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

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  • Slik Geek
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    When a standard center punch won't stay put while actuating, I find this spring punch very handy. I also like the cup end for driving brads in that didn't get set deeply enough.

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  • LCHIEN
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    5 Weeks until Christmas, bumping this up!

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  • capncarl
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    Maybe these blankets are fairly light weight. In our welding shop at work there were always blue welding blankets used to cover things that shouldn’t have welding slag and sparks on them ( get hot slag on an epoxy or acrylic floor and you have a nasty mess). When these blankets got enough burn holes and tears we would cut them up into beach towel size to use for snuffing out small fires as described with your fire blanket. I learned the hard way that you don’t just throw the blanket over the burning pot of grease, you gently drape it over the burning pot. This way the burning grease is not blown out of the pot and on everything on the stove. The lighter weight blanket will be nice. After it gets used and is nasty if it is cheap enough you just throw it away and replace it. …..It will not work on an electrical fire.

  • LCHIEN
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    Get one for your woodworker's shop. Get one for each of your children with their own place and one for each of your siblings and elder parents if you have some (my mom set her independent living apartment on fire) And get one for yourself!

  • twistsol
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    40. years too late for me. When I was in college I had a 3 bedroom fixer upper and my roommate started a pan on fire. She grabbed the pan, realized it was too hot to hold and set it on the linoleum floor and then dumped a bucket of water on it. The second fire she grabbed a hotpad, took the pan out and threw it into the yard, spreading flaming grease across the cedar deck and burning it off the house. I gave her a fire extinguisher as a wedding present.

  • LCHIEN
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    Not just for woodworkers.
    I am thinking of buying all my siblings and my offspring
    Fire extinguisher and fire blankets for their homes for safety sake.

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...M7NCIZQOA&th=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

    these are four-packs so everyone can get one.

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  • LCHIEN
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    Rockler made the original Fence Clamps but there are lots of copies now

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    They are great for clamping things where you can't have stuff protruding from both sides.
    Great for holding things to fences where you can't have anything protruding from the work side. Also for holding tools and jigs to the workbench where you don't want the clamp sticking up.
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  • d_meister
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    Originally posted by leehljp
    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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    Out of stock at Amazon, but available on eBay:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/35503159646...Bk9SR6LGvvjRYg

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  • LCHIEN
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    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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  • capncarl
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    I believe the were Avanti Pro, 60 tooth

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

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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.

  • leehljp
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    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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  • capncarl
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    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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