These are the top Christmas holiday gift ideas for DIY projects around the house for the carpenter,
builder, or remodeler. How about a table saw, Sawzall, Work Sharp Tool Sharpener, drill press, or grinder?
Christmas day is getting closer now and what could be a better Christmas present to give the Do-It-Yourself-type person than a tool? While it if fine to know a boatload of wood shop tips, they wont do much good without proper tools.
Power tools or hand tools, the holiday season selection has never been better. This article lists the
top best DIY power tool gift ideas. The previous one talked about
hand tool gift ideas.
For woodworking tools like these, I always recommend shopping at
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. They stock many items that you just wont find anywhere else.
The Benchtop Table Saw: a Portable 10 Cabinet Table Saw
OK, its not a cabinet table saw in and of itself. But when combined with table saw accessories like
outfeed rollers and a stand, it gets the job done! A benchtop table saw should be right on top of the
wood working tool list.
The major benefit of the benchtop table saw is its portability. Some jobs demand the the accuracy that
a circular saw just cant deliver. And, there are times when it's just not practical to do all
the cutting in the wood shop.
ont worry about the small size. Why not pick up some benchtop
table saw extensions for handling
those larger projects? For top quality, look for Jet, Ryobi, and DeWalt.
The Reciprocating Saw Tough and Fast
The reciprocating saw, more commonly known in the building trades as a Sawzall, is an amazing power tool.
It doesnt always deliver a pretty cut but thats not what it was designed for.
The reciprocating saw is like a monster jigsaw on steroids. There are times when a Sawzall will cut right
through the time it takes to perform a task. In fact, one of the best times to have one of these is when
doing a demolition job.
These babies are tough enough to take on drywall, tree limbs, wood studs, and even steel, such as rebar. The best reciprocating saws on the market are made by Milwaukee (who coined the term), Ryobi, and DeWalt, in my opinion.
Work Sharp Tool Sharpener WS2000
When Im installing door hardware,
mortise and tenon joints, or other furniture projects, I
rely heavily on my chisels. A perfect blade might not be so critical visually in many situations but if
the cut isn't straight and crisp, glueable surface area is reduced.
What can be done to keep your chisel blades straight, true, and sharp? the Work Sharp Tool Sharpener
WS2000. Small in size, it packs a punch in features. The main thing is the Chisel Sharpening Port, which
puts a precise 25 degree angle on the blade.
The Benchtop Drill Press
When most people think of a drill press, the one that comes to mind is the one from high school
shop class. Remember, the one almost as tall as the teacher? Well, those are good for big jobs
but the benchtop drill press is the way to go for those smaller DIY projects.
For the small home wood shop where real estate is at a premium, this drill press can be stored away
when not in use. What are the qualities to look for in a benchtop drill press?
Horsepower. A HP rating of ranges between 1/4 and 1. Bigger is better.
Variable Speeds. The more the better. Versatility is key here; 5 to 12 speeds are common.
Depth Stops. The ability to set the bit depth is essential with repetitive drilling.
Look for Grizzly, Delta, Craftsman, and Ryobi for top notch quality.
The Bench Grinder
The popular bench grinder is essential in any wood shop. And at the price Home Depot and Lowes sell them
for, its an embarrassment not to be the proud owner of one! Precision tool? Far from it.
But its the best thing in town for sharpening and removing mushrooms from cold chisels.
Also, its invaluable for those little gotta-make-it-fit tasks.
DeWalt makes a great one, as does Jet, Delta, and Dayton.
Rotary Tools: Routers and the RotoZip
Rotary tools do what the name implies rotate a bit to cut and shape. Routers are held in both hands or mounted in router tables, which is where the fun and creativity really starts.
The picture above shows a router table that I recently designed and built. If you choose to give a router as a gift, the lucky giftee can follow the link in the Related Articles list at the bottom of this article for my detailed router table plans.
A RotoZip is similar in function to a router but smaller, held in one hand. Its more of an all-around utilitarian tool as opposed to the router, which is more of a woodworking tool. There are many handy RotoZip attachments available.
For the Woodworker Who Has Everything
Face it, it can be tough to buy a Christmas gift for the woodworker whose work shop is fully stocked. But the right stocking stuffers can solve that problem. Check out these new Bench Cookies (click on pic at left for details) from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.
Placed under the woodworking project on the work bench, they eliminate sliding. They also elevate the piece for sanding, gluing, or finishing.
Hopefully, this article provided a good jumping off point for power tools to stuff in the DIY Christmas
stocking. Ho, ho, ho!