As a woodworker, I can think of a million things that I need and want, but I’d imagine generating gift ideas for woodworkers would be difficult. So I am here to help you out. If you have a woodworker (or even a handyman/woman or a do-it-yourselfer) in your life, use the next gift giving occasion to treat them to a new item (or items) for their hobby. The problem with most woodworkers are that we are picky people who have brand loyalty or specific needs that may be hard to fulfill. However this list of gift ideas for woodworkers should get you through safely.
If you are a woodworker looking for DIY gift ideas to build for others, check out this blog.
A quick disclosure—I’m writing this without having a few of these items as a hint to my own wife.
One of the most important aspects of building things is that your pieces are nice and square. The best way to make sure that happens is with a nice square or triangle that you know is accurate. One from a big box store will work for most things but a high-quality one will be extremely accurate with some added features.
For anything in this realm, get them a Woodpeckers brand item. These are extremely high quality and have nothing but a fantastic reputation.
A good saw blade can make a huge difference in the quality and ease of a cut. The table saw is a great place to invest in a good blade. I personally use Freud blades as they are a great bang for your buck choice.
The blade I run 90% of the time in my saw is this combination blade. It’s a great choice for most cuts! Most table saws are 10 inches so that is your best bet.
This one may feel like a bit of a copout in regards to getting them a gift but let me explain why this is such a good choice. Woodworkers and do it yourselfers always have their eye on some sort of tool or gadget. But these items can be expensive and we don’t want to purchase them at that cost. But a gift card allows us to either get that item outright or put a good amount towards it! It takes a lot of pressure off the gift giver.
This is a bit ambiguous because each situation is different but I’ll give some great examples later. The reason that an item for the shop specifically is such a good gift is because most of us want to put money or resources towards tools before anything else. A comfort item for the shop will be extremely low on my list of things I would buy for myself.
Here are some examples of great gifts that could make spending time in the shop that much better:
This is more specialized to someone who is doing woodworking specifically. Specialty stores usually offer some classes and there are guilds across the country that offer courses in woodworking. This would be a great gift for someone who is just starting out with their woodworking journey!
This one is much more homework for the gift giver and can be a much bigger purchase in most cases but would be a hit with whoever gets it.
If you are going to buy a tool for someone, here are some things to keep in mind:
All these options are going to make the recipient so excited and the best part is, they will end up using these items to build you something in the future!
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