I agree with the idea of a well meaning gift and being stuck with it..
I was going to get a 3/8 cordless drill for the bench... the wife saw
my wish list, and decided that I was being to "cheap" and got me a
craftsman 19v 1/2" drill/driver that you could drill fence post holes
with... it's a really nice tool, but about 5 pounds heavier than what
I had in mind for bench use....
no way, if I want her to keep interested in my tools and shop!!
Somewhere a long time ago I read that the perfect gift is something that
someone could afford to get for himself and would want to get for himself,
but wouldn't think to get for himself.
Better safety equipment is always good. Anything from Starrett that he
doesn't already have and that is useful for woodworking is good (Starrett
also has a bunch of esoteric industrial stuff that too specialized for
woodworking). Does he have a set of diamond sharpening stones? Even if he
has good Japanese water stones the diamond will prove handy. Just about
anything from Lie Nielsen is a good bet--many Lie Nielsen items have
equivalents from Lee Valley/Veritas that cost less and would also be good
bets. Or just about anything from Japan Woodworker that doesn't duplicate
something he already has (or a set of their high-end chisels even if he
already has decent chisels that aren't high-end handmade Japanese, but that
might be a lot more than you want to go). If he doesn't have a lathe, I
second the vote for a Jet Mini--a small lathe is one of those tools that
you don't miss until you've had one. Does he have an HVLP spray rig? If
not, that would be _very_ nice--just make sure he's got enough compressor
to run it or get one of the self-contained turbine setups.
Of course a gift certificate to Woodcraft/Lee Valley/Japan Woodworker/Lie
Nielsen/Home Depot/Lowes etc would always be good.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Yeah, those are great! You can find them cheaper, though. Picked up the
one at Harbor Freight for ~$16 about a month ago (for SWMBO; she loves
it. QC inspector by trade).
Lee Valley also has (a likely better one) for something in the $30
range, I think.
Very handy to have around the house/shop.
Thank you all for such great ideas. I've been able to search around the
garage to see if he already has some of the items suggested - and he
does. But some items I don't see anywhere so I have a great list to
This newsgroup truly has the best subscribers. It's a good thing my
husband doesn't use the newsgroups yet on his PC or I'd have to figure
out another way to get surprise gift ideas.
Thanks to everyone for your help...
Well, in my opinion, between the fact that you are making such an effort and
the Birthday Present discussed earlier, your husband has everything a man could
want or need. Get any bauble from Lee Valley and double up on the Birthday
Present and there's one lucky guy.
Clamps. No woodworker ever has enough
A precision marking gauge.
A good (as in Starret) combination square -- $150 or so from Lee
Hock irons for his planes.
A really good blade for his table saw.
Projects expand to fill the clamps available -- plus 20 percent
to have more than one of. I appreciate all of your help. I want to be
able to surprise him with some items that he won't be expecting.
Too late feor this year, but you should encourage him to go on
Amazon.com and make his personal "wish list". This allows people to
look him up, and see what he wants. Kinda like a wedding registry.
sniop snip snip.................
Have not read the other replies....
I would Hand him a few Catalogs or better yet go with him to
a woodcraft store etc....not Home Depot etc...and before
your get out of the car (or hopefully the truck) ..Just tell him
he has 45 minutes to blow (x) $$$$ on himself ... Before HE took you
out to dinner...
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