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Gifts For Men: Tools For Woodworking From Rockler

A Guide To Rockler Woodworking And Hardware Tools

by Damien Andrews

Woodworking is more than just a hobby, it's a passion. One that it seems more and more people are getting into. The availability of tools that simplify certain difficult woodworking tasks is largely responsible for the growing popularity of woodworking. The newer woodworking tools have also allowed those who already have some woodworking skills to rapidly ascend to the next levels, and thus tackle more complex and rewarding woodworking projects.

Tools used for woodworking make wonderful gifts for men who enjoy woodworking. If one or more of the men on your holiday gift list (or any special occasion gift list, for that matter) enjoy woodworking, but you've avoided giving them some tools for their passion because you weren't familiar with them, consider any of my suggestions from Rockler Woodworking And Hardware. Any of the following, high quality tools would make welcome additions in any woodworking shop.

The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge. This handy tool quickly attaches to a saw blade with magnets and gives the precise readout of the angle to within 0.1°. Great for use on miter saws, table saws, jointer fences and band saw tables. A fine precision instrument for the woodworking shop. MSRP $39.99.

Pack Rack™ Clamp & Tool Storage System. This is not a woodworking tool, rather it is a place to store tools used in woodworking. It makes more space in the shop – something that's always welcome! This sturdy woodworking tool holder is also on wheels, so it can easily be moved near any current woodworking project. MSRP $149.99.

Starrett Protractor Angle Finder. Perfect miter cuts are critical in many woodworking projects. This precision tool helps ensure perfect miter cuts on every woodworking endeavor. Use this with the Wixey Digital Angle Gauge for consistently perfect joints and miters. MSRP $67.99.

Porter Cable 3-1/4 HP Five-Speed Router, Model #7518. The router gets lots of use in any woodworking shop. It can complete an endless list of projects quickly and flawlessly. This top of the line offering has 5 speeds and will easily handle even the most demanding woodworking tasks. MSRP $349.99.

Router Table Package #2, Plus Bench Dog Steel Stand. This tool is for those who are advanced in woodworking. It is used with a router. This great tool allows for the creation of some magnificent woodworking projects without the errors that usually occur during freehand router operation. I picked the package that has both the table and the stand included. MSRP $499.99.

Irwin Marples Blue Chip 6-Pc. Chisel Set. The chisel is a very basic tool used in woodworking. As with all tools, there are good chisels and not so good chisels. This set of Irwin Marples chisels is excellent, and the results show in the final project. These chisels have extra long handles that reduce fatigue and increase leverage. These tools will give great service in the woodworking shop for generations to come. MSRP $69.99.

JET - JWP-16OS: 16'' 3HP OS Planer. For those who are advanced, or aspire to be advanced, in woodworking, this is the ultimate tool addition to the shop. Essentially, this woodworking tool allows the user to make perfectly flat surfaces on any piece of lumber that will fit into the planer. This planer is a 16" model, which is large enough for almost any woodworking project. MSRP $1,349.99.

JET - JWL-1442VSK: 14'' x 42'' VS PRO Wood Lathe w/ legs. When those advanced in woodworking have acquired all of the tools they need, they start looking at wood lathes. The wood lathe is a woodworking tool that allows for endless creativity. Install a length of wood, turn on the lathe and shape the wood using special lathe tools. Great for chair legs, table legs, pedestals, banisters and too much more to mention. This is one of the really fun woodworking tools to use! The unit listed is complete, including motor and stand, and it operates on 115 volts instead of 240 volts. MSRP $1,199.99.

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