Our favorite tools that make every project easier (and safer too!)
I’m often asked for gift ideas for woodworkers, so we put together a list of 11 Gift Ideas for Woodworkers and Makers under $70.00 (it was supposed to be 10, but I couldn’t decide which to leave off!) These are tools that I use on a regular basis in my wood shop. Each of these items will make great your woodworker’s shop more efficient and safer.
All these items are in my shop except the tape measure. I bought that for my son-in-law who uses it on a regular basis.
I find each of these items serve multiple purposes for me in the shop to keep me safe, provide my accurate measurements and give me that extra pairs of hands that I need.
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Safety is essential in the shop and these GRR-RIPPERS keep tablesaw blades, router bits and Jointer blades away from my fingers. No shop should be without them. I Have 2 and use them daily.
Don’t let the noise of your machinery ruin your hearing. I use these while running all the tools in my shop to protect my hearing. They fit well with safety glasses and are comfortable to wear for hours.
Great things come in small sizes. I carry this little wonder in my apron for every project. It helps me make sure that my wood is all the same thickness when coming out of the planer. I use it to set the depth of my dado cuts.
This tape measure is great for someone that has issues with the smaller measurements such as 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, etc.. Left or Right handed, this item really measures up.
12 in Centerpoint Rule – $13.95
I picked this up on a whim while walking through a wood store one day and I have never regretted it. It can be difficult to determine the center point of wood at times and this finds center every time without failure and with great ease. Find the full measurement on the top of the ruler and find the same number on the bottom and that is center.
NO ONE EVER HAS ENOUGH CLAMPS
Large Rockler Bandy Clamps, Pair – $24.99
I could never figure out what the fuss was for these until I acquired them and now use them almost daily to hold things in place. I just used them for a small project when gluing edge molding to a puzzle board made with plywood. These held the molding in place while the glue dried.
These are the extra hands I need in the shop. I can hold the wood with one hand and clamp with the outer without any effort. I use them to hold my straight edge when using my circular saw on long pieces. I use them to hold wood in place when using my palm router. The use for these is endless.
I am a huge fan of pipe clamps because I can make them as short or long as I need depending on the pipes I have available. Having multiple pairs in the shop in various lengths is extremely handy. The are great for gluing up tabletop, cutting boards or anything that needs multiple pieces of wood joined together.
ODDS + ENDS
There are a lot of feather boards out there but these are the first ones I bought quite a few years ago and use them on my table saw, RIDGID belt sander and my Grizzly band saw. They hold themselves in place and the wood I am working with.
Sellars 55208 ToolBox Shop Towels Dispenser Bucket, 12″ Length x 10″ Width, Blue (2 Buckets of 200 Sheets) – $29.95
I have used this in the shop for about a year now and have refilled it once. The dispenser hangs on the wall out of the way. The towels are great for cleaning up glue, stain or paint spills. They’re especially useful to make sure the glue is cleaned up after securing clamps.
Painters Tripods 10pk – $22.98
For years I used different home made contraption for drying projects – one was a wood board with screws sticking out the top in rows, which I would carefully balance my almost finished masterpiece on. It worked, sort of – if you don’t mind a ton of tiny holes in your final project.
This little set of tripods caught my eye one day and I wouldn’t be without them – they work SO much better!
What tool do you use that you can’t be without?
I’d love to hear what your favorite basic tool that you use everyday. I’m sure I don’t have everything I need and my wife will be asking for my list soon! Leave your suggestions below!