My Mum said "I want a power screwdriver that is all mine. Not anyone
else's." She's not getting my Makitas, but I found her a nice Panasonic
I'll have to borrow it once to see why it's a favorite brand here. ;-)
On 26 Dec 2009 06:56:43 GMT, Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote:
I bought a 12v Panasonic for SWMBO (a little slip of a thing) a couple years ago
recommendations here. I have not regretted it, and more importantly, neither
has she. Your Mom
will like it, and you might find yourself wondering why you don't have one
Oh yeah, I forgot the box-set of Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, that's the
only woodworking gift I actually suggested.
I found a bin at LOwes with a pile of 4-inch "Vise Grips," albeit
Lowes brand and grabbed the three left at $1.98 each. Then, I cut a
pattern guide out of some thin material and used it to rout out a hole
that just fit the little pliers in three chunks of 3/4-inch Mahogany.
Then, I planed down an old (1960 era) piece of "barn wood" that had
some nice figuring and routed out a rectangular opening so as to form
a cover or top for the tool encapsulating Mahogany base into which I
cut a rabbit on all four sides so the bottom section fit nicely into
the Barn Wood top. Putting the two pieces together, I trimmed all four
sides on the table saw, then sanded and finished the little boxes.
I gave them as gifts to a couple of buddies and to my son-in-law.
Nothing great, somewhat of a "gag gift," but fun to make and give. And
at a cost that was hardly noticed.
Not so impressive as the umbrella stand - nice piece - but an idea for
next year maybe.
I buy my own tools and tell everyone I know I prefer it that way. In
fact, I prefer that I am the only one that knows about my tools and
that nobody ever sees them. I'd be happy to get a warm plaid flannel
shirt as a gift though, even better if it has pocket flaps to keep out
I asked for some 5" hook and loop sand paper for Christmas, and got a
couple packages from just about everybody. That worked out quite well for
Christmas tools. You never can have too much sand paper, especially when
it takes 2-3 sheets to finish a project.
Didn't get the other tool I asked for, a good quality pencil sharpener.
(Lee Valley's got one for $20.)
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