Last updated on September 5, 2021
Why it’s time to give a special gift to a woodworker?
Really, there’s no distinct reason behind wanting to give gifts to anybody. Whether they be a woodworker or a major, giving gifts is a way to express admiration and/or gratitude. Though woodworkers tend to be the ones making the gifts, to be on the receiving end of one is surely a breath of fresh air.
In this guide, we’ll not only list the top 10 gifts for woodworkers but more than that. So why is it time to come up with a gift idea?
What gift to give a woodworker?
For his workshop
These are gifts that would add more variety and flexibility to a woodworker’s arsenal.
Japanese hand saw
The Japanese saw, pull saws, or Nokogiri is a special carpentry tool that’s designed to cut on the pull stroke as opposed to European saws that cut on the push stroke. They’re inexpensive and last considerably longer than most non-premium western beginner saws.
Pull saws are usually purchased in sets of 4 which contain a Dozuki(dovetail), a Ryoba (saw with 2 sets of teeth), a Kataba(a ‘backless’ dozuki), and flush-cut saws.
Brands: Gyokucho, Tajima, Suizan
New woodworking chisel set
A woodworker isn’t truly a woodworker without woodworking chisels. A woodworking chisel set allows woodworkers to carve and sculpt wood the finest of shapes and details.
A woodworking chisel set, especially a new one, to a woodworker is like a new 48pc Faber Castell colored pencil set to a kid. These are often a combination of the various bench, mortise, and paring chisels, making them extremely versatile.
Brands: Two Cherries, Narex, Von Haus
Woodworking clamps are a must for a woodworker. They help secure and stabilize workpieces of various shapes and sizes. There are bar clamps, pipe clamps, ratchet clamps, and many others.
While they function nearly identical to metalworking clamps, woodworking ones are designed to handle softer materials and often have padded, non-damage jaws.
Brands: Irwin, Bessey
Portable thickness planer
A thickness planer is a great tool to have for processing and correcting dimensional errors in lumber.
Serious woodworkers would surely invest in one thickness planer sooner than later, meaning that gifting one is bound to put a huge smile on their face. While any planer will always be expensive, a portable planer will cost tons less than standard ones.
Usually, a 12-13” unit, means carpenters can create consistent 1/2” boards on the go with a constant flow.
Brands: DeWalt, Makita, Ridgid, and Triton
Compared to thickness planers, a hand planer functions in very much the same way but takes off a more controlled amount of material.
Hand planers are used to “shave” off any excess material to either flatten or smoothen a wooden surface. It’s more of a detail-working tool, so detail-oriented woodworkers will really get a kick out of these wooden cheese-graters.
Keep in mind that there is a bench (flat), joinery, and molding planes.
Brands: Yogeon, Stanley
Biscuit joiners or plate joiners are highly innovative joinery tools that complete any woodworker’s toolkit.
It’s fast, convenient, and has revolutionized the landscape of the practice of wood joinery. They make great gifts and throwing in a bag or two of some delicious trader joe’s cookies definitely seals the deal.
Brands: Makita, DeWalt, Lamello
Portable edging mill
Sometimes referred to as ‘mini mills’, these are literally smaller Alaskan mills that mostly hold chainsaws of bar lengths 16-36” vertically to edge and plunge-cut lumber.
An edging mill is surprisingly effective and flexible despite its seemingly tiny appearance and frame. These make amazing gifts because of their easy setup and use.
Make precise length and width cuts on timber straight from the forest to turn into furniture!
Brands: Granberg, Carymra, Haddon Lumbermaker
Pencil marking set
Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many types of marking pencils, not just the common lead-based ones.
Not all wood shares the same kind of surface and, as such, various types of marking pencils will have varying levels of visibility which can make or break a project.
There are specific carpenter pencils that work great on wood and some are even mechanical, just like those used by crafters and artists!
Brands: Dixon, Swanson, Pica
For organized work
Productivity is boosted by neatness. Maintain efficiency and cleanliness with these gifts.
Aprons aren’t limited to just the kitchen. Woodworkers can look fashionable and remain highly productive with the help of woodworking aprons.
These pieces of functional apparel are often made of quality waxed canvas and help woodworkers keep their wits about their tools while staying mobile, thanks to their numerous pockets and compartments.
These aprons aren’t very constricted by size and you can actually get premium-quality ones for under $40!
Brands: Texas Canvas Wares
Rolling tool bag
Back in the 5th grade, trolley-style bags were all the rage. Similar to those bags, rolling tool bags make for awesome gifts because they technically transform into mobile workshops!
Rolling tool bags come in various shapes and sizes, but all focus on storing and securing tools while on the go.
There are some canvas-type models that look like duffel bags on wheels, while there are more rigid variants called rolling tool boxes that may be bulkier, but offer better protection and more space.
Brands: Milwaukee, Klein, DeWalt
Very useful go-to gifts for woodworkers that you can get for well under $20 are magnetic wristbands.
These handy garments not only provide wrist support and help steady one’s grip but are also outfitted with strong magnets that can literally hold several hand tools at once.
They’re lightweight and breathable, often made from 100% nylon fabric with adjustable velcro straps.
Brands: RAK, Spartan
For safe working
Safety is always a priority. Work safely and well with these gifts.
Dust mask with replaceable filters
Especially in a shop, dust can form and accumulate fast and, unbeknownst to the non-carpenter, sawdust can be quite harmful if inhaled in relatively large amounts.
Functioning similarly to gas masks, dust masks are specialized in that they efficiently prevent users from accidentally inhaling dust and other small debris.
They’re light and are often washable due to the fact that they’re made from a mixture of rubber, fabric, and various plastics.
Brands: 3M, GVS
Woodworking can bring serious stress to the hands. Long-time woodworkers have numerous calluses that attest to their skill and experience.
Working with a number of tools that really kick, as well as rough and splintery materials, it makes sense why anti-vibration gloves make for really great gifts.
They’re padded and are designed to reduce vibration, thus limiting damage to the hands and improving control. Ergonomic and highly functional – now that’s a duo anyone would like.
Brands: Vibrastop, Endura
Quality safety glasses
Safety glasses are always included in any work that involves debris flying all over the place.
Especially for woodworking, where dust and other small particles can potentially get into the eyes, a pair of quality safety glasses can make all the difference between being blind and being dust-proof. They’re effective, comfortable, and some are even downright fashionable!
Made often in either latex, polycarbonate, or even metal frames, along with the inclusion of non-slip grips, UV protection, and various lens coatings.
Brand: NoCry, DeWalt
Thumb and finger guard
These are essential ‘sleeves’ for your fingers that shine most when carving or whittling.
Usually, with elastic straps, these padded and non-slip accessories help improve grip and control, while also minimizing the likelihood of getting cuts and scrapes.
They’re like socks for your fingers and some even come in leather.
Brands: RingSun, Highland, Rockler
Dust collection system
Unless their specific tools already have built-in dust collection systems, a standalone dust collector is a woodworker’s dream. With these dust air-vacuums, a woodworker can keep their work area dust-free.
Most modern dust collectors are very portable and are easy to install. The main things with these systems are the airflow and motor capacity, not necessarily a ‘bigger is better’ principle, but good specs on both will mean way less discomfort.
Brands: Powertec, Jet
For the ears
Nothing beats doing work to the tune of your favorite beat/s. Work and groove with this cool gift for woodworkers.
Jobsite radios are rather robust and versatile pieces of equipment. They’re compact and sturdy, easy enough to bring along yet tough radios enough to handle the stress and dirt of busy job sites.
Modern radios are Bluetooth compatible, meaning that people can simply connect and blast music from their smartphones. The best ones even have built-in charging ports, doubling as portable charging docks.
Brands: DeWalt, Milwaukee
Practical gifts for $15
There are thoughtful gifts under $20 or 15$ that can really make any woodworker’s day and help them out with smoother projects. Such gifts are mechanical pencils for better and easier marking, or perhaps a pair or two of some small clamps. On their own, Japanese saws are actually more affordable and reliable than most European and western saws.
A magnetic wristband can get right up there too, along with giving even just a single piece of wood to work with and shape into something with the right tools.
There are a lot of gifts you can give to a woodworker. It’s actually simpler than you might think. Anything that helps them out with their hobby or profession is the best gift for woodworkers, whether it enhances performance or provides a little added safety.
Tools, accessories, apparel, these can all very much add to any woodworker’s toolkit, thus further enhancing their scope and capabilities. The holidays are just around the corner and, while it’s still rather early, it’ll pay off to at least have an idea on where you could start looking.
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