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Posted on Help me INTELLIGENTLY spend gift cards to Rockler and some Christmas cash - Daddy needs new gear!

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 06:47 PM

Well, since you have a need for a vise and Rockler gift cards, I’d suggest one of these instead:

If you have a 20% off coupon, that’ll cost you around 80 bucks and it’s well worth it. I have a vise similar to the one you linked and lemme tell ya, it sucks not having quick release. This one is quick release and only 10 bucks more than the one you linked.

You can’t go wrong with the Narex chisels. I love mine and reach for them a lot.

Look at the stainless steel wheel marking gauge that Lee Valley offers. I picked that up recently and really like it. It has an oblong face that registers against the wood better than the round ones.

Look on ebay for a vintage Stanley #5 jack plane and a #7. If you put in the time to restore them (1-3 hours for both most likely), you can have a good user pair for under 100 bucks shipped.

Good luck!

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