Looking for gift ideas for the diy-er and maker in your life? We rounded up our favorite products from Brent’s past wish lists and are sharing our recommendations on our go to tools to make making easier.
Just last night we were laughing about when we first moved into our home and started building projects like the reading nook and coffee bar, we did so with very little tools. We worked with the basics which made large scale projects challenging. As we know from experience, it takes time for the hobbyist woodworker or DIY-er to build up their shop with the correct tools to efficiently tackle home renovation and furniture building projects.
Each Christmas Brent would ask for one or two new tools for the shop and slowly over the years we have built up a nice collection. It is amazing what having the right tools for the job can do! We thought we would share a round-up of what tools we are using in our shop to work on our DIY home renovation projects.
The products we are sharing below all were on Brent’s wish list and we now use frequently for projects. We included different price points so if you are gift shopping for the DIY-er, woodworker, or maker in your life, you can find something that will be a great addition to their shop and fit your budget.
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Gift Ideas For the DIY-er and Maker
Gifts $25 & Under
Heavy Duty Utility Blades
Blades can come in handy for a variety of projects and are always an item we forget to buy. Help stock a DIY-er’s stash with this inexpensive gift that they will be grateful to have when the time comes for a new blade.
We Use: Stanley 50-Pack Heavy Duty Utility Blades
Great for Projects Like: Custom Shaped Doormat
Spring Clamp Set
When it comes to furniture making and woodworking projects, our philosophy is you can never have too many clamps. Small clamps come in handy when you need several at one time.
We Use: 16-Piece Spring Clamp Set
Great for Projects Like: Plywood Shelves
CENTERPOINT TAPE MEASURE
This is a handy tape measure that takes the guesswork out of finding the center when working with large pieces of wood and makes calculating measurements a breeze.
We Use: US Tape CenterPoint ProTape Tape Measure
Paint Brush & Roller Covers
Know a DIY-er who does a lot of painting projects? Brush and roller covers keep them from drying out if you need to stop and take a break. They have kept us from wasting rollers/ruining paint brushes and saved us time from having to wash our brush out every time we need to stop painting. We find these helpful because we tend to get distracted easily in the shop.
We Use: Paint Brush Covers and Roller Covers
Great for Projects Like: Any Painting Project
Extension Cord Winder
Shops can be dangerous if they are not kept up properly. We like using an extension cord reel because it helps tidy up the shop and removes a tripping hazard by allowing you to store long extension cords off the ground.
We Use: Hand Crank Extension Cord Winder
Gifts $50 & Under
This might not be an actual tool but we find it helpful in our shop. If there was ever a time and place we need to utilize hands free technology, while we are in the middle of a project in the garage where our hands are probably covered in glue, paint or stain is it. It never fails that in the middle of staining we need an answer to a heated husband-wife debate like, “how many Home Alone movies have been made?”.
Digital Angle Gauge
Woodworking requires a certain level of precision and having the right tools make it much easier. The angle finder is a helpful tool for a woodworker who spends a lot of time with their table saw. By sticking it to the side of the table saw blade, it aids in getting the perfect angle.
We Use: Wixey WR300 Digital Angle Gauge
Know a DIY-er who is stepping up their home renovation game? Give them an upgraded stud finder! We like the Precision Sensor ProFinder because it can detect metal and wood and you can measure, mark, and level with it too!
Precision Sensor ProFinder 6000+ Professional Stud Finder
Lumber Storage Rack
Give the gift of organization! A lumber storage rack is a great addition to any garage or shop to keep that scrap pile of wood secure and organized.
Six-Level Wall Mount Wood Organizer Rack
Gifts $100 & Under
Jig Saw Kit
A jigsaw is a versatile tool that allows for quick, precise, straight, and curved cuts through many types of materials. Lots of our DIY projects were made easier by using a jigsaw so it is a helpful tool to have in our shop.
We Use: DEWALT DW317K 5.5 Amp Top Handle Jig Saw Kit
Great for Projects Like: Cutting Wood Letters
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig System with Screw Kit and Face Clamp
A Kreg Pocket Hole Jig is a must have in the shop. Pocket holes have become our go to quick joint method. By using this tool you can drill a hole at an angle in one board and connect it to another board with a self-tapping screw. We use our Kreg jig on a lot of our DIY projects and recommend this for any DIY’er or maker to have in their collection.
We Use: Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System with Screw Kit and Face Clamp
Great for Projects Like: Industrial Shelves, Two Level Desk
Bluetooth Earplug Headphones
We love listening to music while we work in our garage but between the power tools and needing to wear hearing protection, it often gets drowned out. Brent likes bluetooth ear plugs because they protect his ears while listening to music. Win, Win
ISOtunes PRO Bluetooth Earplug Headphones
The Dust Deputy
We continually had issues with our shop vacuum filter clogging. The Dust Deputy is a huge time saver because by separating the chips and the dust it prevents most particles from reaching the filter meaning less time wrestling and messing with cleaning the shop vacuum and more time working on projects.
The Dust Deputy
Joint Genie Professional
The Joint Genie might be Brent’s favorite way to join wood together. He gets excited every time we use this tool for a project. The jig aids in drilling precise holes to accept a dowel rod across two boards for a strong joint. The only additional tools need are a clamp and a drill. The best part, no dealing with waiting for glue to dry!
We Use: Joint Genie Professional 3/8″ Dowelling Tool
Great for Projects Like: DIY Record Stand
The plate joiner will take anyone’s woodworking game to the next level. The biscuit joint provides a great for solution for joining boards together without leaving holes in the surface and an alternative method to joining wood with screws.
We Use: DEWALT DW682K 6.5 Amp Plate Joiner
Learn More: How To Use a Biscuit Joiner
The table saw was one of the very first items on Brent’s shop wish list a few years ago. It is an important tool and useful for making clean cuts in large pieces of wood at precise angles. There are a variety of price points when it comes to table saws. We recently upgraded to the RIDGID Cast Iron Table Saw and are really happy with the quality.
We Use: RIDGID 13-Amp Cast Iron Table Saw
Great for Projects Like: DIY Coffee Bar, DIY Shiplap
Compressor, Finish Nailer, Brad Nailer & Crown Stapler
The value of having a nail gun and compressor can’t be overstated. It makes the time consuming act of nailing boards together a breeze. Plus, finishing nails used in nail guns are much easier to conceal than common nails.
We Use: PORTER-CABLE PCFP12234 3-Tool Combo Kit
Great for Projects Like: DIY Outdoor Sectional
We hope our list of gift ideas for the diy-er and maker makes your shopping a breeze or gives you an idea of tools that would be helpful to have in your own shop to tackle any of the Gray House Studio projects you see on the site. Once again, we appreciate you supporting our blog!
What tools are on your wish list this year?