SWMBO's side of the family is very practical. Instead of guessing
about Christmas gifts, everybody makes up a Christmas wish list and
then they circulate them. I'll get several items in the $30 - $50
range. I've been woodworking long enough that I already have all the
basics that can be bought for that kind of money. And I've developed a
taste for the "best" instead of the "good enough".
Now the question. What is your favorite tool that's less than $50?
Mine is probably my Incra Rule. I use it almost every time I walk in
the shop. Ideas anyone?
"Even an old blind hog finds an acorn every now and then."
A gift I thought was cute but unnecessary but now use all the time is my
dial caliper graduated in fractions of an inch. I've used a vernier
caliper in thousandths for about forty years and thought the other more
of a gimmick. Couldn't part with it now.
Stephen M wrote:
The Mk.II honing guide is at the top of my LV wishlist, which I will
soon be distributing to both sides of the family.
Other things I'm asking for include more clamps (of course), a few
books, drum sander, maybe router bits, etc. I'm kind of thinking about
the Infinitytools rabbet combo router bit kit, with 1" cutting height.
As far as favorite tools I currently own, I also really like my dial
caliper (Mitutoyo), but it'd save time if it were in fraction instead
of decimal - as it is, I keep a conversion chart handy. Another useful
gadget (for woodworking and everything else) is a dremmel-type rotary
tool with a bunch of accessories. One final thing I'm always happy
about is a really nice, comfortable pair of safety glasses that aren't
all scratched up - but SWMBO gets those (even the nice ones) free from
One of my favorite gifts that's totally unrelated to woodworking is a
Gore-tex rain hat (OR Seattle Sombrero) - if you spend much time
outside where it rains, it's wonderful. You can hear and see, unlike a
raincoat hood, you don't have to carry an umbrella, and your neck still
stays dry. Spiffy.
Thanks for the great suggestions. I have the dial caliper and the
honing guide. They are both nice tools.
One other item I got recently that I really like is the opti-muff. It
combines ear muffs and safety glasses. Sounds like a gimmick, but you
know how the regular muffs press the eyeglass temples into your, well
temples? These are comfortable for hours. And they go on and off
together, so I don't have to search for 2 items of safety equipment.
"If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?"
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