Maker Dad – Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
by Mark Frauenfelder
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2014, 224 pages, 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches, softcover
$13 Buy a copy on Amazon
I couldn’t find a book with projects for my daughter and I to build together, so I wrote one. Maker Dad has complete step-by-step instructions for building 24 different projects. Some are simple, such as the “antigravity jar,” a magic trick that seems to defy the laws of physics. Others are slightly more complex, such as a tutorial on how to use the popular Arduino microcontroller to add interactivity to almost anything.
My book has instructions on making a longboard skateboard, making a mid-century style rocking chair, making monster–sized soap bubbles, how to create and publish a podcast, how to make silkscreen T-shirts, how to make an ice cream sandwich necklace, how to make a speaker out of a paper bowl, how to program a retro-style video game, and lots more.
My goal was to create projects that have a purpose, as opposed to many projects I see in other how-to books that are fun to make, but then collect dust on a shelf because they aren’t any fun to play with. None of the projects in Maker Dad assumes any prior knowledge or experience on the part of the reader. I hope other grown-ups and children will have as much fun as we did building these entertaining and useful projects.
May 6, 2014