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My father in law has asked me what I want for Xmas. He usually spends about $200 or so on me. I was thinking something for woodworking. I hate having tools/equipment that I never use.

I need ideas....what has been something you always use that cost about that?

I'll start. I was thinking a dovetail jig and templates for my router. Or money...for wood...that I need in order to redo what I just screwed up.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-03-2014, 06:25 PM
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go for the wood

That way there won't be any dissatisfaction with a tool you didn't want or like. Unless you can specify a tool you know that you want and have researched it to be certain.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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The PC dovetail jigs are really nice.

The tools don't make the craftsman....
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Id love to have $200 of nice hardwood.

As far as tools we dont know what you dont have aside from a DT jig. What else dont you have that fits in that price range?
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Go for the money. But it might be a good relationship thing to go shopping with him. Guys bonding over tools, priceless...
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I would prefer a good tool over the wood. But only because being a gift it would last a lot longer.

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Except for a jointer and bandsaw I am ok power tool wise (and I can get around those for now). To be honest I don't know what else I want, hence trying to see what others really treasure. I thought the dt jig as I would like to try new joinery and am not good enough for hand tool dt's.

Wood would be nice but I was thinking a new tool to expand on skills.
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I would prefer a good tool over the wood. But only because being a gift it would last a lot longer.
If you make projects with it that stay in the family, it will last "forever" . But that's a choice only you can make. I still have a Skil circ saw I bought 50 years ago. ....runs like a charm.

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My father in law has asked me what I want for Xmas. He usually spends about $200 or so on me. I was thinking something for woodworking. I hate having tools/equipment that I never use.

I need ideas....what has been something you always use that cost about that?

I'll start. I was thinking a dovetail jig and templates for my router. Or money...for wood...that I need in order to redo what I just screwed up.
You did not tell us what tools you have now nor what type of projects you do.

Without that information it is hard to make a suggestion.

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That way there won't be any dissatisfaction with a tool you didn't want or like. Unless you can specify a tool you know that you want and have researched it to be certain.
Well said.

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Clamps, you can never have enough clamps...or wood, you can never have enough wood
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I'm going to say clamps also. You seem OK power tool wise. Clamps of various lengths are well used in my shop and it seems that I never have enough.

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If you make projects with it that stay in the family, it will last "forever" . But that's a choice only you can make. I still have a Skil circ saw I bought 50 years ago. ....runs like a charm.
That's true...I guess I am attached to my tools. :-)

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Consumables like sandpaper, glue, stains, fasteners, hinges/ hasps, and as mentioned, WOOD. It's the little things that get expensive really quick, that nobody really thinks about. Think about the materials you need for jigs, and have him get them. Win-win!

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