November 28, 2010

Mega-Mondo-Uber Reader-Generated 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Tool Snob


Well, we did our gift guide now you guys have done yours. Last week we opened the discussion to get your take on what tools you're all hoping to get this year. You guys responded and after looking through your comments, we've assembled this list. It doesn't have all of the items that you all suggested, but it has a lot of them. At first, we were going to rewrite everything into an ordered fashion, but we scrapped that idea once we realized how long it would take. Since we want to get this done for the big Cyber-Monday shopping bonanza, we've decided to simply use your own words.

We've also decided to separate out these first five items because they were mentioned over and over and over...

1. Milwaukee M12 Radio
2. Bosch Axial Glide Miter Saw
3. Milwaukee M12 Jacket
4. Senco Fusion
5. Rockwell Jawhorse

...and so the rest of this list is....

...On the top of my list is definitely a new 18ga finish nailer. I'm thinking either the Bostitch or Ridgid, as they seem like good tools and are available at most local HDs...

Oneida Dust Collection System would just generally make my workshop a more comfortable place to work - not to mention healthier and cleaner.

Porter Cable Quik Jig
Nice new take on pocket hole jigs. I'm going to be finishing a kitchen with butcher block countertops that I need to join on end and I think this would work really well for that.

Hitachi NV45AB2 7/8-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch Roofing Nailer
Going to be roofing a barn next summer. A roofing gun would be great!

Makita AN611 1-1/4-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch Coil Siding Nailer
Also going to be siding said barn.

Makita LXT407 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit
Sometimes my old 14.4v Makita Drill/driver and Impact Driver just don't cut it... er... drill it or drive it.

Fluke 1AC-A1-II Volt-Alert AC Non-Contact Voltage Tester
A known and trusted name in testing and this one has a distinct advantage, regular AAA batteries!

Klein JSDS02 7-Piece Journeyman Screwdriver Set
The tips on my old craftsman set have finally died. Screwdrivers are an oft over-looked item and a well made set can make the difference between cramped hands, stripped screws and ergonomic comfort and easy driving.

Milwaukee Fastback Knife. Looks like it might be a lot friendlier to use than my current knife.

1. I'd like to get a nice aluminum track straight edge I can use for a saw guide.
2.Some more Plano 3700 organization boxes for storage.
3.World peace.
4. A subscription to "Shop Notes".
5. A router with 1/2" chuck.

...The strait Flush Saw and since I had to put in a new kitchen floor this past week I realize the need for a toekick saw and wail I'm listing all the saws I want throw in a jam saw...

...I'm really interested in both the Milwaukee M12 Inspection Camera and the Milwaukee M12 Sub-Scanner this Christmas. I live in a ~100 year old home and frequently work in a few nearby. These things would come in very, very handy for all the nooks-n-crannies and settings where homes have been remodeled 10+ times with no documentation or easy access to where stuff is at...

...I'm just getting started in woodworking so my full list is quite big. I would love to have the Bosch Colt router as a small router to go alongside my 1617EVSPK I just got...

1. M12 Palm Nailer
2. M12 Hackzall
3. And a new 18v hammer drill/drill. My Bosch Brute is about done.

Bucket Boss type thing
Self centering drill bits
Oscillating spindle sander
Wool socks to keep my feet warm
A Stormy Kromer to keep my head warm

Sawstop 1.75hp Professional Saw - I'm a woodworker limited to a 120v shop, and I'd really like to upgrade from my 10 year old Delta Contractors saw, and this is by far the best upgrade. I like my digits.

Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane
- been on the list for quite some time....

Milwuakee Compact 12v Drill/Driver and Impact Driver combo... for when my herd of Bosch 12v critters just don't have the ooompah.

Stanley makes a panel carrier that's inexpensive and looks quite handy, just hard to find.

...Milwaukee's M12 2426-20 Multi-Tool (bare tool for me - since I've already bought into the line) is on my list - along with a Makita BPB180Z (bare tool) cordless bandsaw... wife let me buy a new milwaukee m18 driver and impact set for my b-day. now lets see if she lets me get the matching circular saw...

...On the top of my Christmas wish list for tools is a Festool T15+3 drill. As a DIY guy, I have helped family members build houses; built 500+ linear feet of 6 ft. board-on-board fence; And with the help of my father, finished a basement. In the process, I have "smoked" three cordless drills. My fourth, an 18v (brand omitted) is now starting to emit electrical smells when driving even small stuff. I suspect failure is near. In addition, at 18v, I am sure it will not be pretty...

...I've got a set of wera screwdrivers, some drawer liner, a Streamlight MicroStream Flashlight and a pair of digital calipers on my list...

...I would like a festool tracksaw and a dewalt 12 volt lion impact driver for Christmas...

...I'd be happy with one of those rolling storage cases that Stanley or B&D makes....

...I'm getting into M12 this year, starting with the new oscillating tool and an impact driver, then maybe their version of a Seesnake so I can see what's going on in my 80+ year old ceilings. I'm anticipating dozens of teeny tiny mouse skeletons...

craftsman screwdrivers
B&D Workmate
gloves, glasses, earplugs, utility knives, Stanley Powerlock tape measures can never have enough of them.

...Jet parallel clamps. It would be fun to do a glue-up just once that I wasn't frantically trying to get everything square while my mind ticks down through the glue's open time...

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 28, 2010 5:35 AM
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