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Woodworking tool, gift for a friend

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by brogh, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. brogh

    brogh Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey all :)

    I need some advice for a gift, I was thinking about some jig/tool that get used in a hobbyists woodworker shop, he likes also to do models, cnc routing, circuit design, lately he’s deep in wood stuff so I was thinking about woodworking.

    I have no clue .. the only thing I know is that he has a lot of proxxon tools & dewalt stuff mostly small stuff....

    any advice ?...I’m really lost here :p
     
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  2. old wrench

    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    Wow, so many possibilities. :)

    Does he prefer hand tools over machines?

    I used to get some pretty weird stuff for Christmas ;).

    I completely understand the sentiment in giving someone something special that I think they'd like, but maybe a gift card from a good tool outfit would be the safest bet?


    edit: Looking at my "gift card" response, all I can say is "Bah Humbug" on me!

    I don't know what your budget looks like; maybe a nice wood chisel in a useful size like 3/4" wide? Or on the high end - I recently got a really nice Veritas "apron" plane that feels great in the hand and works fantastic; they go for about $100 bucks.

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  3. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That's a tough one, as woodworking tools are about as personal as effects pedals in what works for each person. I second the suggestion of a gift card.
     
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    LeftFinger Friend of Leo's

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    Lee Valley gift card
    Makes me happy when I get one
     
  5. Freeman Keller

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    Plus 2. Frankly I wouldn't want someone else selecting my tools. But paying for them, yeah.

    I'll add that I often give my wood working son a gift card to the local fine wood store in Portland where he shops
     
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    I'd need a garage and a Bridgeport, Laser Jet, SolidWorks and/or a battery powered Saws All. jk
    A good set of clamps is what I'd suggest for the OP.
     
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    This is an excellent suggestion.

     
  8. Peegoo

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    Spot on. You never really have enough clamps (seriously). Here's a set that that's not too expensive (I have these) and is supremely useful in any workshop:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DM1FDQS/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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    Peg head ream?!?
     
  10. adjason

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    a nice dovetail hand saw would be pretty sweet as would some really nice chisels-check rockler and woodcraft and lee valley
     
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    If he doesn't have nice ear protection, perhaps nice ear protection. I've seen plenty of shops with 10,000 dollars worth of equipment and one pair of squeeze in-ear plugs that are well used.

    Otherwise, really nice sandpaper is always appreciated. The kind that feels like cloth and gets up to 2k grit.
     
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    Lee Valley, Woodcraft, or Highland tools gift certificate. Also as previously mentioned clamps are never a bad gift, specifically Jorgensons.
     
  13. Peegoo

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    Find out if the guy has a 5" round-pad orbital sander. These power tools use replaceable sandpaper discs backed with Velcro that are easily attached to the sander.

    If he has one of these tools, get him a few of these things (link below). They accept the same sanding discs and are perfect for finish sanding large surfaces as well as jobs too small for the powered sander. These are a huge improvement over the old standard 3M rubber sanding block that wastes sandpaper because half the paper folds up into the handle.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHV674S/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    I've got one of these sanding blocks and I love it :).

    Fits the hand nice.

    Easy sandpaper change.

    Sands dead flat.



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    It's called a "Preppin Weapon"; I think I paid around $23 bucks for mine at the Woodcraft store.

    I'm one of those weirdos that don't mind hand sanding, this block helps ;)

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    My two favourite tools. A dead blow hammer and an ocillating multi tool with a good selection of blades.
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  16. jkingma

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    Unless you know what he already has and what he might actually need, the gift card option is probably the best.

    But then again, like others have said, clamps are always a good option. What do they say...? You can never have too many clamps.

    A few years ago a friend of mine was cleaning out his father-in-law's garage after he had passed away. He rounded up all the clamps in a box and dropped them off at my place. I already had tons of clamps, but it was like Christmas morning.
     
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    What you think he needs and what he thinks he needs are probably poles apart. The gift card idea is the best way to go.
     
  18. brogh

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    I was looking at the stuff he does and mostly it's small cabinetry and box shaped object, he doesn't do chairs or full furniture stuff

    I was htingking that a saaww like this might actually get handy, for the stuff he does, i see they coome in various variations and sizes, also looking at clamps, thanks for the tips !!



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    How about a set of telecaster body templates and a flushcut router bit? Win Win!! or clamps
     
  20. charlie chitlin

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    If you don't know what you're doing, you cannot buy tools for someone who does.
    As a lifelong mechanic, I can tell you...many have tried, ALL attempts have failed.
    Get him a gift certificate.
     
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