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  • LCHIEN
    Internet Fact Checker
    • Dec 2002
    • 20847
    • Katy, TX, USA.
    • BT3000 vintage 1999

    Christmas coming. What are some Xmas gifts for Woodworkers around $20 or so

    Christmas is coming soon. What are some around $20 gifts for the woodworker with a lot of stuff, but still likes gadgets and tools?

    My first suggestion is a set of Gimlets

    Ever have a picture frame to hang and two small screw eyes to install? Perfect!

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    They are useful for making pilot and starter holes when you just have one or two to make and don't want to have to get out a cordless drill and a drill bit and carry all that stuff. The auger tip pulls them in and the fluted bit clears the hole.
    Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-17-2023, 06:17 PM.
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
    BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions
  • LCHIEN
    Internet Fact Checker
    • Dec 2002
    • 20847
    • Katy, TX, USA.
    • BT3000 vintage 1999

    #2
    Number 2. A Power monitor.
    Easily check AC voltage, current and frequency of tools. Min and Max and real time power. Calculates kWh if you leave it plugged in for a while.

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    Shop around for best price; seen from 20 to 40 bucks.!!

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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-17-2023, 06:26 PM.
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
    BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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    • LCHIEN
      Internet Fact Checker
      • Dec 2002
      • 20847
      • Katy, TX, USA.
      • BT3000 vintage 1999

      #3
      Center finders. Mark center of disks, dowels, rods, even finds mid points of ends of pieces of lumber. Cheap one is probably fine for disks up to 3"
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      Lots of choices on Amazon
      Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-17-2023, 06:30 PM.
      Loring in Katy, TX USA
      If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
      BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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      • LCHIEN
        Internet Fact Checker
        • Dec 2002
        • 20847
        • Katy, TX, USA.
        • BT3000 vintage 1999

        #4
        Digital rechargeable dial indicator 0-1"
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        Loring in Katy, TX USA
        If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
        BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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        • twistsol
          twistsol commented
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          I like this. I have to pull the battery out of mine every time I'm done using it otherwise it will need a new battery next time I pull it out of the drawer. I have the same issue with all of my digital calipers.

        • LCHIEN
          LCHIEN commented
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          Unlike most of the dial indicators sold in the past this is a DIN (metric) not AGD (ANSI/ASME).
          The stem is 6 mm not 3/8" and the tip is M2.5 not 4-48UNF So be warned.
      • LCHIEN
        Internet Fact Checker
        • Dec 2002
        • 20847
        • Katy, TX, USA.
        • BT3000 vintage 1999

        #5
        Set of 7 pcs Brad point drill bit set. Fractional 1/8" - 1/2". Don't get metric in the USA.
        These are so useful for drilling accurately placed hole; the brad point in the center can be placed so accurately in the crosshairs of where you want the hole, drill press or hand-held.

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        Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-17-2023, 06:14 PM.
        Loring in Katy, TX USA
        If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
        BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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        • LCHIEN
          Internet Fact Checker
          • Dec 2002
          • 20847
          • Katy, TX, USA.
          • BT3000 vintage 1999

          #6
          Veritas Saddle square from Lee Valley.com
          This is so useful for marking wrap around lines accurately and quickly. I have both the regular and large... the regular is for working with 1-by material and the large is for working with 2-by materials I use the regular most. But you can use either in either circumstance pretty easily. About $20 each.

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          Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-17-2023, 06:39 PM.
          Loring in Katy, TX USA
          If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
          BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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          • LCHIEN
            Internet Fact Checker
            • Dec 2002
            • 20847
            • Katy, TX, USA.
            • BT3000 vintage 1999

            #7
            LED worklight/task light. Extra long for the router table.

            I love these. I have one on my drill press, one on my bandsaw and one on my router table. Great when you get older and need a little eyesight help!

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            Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-17-2023, 06:39 PM.
            Loring in Katy, TX USA
            If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
            BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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            • LCHIEN
              Internet Fact Checker
              • Dec 2002
              • 20847
              • Katy, TX, USA.
              • BT3000 vintage 1999

              #8
              Small Japanese pull saw, just handy to have around to make quick cuts.

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              Loring in Katy, TX USA
              If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
              BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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              • leehljp
                Just me
                • Dec 2002
                • 8419
                • Tunica, MS
                • BT3000/3100

                #9
                I have a couple of the Ryoba pull saws (naturally ) the Veritas Saddle square, 3 or 4 center finding devices including the Taytools, and a set of Gimlets somewhere. I use all of them at one time or another throughout the year. I don't have the LED light but do have two Ryobi 18V lights (https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-ON...660B/316630704) I use them for lots of lighting situations.

                Excellent ideas. My most used measuring tool that initially was $20 about 20+ years ago: https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...liding-squares Now $52! I have two and use them in many situations.
                Hank Lee

                Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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                • LCHIEN
                  LCHIEN commented
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                  Yeah I was going to put the LV sliding square on the list but it's a bit over the price range I specified.
                  Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-20-2023, 11:06 PM.
              • crystalsweet
                Handtools only
                • Aug 2023
                • 1

                #10
                Originally posted by LCHIEN
                Christmas is coming soon. What are some around $20 gifts for the woodworker with a lot of stuff, but still likes gadgets and tools?

                My first suggestion is a set of Gimlets

                Ever have a picture frame to hang and two small screw eyes to install? Perfect!

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                They are useful for making pilot and starter holes when you just have one or two to make and don't want to have to get out a cordless drill and a drill bit and carry all that stuff. The auger tip pulls them in and the fluted bit clears the hole.
                I consider gifting a set of specialty drill bits. For example, brad point drill bits are excellent for precise drilling in wood, or self-centering drill bits are handy for accurate hole placement.

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                • dbhost
                  Slow and steady
                  • Apr 2008
                  • 9180
                  • League City, Texas
                  • Ryobi BT3100

                  #11
                  This is ultra cheap, and I never think to buy one for myself, but a spring loaded center punch. $3.99 @ Harbor Freight.

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                  For a couple dollars more you can get 5 12" bar clamps to assist with the wood clamp addiction.

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                  ​I need to replace mine now that the last 15 plus years have had their way with it, but a spreader / glue bottle. $12.00 I use the snot out of mine and eventually the plastic cracked but only after a good long time. I honestly wish the dispenser head just screwed onto a Titebond bottle...

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                  Card scraper / burnisher set. This is cheaper than the set I have, no idea if it is any good.l have the Fulton set which runs for $30.00

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                  • capncarl
                    Veteran Member
                    • Jan 2007
                    • 3557
                    • Leesburg Georgia USA
                    • SawStop CTS

                    #12
                    For the past few years HD and Lowes have had 2 packs of 10” saw blades for +- $20. Who doesn’t need a couple of new blades.

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                    • dbhost

                      dbhost
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                      What kind of saw blades could they be selling at 2 for $20.00?

                    • capncarl
                      capncarl commented
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                      I believe the were Avanti Pro, 60 tooth
                  • leehljp
                    Just me
                    • Dec 2002
                    • 8419
                    • Tunica, MS
                    • BT3000/3100

                    #13

                    AN item pictured below that I had never seen before until the Bit Height Adjustment thread came up. It sure looks interesting and is more than $20. It is in the lower $30 dollar range and looks very usable. I could use it for router height adjustment. See the second picture below with the 4 part picts, bottom left corner. It can even be used in the center section of the device on the flat side of the red part. I have to get me one of those!

                    It was described as a drill bit depth tool but has multiple uses beyond drill bit lengths.


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                    Hank Lee

                    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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                    • dbhost

                      dbhost
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                      Going on my wish list. Bit / blade height setup is always such a pain in the tail... This could really help.
                  • dbhost
                    Slow and steady
                    • Apr 2008
                    • 9180
                    • League City, Texas
                    • Ryobi BT3100

                    #14
                    Not woodworking per se, but VERY useful around the shop. Tire inflator with digital pressure gauge for topping off car tires, wheelbarrows, basketballs, whatever you need to have inflated to a specific pressure. $17.74 on Amazon right now.
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                    Milton blow gun with safety tip and rubber nozzles. VERY useful for blowing out bowl turnings and other compressed air dusting tasks. And a bargain at $8.99. Priced around the range of the Walmart cheapies and a MUCH better unit.
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                    Sanfu 25' reinforced Polyurethane air hose. I believe it was Loring that was complaining about his Hitachi hoses. Mine blew out so I tried the Sanfu as they were cheap. Haven't been able to kill it yet.
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                    At $22.44 a little over budget, but 6" blast gate if your system goes that size. Mine stops at 5". My 5" blast gates are PowerTec and they are fine...
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                    For $14.39 a 3" flip stop, sooo useful for making accurate repeated cuts. I LOVE my setup with the miter saw with this...
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                    WAY too many to list here under the $20.00 price point, but take your pick of any of the massive variety of squares...

                    Wen 6.1 inch digital caliper. Everything I have gotten from Wen so far has been spot on.
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                    • LCHIEN
                      Internet Fact Checker
                      • Dec 2002
                      • 20847
                      • Katy, TX, USA.
                      • BT3000 vintage 1999

                      #15
                      If your woodworker doesn't have one, a set of standard fractional brad point drill bits are wonderful tools.

                      A seven piece set costs between 15 and 20 bucks, and has 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 1/2"

                      and has instead of standard bevel points a sharp center point for perfectly locating the drill center and spurs for cutting clean hole sides. A good way to improve the accuracy of wood drilling projects.

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                      Loring in Katy, TX USA
                      If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
                      BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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