31 May 2018

Biltong, socks, ties – you’ve done them all. Why not try something different this Father’s Day and take some time to reconnect with your dad by tackling a DIY project with him? Not only is this a great way to spend quality time together, but it is also a great way to leave behind a long-lasting memento of how much you still care about him.

Of course, the type of project you tackle all depends on the type of father you have. Below are a few projects you can attempt for each type of dad this Father’s Day:

Nail Gun Novice
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For those who have never even handled a hammer in their lives, it is important not to be too ambitious. Try something simple like a DIY coat rack that can be hung up in the entrance hall. You can purchase a pre-cut piece of timber and some hooks at most hardware stores. Paint or varnish the wood, drill the hooks into the board, and your project is done. As an additional project (or for those who simply cannot build anything from scratch), you could go through the house with your dad and tighten any loose screws, put up any frames that might be locked away in storage, or fill any cracks and give the room a fresh coat of paint. 

DIY if I have to
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These are typically the men who refuse to call in somebody when they can do it just as easily themselves. They might not love DIY projects, but they know their way around a toolbox all the same. For a quick and easy project that is particularly handy for Winter, try creating your own outdoor wooden-slatted doormat. All you will need is equal length strips of wood (varnished or painted with hardy outdoor paint), some thick rope and some nuts. After having drilled holes at both ends of all the wooden strips, string the rope through and place a nut between each strip of wood. Once through the last wooden slat, tie a knot at each end of the mat to prevent any unravelling.     

Mr Handyman himself
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For this kind of father, the options are endless. You can tackle just about anything, from building a coffee table or armchair from scratch to renovating an entire room. If your dad has the space, you could offer to spend the weekend helping him create a ‘man cave’ in his garage or garden shed. You could work together on projects like a collapsible work station (all you’d need for this is some wood and some hinges), a hanging tool rack (which can be fashioned out of cork board and strategically placed nails), and perhaps a lick of paint and some laminated flooring which can be self-installed.

Even if all you have to show for it at the end of the day is a hammer-inflicted injury, paint-stained jeans and a story to laugh about in years to come, the focus on all of these projects is not really the end result, but more the process of tackling a DIY project with your dad.

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