June 4, 2007

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Tool Snob - Part 1 ($1-$20)

It's time, once again, to quantify your father's love into a dollar amount. So we're kicking off a multi-part series offering some ideas that we think your dad might like if he's the handy sort (and even if he isn't but wants to be). Our first installment deals with tools in the $1 to $20 range.

The Husky Stubby Set
- We reviewed this last week and think it would be a great addition to anyone's workbench, glove box, or kitchen junk drawer. It's a nice set of tools at a really great value. $15 at Home Depot

fat_max_sm.jpgStanley Fat Max 25' Tape Measure - A good tape measure is essential and this is one of the best. It's got an 11' tape standout, which makes it perfect for working alone. We abuse ours every singe day and as soon as it dies, we're going to get another one just like it. $19.90 at Amazon.com

dewalt_bit_sm.jpgDeWalt Tough Case Screwdriving Set - If Dad has a screw gun, he's going to want this 21 piece set. Great durable case. $9.95 at Amazon.com

Setting Up Shop by Sandor Nagyszalanczy - Does Poppa have dreams of turning the garage into a workshop, or maybe the basement? If he does, then this book will be invaluable to him. It completely changed the way we think about our own workspace. Our review of it is here. $14.93 at Amazon.com

bucket_boss_sm.jpgBucket Boss 56 Pocket Bucket Tool Organizer - Great idea if you're sick of dad's tools being all over the living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc. If he works on the house a lot, it's an easy way for him to carry all his tools around. $17.95 at Amazon.com

Bench Dog Offset Push Stick
- Does your dad own a table saw? Do you like that he has 10 fingers? If you answered yes to these two questions... $17.99 at Amazon.com

Bondhus Hex L-Wrench Double Pack - It's likely that pops has lost a few hex wrenches in his day, most likely the ones that get used the most. We like this double pack because it's got all the standard sizes (both SAE and metric) and it's a good deal. $12.98 at Amazon.com

Husky 5-Piece Mini Precision Pliers Set - We've got this set and can't get enough of it. It consists of five little pliers that can fit anywhere. Because they're Husky, you know they're quality. Ours came with this great zippered carrying case. $9.99 at Home Depot

wiring_sm.jpgComplete Home Wiring - Another book that we reviewed earlier in the year. It's a good reference to have around if you want your wiring done right and you want dad to stay not electrocuted. (UPDATE: As it turns out, this last statement isn't true. This book has been recalled. Details here.) $14.96 at Amazon.com

Stack-On Professional Toolbox - He can always use another toolbox. $19.99 at Amazon.com

Read part two ($20-$50), part three ($50-$100), and part four ($100-$150), and part five ($150+)

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 4, 2007 5:00 AM
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