Looking for the best tool gift ideas? Here’s a list of the “gotta have it” tools and products for the DIY furniture builder on your gift giving list!
Need the best tool gift ideas for the DIY furniture builder on your list? You’ve come to the right place!
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Originally published November 16, 2016 – updated November 18, 2017
One of my most favorite holidays is almost here… Thanksgiving! I love it. All of it. The parade on TV, turkey roasting in the oven, homemade stuffing, apple pie and… the sale papers! Sure, now you can look at all of the Black Friday sales online, but nothing beats spreading out all of the sale papers on the living room floor!
I usually DIY most of my gifts, so I’m not much of a Black Friday shopper, but I do enjoy flipping through the flyers and checking out the bargains. In preparation for those of you who are Black Friday shoppers, I’ve prepared my list of the best tool gift ideas. To make the gift guide easier for you to use I’ve divided it into five popular categories. The guide includes items I own or have used and know work well. I’ve noted those items by saying “LOVE IT!”
Best Tool Gift Ideas by Category:
- Safety Gifts
- Measuring and Marking Gifts
- Building and Assembly Gifts
- Wood Cutting Gifts
- Finishing Gifts
- Gifts for the DIYer who has EVERYTHING!
Best Tool Gift Ideas for DIY Furniture Builders
I don’t pick up a tool without first putting on a pair of safety glasses and you shouldn’t either. At bare minimum DIYers should have a pair like the 3M Safety Glasses.
Just like safety glasses, I don’t start a power tool without earmuffs. Not only will they save your hearing, these 3M earmuffs are comfy on the ears. LOVE IT!
Equally important as eye protection and hearing protection is protection from inhaling sawdust with a dust mask like this 3M Particulate Respirator.
From keeping wood chips and sawdust off your shirt, to keeping your most commonly used tools at hand, an apron is a great addition to your DIY furniture building. I use mine anytime I’m working in my shop. LOVE IT!
Measuring and Marking Gifts
If you’re going to make any project, you’ll definitely need a tape measure and this FatMax is not only accurate but fits well in your hand. LOVE IT!
Kreg Multi-Mark Tool
This tool is indispensable! I use it for nearly EVERY furniture project. The Kreg Multi-Mark is great for setting the depth of a saw blade, marking measurements and more. LOVE IT!
Here’s another item I use for EVERY project. With a Pencil Pull you’ll never lose your pencil again and it’s always right where you need it. LOVE IT!
Building and Assembly Gifts
From furniture to home decor projects, chances are you’ll need glue to assemble your project. But this isn’t just any wood glue. Have you ever glued a project, then stained it only to find you had some glue squeeze out and the stain won’t cover the glue? Well, this is Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue Max and the glue is STAINABLE when dry! Check out this post to see why Elmer’s Wood Glue Max is the only glue I use for my furniture projects. LOVE IT!
If you want to build furniture, then you NEED a Kreg Jig. With the Kreg Jig, furniture building is quick, easy and the finished product looks nothing less than professional. I use the Kreg Jig on nearly every furniture project I build. Want to learn more about the Kreg Jig? Then be sure to check out my quick start guide for how to set up and use a Kreg Jig, 9 pocket hole mistakes you don’t want to make and three ways to drill pocket holes on miter joints. LOVE IT!
The Kreg R3 makes pocket holes just like the Kreg K5. But it’s smaller size makes it perfect for smaller projects.
Pocket hole screws are specifically designed to work with pocket holes. Substituting any other screw will yield in an undesirable joint. Don’t skimp on your screws! If you’re buying a Kreg Jig as a gift, pocket screws are a must and this pocket screw assortment is the perfect place to start. LOVE IT!
Kreg Plug Cutter
Anyone who uses the Kreg Jig will be asking for this KREG Pocket Hole Plug Cutter this year! Just released, this tool cuts plugs to fill pocket holes. The best part is you can cut the plug from the species of wood you’re using for your project. You can also match the grain of the wood surrounding the pocket hole, so the pocket hole will virtually disappear. This tool makes the pocket hole even more perfect! Check out this post for plug cutter setup tips and tricks.
You’ll need a drill to use the Kreg Jig and nothing beats the convenience of a cordless drill. This DEWALT Drill features an easy to operate keyless chuck and it’s super durable. I can’t count the number of times I’ve dropped mine and it’s still going! LOVE IT!
Ask any DIYer and every one of them will tell you the same thing. You can NEVER have too many clamps and it’s a good idea to have a mix of clamps.
Do you know the science behind clamping? What’s the best position for clamps? How many clamps do you really need? Check out my 6 Tips to Clamp Your DIY Project Like a Pro and find out. Need a place to store your clamps? Check out these DIY clamp storage options.
These Bessey Bar Clamps are easy to use and will last a lifetime. I have a few in every size. LOVE IT!
These Quick-Grip Spring Clamps are great for clamping small parts during assembly. LOVE IT!
C-clamps are great for general clamping and holding jigs in place.
Countersink Drill Bits
There’s no comparison between just drilling a screw into wood and pre-drilling with a countersink drill bit. Just screwing into wood crushes the wood fibers and yields an amateur look. Using a countersink bit creates a “seat” for the screw head and yields a clean, professional look.
I haven’t a clue how people build without a brad nailer. Have you ever tried to keep two pieces of wood in position while you tap, tap, tap the nail with a hammer only to discover the pieces of wood moved? It’s maddening! With one quick “pop” a brad nailer drives the nail right where you want it. I’ve only used a pneumatic brad nailer, but this cordless version seems like a great option. Unlike its pneumatic counterpart, it doesn’t require an air compressor and an air hose, which saves money, storage space and you don’t have to drag a hose around.
Right Angle Attachment
Need to get into a tight space? This right angle attachment will get you there! The right angle attachment is my secret weapon for hard-to-reach pocket holes. You can read more about why I have a right angle attachment in my tool arsenal here. LOVE IT!
Wood Cutting Gifts
Miter Box and Saw
If you’re new to DIY or don’t have a lot of room to store tools, a miter box and saw is a great wood cutting option.
A power miter saw is a great upgrade to a miter box. The Hitachi Miter Saw is a great option for a DIYer just starting out, a second miter saw or a saw to take with you to a buddy’s house to help with a DIY project. Be sure to check out my Hitachi miter saw review and setup tips. LOVE IT!
A great upgrade to a single bevel miter saw is a double bevel compound miter saw. This DEWALT 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw has all the bells and whistles.
Cordless Circular Saw
A circular saw is a handy tool for projects that are difficult to cut on a table saw. Projects like cutting plywood, etc. Pair a cordless circular saw with a circular saw crosscut jig and you’ll be making perfectly straight cuts in no time! LOVE IT!
A table saw is a great addition to the workshop and gives a lot more flexibility when working with different sizes of wood. If you only work with common 1x material, it’s great to be able to rip the lumber to different widths. For instance, you can rip a 1×4 from 3-1/2” to 2-3/4”. Or cut a piece of plywood. A Skilsaw was my first table saw. I had mine for more than ten years and made many projects with it.
The table saw is one of the most dangerous tools in the workshop. The GRR-RIPPER pushblock helps you work more safely by keeping your hand away from the blade.
A router takes a common piece of wood to a professional look by adding a decorative edge. A router can also cut dadoes, or slots in wood, plus many more options.
You’ll need some router bits to go with that new router and this router bit assortment is a great option.
A great upgrade for a router is a router table. The base plate of this Bench Dog table fits many style routers without the need for drilling mounting holes.
Random Orbit Sander
I hesitate to use the term “hate”, but I hate sanding! A random orbit sander makes a dreaded job a little easier. In my opinion, a random orbit sander is a better option than a square 1/4-sheet sander. 1/4-sheet sanders only orbit in one direction which creates figure “8s” on the wood. Random orbit sanders orbit in many directions and in my opinion produce a better-sanded finish. For some great sanding secrets check out my How to Sand Your DIY Project for a Flawless Finish. LOVE IT!
Random Orbit Sander Sandpaper
You’ll need some sandpaper to go with that Random Orbit Sander and this sandpaper assortment in 60, 80, 120, 150 and 220 grits is a great place to start.
We have all done this. We place a workpiece we need to sand on our workbench, start the electric sander, place the sander on the wood and start chasing the wood around our workbench! There has to be a better way and there is. When I sand the parts for my projects I do it on a non-slip pad. The rubber grips to the parts and minimizes the “chase game” around the workbench. Sure, the parts still move a bit, but nothing like they do without the pad. Plus you can also use it with your router and sanding block too. LOVE IT!
The first secret ingredient for my chippy paint finish is chalk paint. Chalk paint sticks to nearly every surface and for most surfaces you don’t even have to apply a primer. How amazing is that?! LOVE IT!
I love painting, but my carpal tunnel wrist doesn’t. The weight of this stubby handle paint brush is less than it’s long-handled counterpart. The lower weight saves my wrist, so I can keep painting.
This year I added a HomeRight Super Finish Max to my tool arsenal. I’ve used it to spray my outdoor coffee table, the cedar clapboard siding of my house, a pair of Adirondack chairs and updated the look of my air conditioner dresser with a coat of paint. And recently I used it to spray polyurethane. This thing is AMAZING! Please check out my 9 paint sprayer mistakes you don’t want to make and download your FREE paint mixing cheat sheet while you’re there! LOVE IT!
A great upgrade for a paint sprayer is a paint booth or spray shelter. A spray shelter controls overspray and provides a safe place for furniture projects to hang out while the finish dries. It’s great for DIYer’s who don’t have a workshop, garage, shed to spray. Sure, you can spray outside, but leaves, debris, etc. can blow onto your project and will totally ruin your finish. This is especially true if you’re spraying a finish like polyurethane. Using a spray shelter also protects surrounding objects from overspray. The spray shelter goes together quickly. If you’ve ever gone camping in a dome tent, you’ll be familiar with the construction. It’s basically two poles that attach to the shelter with clips. LOVE IT!
Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain is my favorite stain for my furniture projects. I love the one coat coverage, quick dry time and rich color. My favorite colors are Kona, Dark Walnut and Early American. Looking for an easy top coat for your projects? Check out my DIY finish I use on nearly every project. LOVE IT!
I like to have a supply of these gloves on hand to keep wood stain off my hands or anytime I’m working on a messy project. LOVE IT!
Gifts for the DIYer who has EVERYTHING!
Get your tools within two days with Amazon Prime. How cool is that?! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ordered a tool, Kreg screws or stain on a Wednesday, so I’ll have the package in time to finish a project on the weekend. LOVE IT!
Amazon Gift Card
Still don’t know what to get the DIYer on your list? How about an Amazon gift card. Then they can choose exactly what they want. LOVE IT!
Thank you for stopping by to check out my list of best tool gift ideas for DIY furniture builders. If you found this gift guide helpful would you please pin it to Pinterest? I’d really appreciate it! Thank you – Scott