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gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: November 30, 2017 11:30AM
I have a young relative (mid 20's) who has gotten into woodworking and I would like to buy him a few present to feed his new hobby. I know he has made a kitchen table and some shelves. He wants to build nightstands. Can the forum carpenters give me a few gift suggestions?
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 30, 2017 11:35AM
High quality wood



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: billb
Date: November 30, 2017 11:36AM
a box of bandaids and a pair of tweezers



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 30, 2017 11:37AM
Tools are the usual concept, but you have to know what tools they have first. Flush cut Japanese saws, forged chisels, etc...
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 30, 2017 11:48AM
I know its not personal, $50 home depot gift card?

carharts? tool box?



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 30, 2017 11:54AM
....tool belt with a very large tool......or very sensitive stud...finder.....



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: 3d
Date: November 30, 2017 11:58AM
Woodworking magazine subscription(s) for inspiration.
A real, printed, hard-copy magazine that arrives in the mailbox.
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: raz
Date: November 30, 2017 11:59AM
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cbelt3
Tools are the usual concept, but you have to know what tools they have first. Flush cut Japanese saws, forged chisels, etc...

I agree. Back in my woodworking day, I bought one of these. It's ridiculously great.

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 30, 2017 12:13PM
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Ombligo
High quality wood

Best answer. Prices are not shy for better quality types.
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 30, 2017 12:13PM
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raz
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cbelt3
Tools are the usual concept, but you have to know what tools they have first. Flush cut Japanese saws, forged chisels, etc...

I agree. Back in my woodworking day, I bought one of these. It's ridiculously great.

[www.amazon.com]

You didnt mention a budget -- that looks cool, like some thought was put into it.



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: davester
Date: November 30, 2017 12:31PM
Does he have a table saw with a cast iron top? If so, magnetic featherboards make a huge difference in both safety and precision of cuts.


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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 30, 2017 12:50PM
If he has any cordless tools, spare batteries are always useful.

About two years ago, I sold off all my DeWalt 18 volt NiCad based tools and switched over to lithium-based Milwaukee cordless tools. I've been VERY happy with the quality of Milwaukee tools. LOTS of packages you can get (as well as "bare tool" only). I've been buying online from Acme Tools and Northern Tools. Home Depot carries much of the Milwaukee line too.

Final thought, a gift card to a place like Home Depot or Lowes would allow him to choose exactly what he needs/wants (within the card's limit).
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 30, 2017 12:55PM
....a cute carpenter's.....apprentice.....??



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: kledo
Date: November 30, 2017 01:58PM
Nothing beats learning from someone with skills to pass on. Are there any classes in woodworking where your nephew lives?

There are weekend and week-long courses and seminars listed in Fine Woodworking.

Another thought: Is there a Woodcraft store nearby? They have classes too. Perhaps a community college?

--Kledo
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: November 30, 2017 02:08PM
A decent level should be appreciated. A case to protect it would be useful too.

A cordless laser level would be freakin' awesome!! smiley-excited001

It's probably overkill if he is basically making furniture though. They're great if you're laying out for concrete, or other jobs where lengthy distances are an issue.

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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: November 30, 2017 03:42PM
What do you know about woodworking?
Gift card is a great idea. Tie it to this.

Dust brush.



Seriously, this is a great brush and you can never have enough brushes.
It is that thing that you never get around to buying for a very long time and you are always wanting.




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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Bo
Date: November 30, 2017 03:49PM
This is the gift you should get him!

I am a long time hobby woodworker and the best woodworking gift that I ever received was not really a tool at all but it made me strive to get much better in my craft. A friend in college bought me a custom torch heated branding iron (electric also available). It made me want to make higher quality furniture that I was proud to put my name on.

She got if for me at Rockler but there are many places that make them. They run about $70 but can go up or down depending on what you go with.

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He'll buy his own tools over time but he might never buy himself something like this. Also a very personalized gift.

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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 30, 2017 04:18PM
That is cool Bo.

Bo Hick... must resist ;)



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: November 30, 2017 05:34PM
Thanks for all the great suggestions. My budget doesn't allow me to get ALL of them right now but I'm going to keep them in a list to get him in the future. Thanks.
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Winston
Date: November 30, 2017 11:07PM
I was flipping through a Garrett Wade catalog today and was struck by this:
Yankee Push Drill
[www.garrettwade.com]

They've also got some unique clamps I could have used last summer when restoring a drawer from an old chest:
[www.garrettwade.com]
These two use friction so that you are really just clamping from one side:
- Right Angle Torsion Box Clamp
- Face Frame Clamp
and clamps for frames or boxes:
- Multi-Angle Miter and Frame Clamp (uses a strap and adjustable corner braces)
- Frame Clamp (four corners and rods to hold a rectangle)

They also carry a line of "antique" tools which have a lot of character.


Good luck.

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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 01, 2017 09:32AM
Bo,

Love the branding iron! I was going to recommend a quality tool for sanding. If I produced custom furniture, I'd want both now!

Robert
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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 01, 2017 09:34AM
Hand clamps with wooden jaws are one of the most useful things a woodworker (or any human that has ever had to clamp _anything_) can have:



Gifting time is a great time for these, since there are a lot of cheapo ones out there, which are tempting to buy if you’re buying for yourself. If you get them, buy good ones - it’s well worth a couple more bucks to have something that will last a lifetime.

A nice “chop saw” (miter saw, cut off saw) is another, somewhat pricier option. Extremely useful.

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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 01, 2017 09:44AM
....a home carpentress......???



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Re: gifts for the home carpenter?
Posted by: Michael
Date: December 01, 2017 10:01PM
I was going to second the HD gift card because I really want to get what tools I want not the tools somebody thinks I should want. But, Bo's branding iron trumps that. It's very cool!
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