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Eric Genzlinger

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10-04-2013 08:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gift hand tools gadgets gizmos

My Father’s birthday is approaching quickly and again I find myself at a loss on what to get him. He always likes getting things for the workshop, but has seemingly everything, especially in my price range. What are some great woodworking gift ideas for under $20?

-- Emotions are like farts. There is a time and place to let it out. But don't keep it bottled up too long.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 10-04-2013 08:16 PM

depending on what sort of projects he likes doing – you might be able to find him a nice exotic piece of lumber.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 10-04-2013 08:29 PM

I say grab him something vintage. A plane, a spokeshave, a brace, etc. They can all be had for under 20 clams at flea markets, tage sales, and ebay. Or you could go with some shop paraphanalia such as a Stanley picture or poster.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 10-04-2013 08:49 PM

It’s always a good day for me when the family gets me a gift card from Rockler.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 10-04-2013 11:29 PM

Build something for his shop. I made a sign for my father in laws shop that said kens shop.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 11:43 PM

My kids got me a sign for my shop. Love it and it’s displayed prominently. I agree. Use your skills and make something. Doesn’t have to be for the shop, though.

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#6 posted 10-05-2013 01:36 AM

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mbs

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#7 posted 10-05-2013 05:20 AM

I second the sign idea.

Clamps are always welcome in my shop. here one he may not have. And here's another.

I like this assembling fixtures quickly.

I’ve used this rule for many years

New brad point drill bits are in your price range.

if you look through the “REVIEW” forum you will find some odd stuff that people like.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 10-05-2013 12:11 PM

WHAT? No socks and underwear this year???? Gosh, he’ll be so disappointed! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Eric Genzlinger

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#9 posted 10-05-2013 08:53 PM

I decided to make something for my Dad. My holdup was the fact that my tablesaw crapped out on me so I am very limited in what I am able to build. So, I’ve decided to build him an LED lamp that he can clamp into any t-track system and plug in. I am building it out of a dowel. I will post pictures when I am finished. While I am at it, I am building a similar light for a sister-in-law’s boyfriend who also has a birthday around the corner. It will be free standing and be USB powered. Photos coming too.

-- Emotions are like farts. There is a time and place to let it out. But don't keep it bottled up too long.

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Eric Genzlinger

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#10 posted 11-12-2013 04:36 AM

And here is the finished product. It was well-received. Thanks guys for the advice

-- Emotions are like farts. There is a time and place to let it out. But don't keep it bottled up too long.

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GFYS

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#11 posted 11-12-2013 06:10 AM

hearing protection.

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