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13 Great Gifts for Woodworkers

There are no shortage of great gift ideas for woodworkers. From special woods to quality hand tools to the latest power tools, here are a few gifts for under the tree that will be sure to make woodworkers happy.

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Just Add Logs

Just Add Logs

There's something very primal about building a piece of furniture from logs. This Lumberjack Tools Home Series Beginner's Kit comes with a tenon cutter and Forstner bit that makes it easy to attach all kinds of trunks and limbs to make rustic furniture pieces.

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A Better Combination Square

A Better Combination Square

The LaSquare Combination Square is truly a better combination square. The extra-wide base helps stabilize the square when doing all kinds of layout, marking and setup tasks in the shop. While it does command a premium price, it's a tool that will last a lifetime.

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The Ultimate Portaband Accessory

The Ultimate Portaband Accessory

It's a luxury to have a bandsaw, let alone two of them, in a woodshop. That's where the SWAG Portaband Table with Foot Switch comes in. When you're reluctant to cut a piece of metal on your finely-tuned woodworking bandsaw, you can do it safely and effectively with your portable bandsaw and this finely-made table. The portable bandsaw (sold separately, you can order a table to fit your model) mounts in the table, giving you a solid surface to reference for making cuts. And, the included footswitch means you can keep two hands on the piece at all times.

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Measuring Tool from Yesteryear

Measuring Tool from Yesteryear

Before the advent of tape measures, you'd often find a folding rule in a woodworker's pocket. The Robert Larson Co. 650-1167 3-Foot Folding Ruler brings the old world into the new. Made from solid hardwood with brass joints, this tool will become your go to measuring device for all kinds of projects. And, at less than $20, it makes a great stocking stuffer.

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Super Saw Rasp

Super Saw Rasp

Rasps play an important role in shaping and finishing wood. The 9' Shinto Saw Rasp makes quick work of roughing out three-dimensional shapes in all kinds of wood. Its cutting surface is like a series of folded bandsaw blades. You'll find it works just as good for quick material removal as it does for finer detail work and even work with end grain!

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User-Friendly Glue Bottle

User-Friendly Glue Bottle

Woodworkers use glue by the gallon, so a quality, refillable glue bottle is a must. The FastCap Glu-Bot Glue Bottle is very popular. The no-drip tip, wide mouth for refilling and extra-wide base (so it doesn't tip) make this buy a no-brainer.

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Isometric Paper

Isometric Paper

Making a plan is half the battle when building a piece of furniture, and detailed sketches help projects move smoothly. That's why Alvin Isometric Paper is so cool. The diamond-shaped isometric grid helps you draw accurate, three-dimensional plans so you can really visualize what you'd like to build before you build it.

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A Handsome Leather Apron

A Handsome Leather Apron

Keeping clean in a workshop is a chore, but an apron goes a long way. This heavy-duty Hobart Leather Welding Apron provides excellent coverage, a couple handy pockets and can serve as protection if you like to work with metal, too.

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The Best Way to Make a Square Hole

The Best Way to Make a Square Hole

Making a square hole isn't all that easy ? usually you drill a hole slightly smaller than your square, then pare it to size with a chisel. But a hollow-chisel mortiser makes the process a lot quicker. The Powermatic PM701 3/4 Horsepower Bench Mortiser is a premium tool, but it's one of the best you can buy for a benchtop machine. After all, not all woodworkers have the space to dedicate to a huge, free-standing machine.

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Really Sweet Sweetheart Chisels

Really Sweet Sweetheart Chisels

Run-of-the-mill hardware store chisels can only take a woodworker so far. Eventually, he or she will get tired of constantly sharpening a soft steel edge or get fed up with un-ergonomic plastic handles. That's when it's time to try out a Sweetheart. Stanley Sweetheart 750 Series Socket Chisels are a good first-foray into quality hand tools. The timeless design and wooden handles are the way tools are supposed to feel. With a little care and setup time, you'll find yourself reaching for these chisels time and again.

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Woodworker's Lumber AssortmentFamily Handyman

Woodworker's Lumber Assortment

Wood ? you can't be a woodworker without it. And most woodworkers can never have enough stock on hand. If you want to get something special, beyond the classic oak, maple or walnut varieties, think about a box of exotic wood off-cuts from Rockler. Get a taste for the species and wood before deciding to build a whole project. It's a bit of a gamble, but all wood is good, right?

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M-Powertools Point 2 Point Spacing ToolFamily Handyman

M-Powertools Point 2 Point Spacing Tool

If you always have a heck of time trying to figure out equal spacing for things like coat hooks and shelf locations, check out the Point 2 Point Mk2 layout tool from M-Powertools.

The Mk2 is an accordion-like apparatus with seven adjustable marking points. Just stretch it out so the distance between the marking points (or every two or three marking points) is the proper space you need, tighten the pinch bolts and mark the locations on your project. You can also use it to space fasteners, find center points and figure out how many small boards you can cut out of a larger one.

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A Superior HandsawFamily Handyman

A Superior Handsaw

When was the last time you used a handsaw? It was probably dull and hard to push, and chances are, you couldn't follow a straight line to save your life. But saws are not all created equal. Irwin's 15-in. Universal Handsaw is truly remarkable: It's extremely sharp and easy to grip, and it cuts up to three times faster than other handsaws. The secret is in the teeth. They're ground with three faces then hardened to stay sharp much longer than a conventional saw's teeth. Irwin calls this a 'universal' saw because it performs equally well with the grain and across the grain. Keep it around to break down longer boards that don't easily fit on your miter saw. And carry it with you to the lumberyard to cut down long lengths of wood so they fit in your car for the ride home. The teeth can't be sharpened, but at this price, who cares?