DIY sewing machine table for quilting

DIY Sewing Machine Table

Somewhere around the seventh- or eighth-grade I learned to sew. It was part of art class. There were these pillow kits that came with fabric, a pattern and few tools. I’m gonna call them tools, okay? We did get to choose from a few kits, and luckily there was a skateboard. If I had to … Continue Reading

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2017 Father's Day Gift Guide for Dads and dad gifts

2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for Dad

Don’t skimp on gifts for your dad. He drove you places and he taught you things. Remember the time he somehow fit three 3-wheelers in the back of his tiny Ford Ranger and drove you an hour to ride on those sand dunes? Or how about the times at Wet ‘N Wild when he got … Continue Reading

Broken Rock Band Guitar Whammy Bar Fix

The Rock Band Guitar Whammy Bar Fix. I broke down and bought Rock Band 2 and the instruments off of Craigslist for my 10-year-old. The ad warned of “Broken Whammy Bars”. To me, “Broken Whammy Bars” is an opportunity. I can crack open an adult beverage, sit at my workbench, tinker, and come up with my whammy bar fix. I … Continue Reading

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Holiday Dad Gift Guide 2016

When one gets to the point that they have all the stuff they need, holiday gifts become harder to find. But the holidays are for getting the stuff you want, right? Dad already has that kind of wrench…well…hey, this one auto-adjusts. Add it to the collection. Why does anyone need another sander? “Because this one’s … Continue Reading

Stihl Factory Tour and Lightning Battery Outdoor Power Equipment

Many of you know that Pete and I have been friends for a long time. Since second grade, in fact. While we met in Florida, we’ve lived at opposite ends of the country for the past 30 years or so. I guess that’s good in some ways. Trouble. As in, that’s what happens when we’re … Continue Reading

Monroe Safety Triangle™: What my worn shocks did to my car.

I’m writing this as I prepare for another weekend of camping with my family—this time we’ll be tent camping at the Boy Scout camp, so no popup camper. As my kids would say: “Awww frowny face emoji.” But, we’ll still be loading up the van with enough stuff to eat, sleep and entertain the six … Continue Reading

FISKARS Gardening & Yard Care Tools

I’ve spent 3 years taming the overgrown, neglected 2-acre lot that came with my house using Fiskars (pronounced “Fis-Cars”) machetes and loppers. I’m a damn pro. I can dismantle saplings and vines before you can say “Jack Robinson”. I don’t even bother with a shovel for roots and junk either. I either use billhooks and axes and go to … Continue Reading

Buying Your Kid’s First Car

I always love getting into those “first car” conversations with people. “I had a 67 blah-blah-blah with a 289 and three-on-the-tree…” or “It was a little red convertible with daisy floor mats and a Roxy sticker on the window…” And then they usually follow that with: the year they got it how much they paid … Continue Reading

Back-to-School Tool Guide

Here at dadand HQ the school supply lists are starting to trickle in. That got us thinking that we should make some kind of list of cool non-essential-but-cool-to-have school tools. Now you might be saying to yourself, “But you’re tool guys, why are you doing back to school stuff?” Well, for one, tools are tools. Tools … Continue Reading

Tips for Towing a Camper

Some of you might know I rehabbed a little popup camper. I got it for a song. Well, not literally, but if it was a song it might be this one. That song would probably have scared the previous owner into just giving it to me. Anyway, I got it cheap. It was a gamble … Continue Reading

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