Buying the perfect gift for a loved one is hard.
When they love woodworking it's almost impossible, especially if woodworking isn't your thing.
With thousands of woodworking gifts to choose from, where do you start?
Well, here's the short version so you can plan, figure out what you want to spend then pick out something nice.
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1. Workbench - $600 to $2452
2. Hand plane - $25 to $416
3. Dovetail Jig - $159 to $469
4. Chisel set in a wooden box - $81 to $375
5. Apron - $55 to $205
6. Full set of Forstner Bits in a wooden box - $160 to $265
7. Full set of Card Scrapers - $27.50 to $70
8. Carving tool set in a wooden box - $45.50 to $750
9. Rosewood, mortise gauge - $65 to $118
10. Rosewood sliding T-Bevel gauge - $34.50 to $43
Want to know more about these items with a few other options, read on.. Oh and make sure your loved one doesn't already have one of course.
Here we go - Ready?
Literally the first thing you'd have done back in the day. Day one, task one in your new job as a carpenters apprentice.
"There's a stack of English Beech wood... Make your workbench".
One - Designing and building a workbench teaches you a bunch of necessary skills. You get to serve a portion of your apprenticeship in that one task.
Two - The workbench isnt furniture... It's the tool that enables a woodworker to use the rest of his tools.
With it, you can hold any workpiece on any of it's 3 axis and at a comfortable height.
Even a basic carpenters workbench will be a huge game changer for someone with a passion for woodworking.
Thankfully, we have a bunch of workbenches available ranging from starter to advanced so there's something there for any budget.
A good set of chisels is pretty much the first tool set any woodworker buys when he's starting out. You just need one, and the bigger the set the more you get. Our bevel edge chisels are a great choice because they are made by one of the most well known and respected brands in the market 'Two Cherries'. Also a set of beve elde chisels is such an all rounder. You can use them for almost anything.
Whether you're in a big open space or a 2 car garage wood shop, at some point, you'll need a hand tool and you'll have to walk somewhere to get it. Do that 50 times during a heavy work day. You wasted hours and you're way more tired than you would have been otherwise.
The humble carpenters Apron, has pockets designed to hold all your most regularly used woodworking tools (Pencils, combination square, block plane, tape measure, angle gauge, utility knife, scraper, punch... and many more).
Once you train your brain to automatically reach for an apron pocket rather than the workbench when you're done with a tool, you'll always have it there the split second you need it and it won't be in your way ever again. What's more, you'll spend zero time searching for yet another pencil... That's huge!
We have 2 options. The Ferrari and the Ford.
The super fancy option is by world renowned tool maker 'Two Cherries'. This thing is amazing, it's like wearing a super comfy flack jacket. By that I mean, it protects your body from anything a machine could spit out at you. It has ample pockets for storage and it's super easy to put on and take off.
Next we have the Apron of the people... Sure it won't protect you much from a table saw kickback, but it has a bunch of pockets and it's also super comfortable. It just isn't quite as hard wearing as the 'Two Cherries' apron. That said, you can't complain at the price at just $55 vs the $205 price tag for the 'Two Cherries' Apron. Don't get me wrong, believe it or not they are both appropriately priced for what you get so it's just a matter of taste really.
When you need to drill a perfectly round hole with a perfectly flat base, there's one drilling accessory to turn to. The Forstner Bit. We have hundreds of different sizes and types available. CLICK HERE for details.
Ask any woodworker or carpenter and they'll tell you how useful a card scraper is. Once properly sharpened, they'll reward you with beautiful wood shavings and a finish ready surface without sanding for hours. They also enable you to clean up a glue line right up to a perpendicular surface. A great gift idea for the woodworker with everything.
You're not a well rounded carpenter until you have a comprehensive set of carving tools. Open up another dimension to your woodworking with a boxed set of all the most important carving tools you need.
Here we have 2 options and we've listed these as what to buy when you think he or she has everything.
What do they do?
Well when you need to create one of the most well known and popular joints between two pieces of wood (the mortise and tenon joint).
This is traditionally, the tool you use to mark out where to remove the wood to create that joint. It's kind of a big deal!
These are the super fancy options, we have others that are more budget friendly but they won't get the same wow factor on Christmas morning.
Finally, we have the Rosewood Sliding t-bevel gauge
Used to carefully and precisely mark an angle on a workpiece, these bevel gauges are the mark of a proud craftsman. Beautiful to look at and built to last.