Affordable gifts for woodworkers that won't get returned!
This time of year, there are a lot of woodworking web sites and magazines featuring gift buying guides. What many of them overlook is that as woodworkers, we want to choose our own tools. While I would love to have a new table saw, I'd prefer to research it myself and select the perfect one for me. I don't recommend buying tools as gifts.
It is with that in mind that I came up with my list of gifts I am certain any woodworker would love to receive and would actually use. So guys, feel free to casually leave this post open on your monitor for your wife to accidentally see while you are in another room.
1. Wood. You simply can't go wrong here. Head over to Woodcraft or another store that sells exotic or specialty lumber. Pick out an unusual board that you've never heard of and buy a short length. Your woodworker will find something cool to make with it: most likely something for you.
2. Saw Blades. We always need sharp new blades for our saws and, if your woodworking spouse is like me, he uses dull blades far longer than he should. If you are unsure what type of blade to get, just go out to the shop and measure the diameter of a table saw blade or a miter saw blade. Most likely, it will be 10" or 12" in diameter.
3. Clamps. It's an old saying that a woodworker can never have enough clamps, and it is true. Buy some clamps: any size or type. They are all useful.
4. Drill bits. We use drill bits all the time and they break and get dull. A few years ago my wife bought me a 114 piece drill and driver kit. I am still using it.
5. Forstner bits. These are large drill bits used for boring large, clean holes. I bought a set at Costco a while ago for about $50.
6. Router bits. Again, these get dull and we tend to keep using them longer than we should. You can buy individual ones, or various sized sets containing all sorts of profiles.
7. Yellow wood glue. Yep, we use it all the time and can always use more. You might also consider getting a couple of empty squeeze bottles for it.
8. Sandpaper. We spend most of our time sanding. An assorted package of sandpaper is always great to have handy. Better yet, buy some sandpaper for his random orbit or finishing sander.
And there you have it. I mean really, what could be more romantic than a four foot Brazilian Cherry board? And don't forget to visit the Mere Mortal gift shop, too!