Some of my 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
These are tools that I use on a regular basis in my wood shop. Each of these items will make 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 serves multiple purposes for me in the shop to keep me safe, provide my accurate measurements, and give me that extra pair 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.
The T-90 is designed to offer maximum convenience while prioritizing safety. It includes a range of user-friendly features that make wearing and maintaining it effortless. Users who require respiratory protection for extended periods or work in hot conditions appreciate its exceptional breathability and comfort.
DFM Small Carpenter Square Alloy Steel Made in USA with Fixed Miter Angle Pin. Great things come in small sizes. I carry this little wonder in my apron for every project.
This Mechanical Pencil is a great addition to any workshop apron. A great part of this pencil is that you can also purchase a white lead that works great on multiple types of wood. It comes with its own handy sleeve that clips into your apron.
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
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
Magwitch Universal Feather board : Works On Both Sides Of The Blade, And Even The Fence. The most versatile featherboard ever. Use on any table or fence – no miter slot limitation. I use this on my tablesaw, bandsaw and jointer.
Paper roll towel for single-use general-purpose cleaning and absorbing lubricants, oil, and grime. Suitable for use in garages and workshops
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!