6 great projects from engineer dads

-June 13, 2014

Dads would do just about anything for their kids, so it's no surprise that combining that with an engineering degree can lead to some pretty awesome projects.

Here are some of my favorite projects from around the Web that engineer dads have done for their kids.

Ceiling full of stars

I had the glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to my ceiling as a kid, but this dad took that to another level for his baby's nursery.

Brian d’Arcy, an engineering student, spent about 40 hours installing a fiber optic star ceiling that includes 596 stars. Armed with a Wiedamark kit and a lot of patience, he drilled holes from the attic, fed fiber optic strands through, hooked up the light source and mounted it in the closet, and trimmed the strands before gluing them in place.

It looks like a lot of work but it also looks awesome!

See more photos and read about all the steps for this project here.

Building blocks

Jonathan Guberman, a computer programmer by day, spent his spare time creating a set of 36 custom alphabet and number blocks for his newborn son.

Jonathan Guberman custom blocks

As you can see, these aren't your average blocks. The new dad chose to include "134 images of people, animals, monsters, robots, vehicles, organizations, devices, tools, and objects" from things that he and his wife liked and wanted to share with their son.

After he had all his designs, Guberman bought pre-cut wood blocks and got to engraving using a laser at a local maker space.

You can see all the blocks on his blog, but some great ones I saw were resistor and R2-D2 featured on the R block, Indiana Jones and integrated circuit on the I, and Scooby Doo and soldering iron appearing on the S block.

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