November 14, 2008

2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Tool Snob

Here's our gift guide for this year. This time we categorized it by price, so once you rank your loved ones you'll easily know what to get them. As an added bonus, last year's list is still relevant and it's here.

Over $500
kapex2.jpgFestool Kapex - If you've got buckets of money to burn, why not get your loved one the most talked about, most ridiculously expensive compound miter saw in existence? Could you pick up a nice DeWalt for 1/3rd of the price? Sure, but isn't it worth something to say, "I bought dad a $1300 saw. He'll love you forever.
At Beaver Tools

$250-$500
cadex_pinner2.jpgCadex CPB23.50 23 Gauge Pin Nailer - This might be the nicest tool that we've ever touched. Holding it in the hands, you get an overwhelming sense of quality. We can't say enough about it really. It's expensive, but we think it's worth every penny. Our review is here.
$290 at Amazon.com

$100-$250
paslode_finish2.jpgPaslode Angled Finish Nailer- This is a great finish nailer; it's small, lightweight, and backed by the great Paslode name. Our review is here.
$175 at Amazon.com

hackzall2.jpgMilwaukee Hackzall - This is an amazing little tool that is as versatile as it is compact. Ours has been practically glued to our hand since we first picked it up. Good for pruning branches, cutting rigid insulation, trimming plywood, and a whole lot more. Our review is here.
$182 at Amazon.com

rockwell2.jpgRockwell SoniCrafter - The best of the second generation oscillating tools. Powerful enough for a job site but inexpensive enough to be accessible to DIYers. By far our favorite of the new oscillating tools on the market. Our review is here.
$120 20-Piece Kit at Amazon.com
$140 37-Piece Kit at Amazon.com
$180 72-Piece Kit at Amazon.com

$25-$100
jacpac2.jpgJacPac - Any around the house handyman would love the JacPac. It's a portable pneumatic power source, perfect for all those little tasks where setting up a compressor is a complete hassle. Our review is here.
$80 at Amazon.com

powercutter2.jpgSkil Power Cutter- This nifty little item is just as at home in the kitchen drawer as it is on the job site. The auto-sharpened blade can cut cardboard, Tyvek, carpet, fabric, wall paper, and, as you can see in our review, Pottery Barn catalogs. Our review is here
$53 at Amazon.com

Under $25
cabinetmakers2.jpgA Cabinet Maker's Notebook, By James Krenov - This book is less of a how-to and more of a philisophical meditation on woodworking and cabinet making. Krenov is one of the world's best and his little book is a must have for any aspiring woodworker.
$15 at Amazon.com

zip2.jpgZip Sander - This little hand sander is a great stocking stuffer for the woodworker in your life. We use ours all the time and as each day passes, we like the thing more and more. Not bad for something that's cheaper than a mixed drink. Our review is here.
$6.50 at Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 14, 2008 5:08 AM

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