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I’m lucky that when I was a child, my parents introduced me to tools — and reading. And this weekend when I was organizing a room to convert it into a library/guest room, I came across a book that brings the two together perfectly: If I Had a Hammer by Robert Lasson. It’s a great, simple introduction for kids to what hand tools are and how to use them. In my Father’s Day post, I mentioned that my father put together a small toolkit for me, and as I re-read through Hammer, I can see how he selected tools for it.

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Father’s Day is June 20th — that’s less than two weeks away for all the procrastinators out there. This year I did a preemptive strike and made my old man a gift early — the snake stick for those who remember seeing it. However, this year is my first year I’m actually eligible to participate as a receiver, not just a giver. I can honestly say it’s a strange feeling. I have fears of funky ties and mugs for coffee I don’t drink — I’m hoping for tools.

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Father’s Day was this past weekend, and we’re curious: did the kids do all right? If you’re a dad or a proud offspring and would like to brag about your awesome Father’s Day gift, here’s your chance to do so. We always dig hearing about the sweet gifts that the family got for dear old Dad.

Of course if you got a light-up tie or the finest in last-minute shopping, that’s pretty fun to hear about as well. Just to make it more interesting, we’ll throw in a shiny new tool from the top of the Toolmonger shop pile to the lucky kid or dad who gave or received the best gift, and one to the most entertaining gift as well.

To get your chance at the ultra-fabulous grab bag prize, just comment on this post with your lucky Dad Day score and tell us a little about it. There’s no telling what the prizes will be, but I can say it will be better than a Striker Ball Light and less cool than a set of cordless tools from Paslode. So fess up and let’s hear it — you’ve got nothing to lose here.

 
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Father’s Day is June 21st (that’s two days away for those of you not near a calendar) — are you prepared to make the old man smile? Or is it going to be one of those drug store holidays where dad will wind up with the finest gift money could buy at the local Walgreens?

Comedians like Bill Cosby and Chris Rock make light of the fact that Dads usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to props, but we’ve found that tool guys don’t fit the stereotype.  Dad taught us all kinds of cool stuff, and we often hear great stories that start out, “Me and the ole man…”   So Father’s Day winds up being pretty easy for tool guys –- get him tools.

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If you’re looking for a good weekend project, Lowe’s website offers instructions on building your own backyard putting green. Using wood, sand, paver base, astroturf, PVC, and a few basic tools — plus some elbow grease/quality time spent with the kiddo — this looks like a project you could do even without the big box. In fact, one online magazine dedicates a whole section to building your own greens that go beyond the 8′ by 8′ square.

We see a few potential concerns, though:  warped wood over time, protecting the green in winter months, and drainage issues since the flat turf and raised border can retain water.  Do you have experience building a green or ideas about how to improve drainage?  Post in comments and let us know!

Weekend Projects [Lowe’s]
DIY Backyard Putting Greens [Residential Putting Green Magazine]

 
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Father’s Day is June 21st — are you prepared to make the old man smile?  We’re not there yet either, so we figured a reminder is in order. Comedians like Bill Cosby and Chris Rock make light of the fact that Dads usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to props, but we’ve found that tool guys don’t fit the stereotype.  Dad taught us all kinds of cool stuff, and we often hear great stories that start out, “Me and the ole man…”   So Father’s Day winds up being pretty easy for tool guys –- get him tools.

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Snap-on is preparing for Father’s Day by offering a Gift Buying Guide on their website. The 8-page guide includes a wide array of hand tools, from wrenches to sockets to hammers, and it lists the promotional Father’s Day sale prices.

Don’t get me wrong, Snap-on is still pricey — but you’re paying for quality, and these tools aren’t for just your weekend warrior dad anyway.  The prices shown will last through Father’s Day both online and through your local Snap-on franchise.

Caution: The guide is a large .pdf file — if you’ve got a slow connection, click at your own risk.

Snap-on [Corporate Site]

 

With Father’s Day about a month away, I’m sure many of us are scrambling to find this year’s present.  We’ve already exhausted the pocket knife, cigar cutter, homemade picture frame, beer gift basket, necktie, and personal coupon books in past years, and we’re running short on ideas — but if your dad’s a sports fan and a Toolmonger, you might want to check out these sports-themed tool belts from Fantasia Memorabilia.

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The Fusion Contractor 2×4 diverges from the path of your normal multi-tool. Scramble a pencil sharpener, a level, a wire stripper, a pocket knife, storage for one nail, and a faux circ saw blade — and you get the functions a contractor will need? The website aims its spiel at the Father’s Day/birthday crowd, intimating that you might know a contractor who needs this “thematic” knife.

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Father’s Day was this past weekend, and we’re curious, did the kids do alright? If you’re a dad or a proud offspring and would like to brag about your awesome Father’s Day gift, here’s your chance to do so. We always dig hearing about the sweet gifts that folks get for dear old dad.

For instance, my dad is huge into target archery but is a bit, how shall we say, frugal. Okay, he’s a cheap-ass like his son. So we got together and gave Dad some super-high end carbon arrows this year. We knew he wouldn’t get them for himself and decided this would be perfect.  It was.

A quick side note: the folks at Addicted to Archery are super friendly and easy to deal with, even if you’re a stickler like I was about what you need.

Addicted to Archery [Website]