Help me keep my dad industrious and happy this Christmas
November 20, 2012 2:08 PM Subscribe
Help me find the perfect Christmas present for my "Maker" dad - ideally it would be an set of plans on how to craft something from scratch, rather than a kit of physical parts.
posted by muddgirl to Shopping (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My dad is both electronically and mechanically-inclined, and in the past has greatly enjoyed projects such as "build your own lathe from scratch." I'd love to get him something similar - either a set of plans for one complex item (like a 3D printer) or perhaps a book with several smaller projects (he already has the Build Your Own Metalworking Shop from Scrap
series) that lead to a concrete, functional object that he can enjoy playing with.
Don't worry about technical difficulty - in the past he has worked as both a professional electronics technician/designer and a professional welder/general fabricator. I'd love something that combined these two passions, which is why something like a fully DIY 3D printer would be ideal. But all the 'kits' I find are both expensive, and contain all the needed hardware already (which takes the fun out of it for him).