling Pipe Lamp
Bring out your dad’s inner mad scientist with this eye-catching, bubbling pipe lamp. This unique and easy to build light might be perfect for a man cave or garage workshop. Using different colored food dye in the water offers a variety of lighting options. Or you could go with a color changing LED bulb and change the color with the click of a button.
- Battery powered air pump
- 3″ PVC Pipe
- Cork with Air inlet Pipes
- Large Clear Wine Bottle
- 3″ PVC Flange
- 1/4″ All-thread
- Food Coloring
- Cleat Light Socket
- Light Bulb
Visit Instructables for the build guide
The nautical coat hanger is probably one of the easiest DIY gifts on this list to make and could be the perfect gift for the ocean-loving dad. You can even use an old piece of driftwood from your favorite beach spot to make it even more authentic and memorable.
- Nautical Cleats
- Galvanized Wooden Plank (or Driftwood)
- Measuring Tape
Visit Remodelista for more info
Ice Box Patio Table
How about an outdoor patio table with not one, but two, built in coolers! Keep dad and/or his guests refreshed with this stylish and convenient way of serving cool drinks while also providing a great place to sit down and eat.
- 5 – 2×8 8′ length (table top)
- 2 – 2×6 8′ length (ice box lids)
- 5 – 2×4 8′ length (framing/skirting)
- 2 – 4×4 8′ length (table legs)
- 3 – 1×4 8′ length (ice box supports)
- 2 – plastic planter boxes – see photo below
- 2 1/2″ Kreg pocket screws
- 1 1/2″ Kreg pocket screws
- 1 3/4″ Deck screws
- 8 – 5/16″ x 3″ bolts
- 8 – 5/16″ washers
- 8 – 5/16″ wood anchors
- 120 grit sandpaper
- 80 grit sandpaper
- Pre-conditioner, stain, exterior spar varnish, foam brushes, fine sanding block
- Measuring tape
- Table saw (optional but very helpful)
- Miter saw or circular saw
- Orbital sander
- Kreg Jig
- 2 1/8″ hole saw
For detailed instructions visit Remodelaholic
Reclaimed Wood Drink Caddy
Whether dad is out fishing, working in the yard or just hanging out on the porch, this drink caddy might be the perfect companion. Add a bottle opener on the side for decoration as well as convenience.
- Wood Glue
- 1.5″ Nails
- Handle (Varies dependent on look desired.)
- Stain or paint finish.
- Miter Saw
- Nail gun/Compressor
- Tape Measure
- Drill with bits ( Size bits will vary)
Go to Remodelaholic for the detailed guide
Reclaimed Wood Pallet Desk
An easy to build and affordable desk that would look great in either a study or a workshop. Give dad this hand made gift that is not only pleasant to look at, but also helps the environment by using reclaimed pallet wood.
- Wood Planks
- Wood Glue
- Industrial Shelf Holders
- Glue Gun
- Sanding Paper
Read the instructional guide at Instructables
Log Cabin Birdhouse
Dad and the birds will appreciate the rustic look and feel of this frontier-inspired birdhouse. By using some wood scraps and branches out in the yard, you too can build this little house that’s fit for any feathery homesteader.
- Wood Glue
- Wood Scraps
- Wood Branches “Logs”
- Wood Stain
- Eye Protection
- Draw knife
- Band Saw
Visit Instructables for the whole instruction guide
Floppy Disk Planters
Still have some of those obsolete floppy disks lying around collecting dust? How about turning them into unique planters for the green-thumbed and/or nerdy father? These technological relics could be re-purposed to make a fantastic addition to any man’s office or study.
- Six floppy disks per planter
- Plastic bottle or yogurt container (this will be the inside liner)
- Gravel (optional)
- Activated charcoal (optional)
- Duct tape
- Adhesive remover (if necessary)
Go to Instructables for the full step by step instructions