The holidays are, for many, either a time of peace and reflection or a stress inducing months long nightmare culminating in an orgy of greed. I know I sound cynical about the holidays but I’m really not, I just get frustrated when I see otherwise rational people lose their minds this time of year because they allowed themselves to be pressured into participating in the frantic consumerism.
And here’s some more stuff you can buy for people who like to make and do stuff!
- Dial Calipers: a super useful tool that I opined about in the link and you can get a serviceable yet inexpensive set for under $25 at your local Harbor Freight Tools.
- Lagesse LaSquare: a cool twist on a classic tool in that this one has a wide base that makes it way easier to use with pipe, etc. They have different models on their website and their 12″ model is under $40.
- Rolling Wedge Bar: many people have never even heard of a rolling wedge bar but they are great tools to have around, especially if you’re a car geek. The prying side can be used for prying in tight spaces and the tapered pin end is wonderful when you’re trying to line up bolt holes, etc. You can find them for around $20 bucks for the Sears version or spend more on Snap-On, etc. You could also totally kill a zombie with one.
- Carbide Scribe: available for less than $5, a carbide scribe is a cheap little tool that can scratch a precision mark on damn near anything and is a must have. That and a couple Sharpie markers and you’re set for stocking stuffers.
- Bench Block: sometimes having a solid chunk of steel to hold stuff in place for you while you work on it is like having a second set of hands. Bench blocks comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for a huge range of applications and specialties. This one even has a V shaped groove for holding round stock and dowels and is under $25.
- Trail Jack: my father in law gave me an old beat up trail jack that was covered in rust and I’ve probably used it more than any other tool in yard projects over the years. I have lifted and crushed concrete, lifted stumps, pulled concrete posts out of the ground, and even leveled a house. Basically, they’re the Incredible Hulk of bumper jacks and you can get one for less than $40.
That’s a start. Add your suggestions in the comments section!