$20 Dollar Gifts for Woodworkers

These are useful and affordable woodworking tools

Lufkin Folding Ruler
Lufkin Folding Ruler

A folding ruler is an old-school tool. But there's a reason! With the sliding extension it is the only tool that can accurately measure the interior dimensions of a box without any error. It's compact, durable, and a remarkable tool once you've learned to use it well.

Woodworking Fractional Dial Caliper
Woodworking Fractional Dial Caliper

This is a unique caliper for woodworking. Instead of machinist measurements in tenths this caliper uses traditional eighth and sixteenths. This is a great tool for measuring inside and outside dimensions and even depth.

Dozuki
Dozuki "Z" Saw

This is a fantastic saw for precision joinery. It's made of high quality steel that holds its sharpness well, and the rigid back makes it ideal for dovetail cutting. It uses the Japanese style pull cut, and it's a great first saw if you are new to Japanese saws.

Kapro Magnetic Lock Combination Square
Kapro Magnetic Lock Combination Square

This was a novelty at first to me, but I love being able to adjust it without using a screw. I did have to fiddle with a little to make it perfectly square, but it's well worth it. It's fast and accurate.

Craftsman Screwdriver Set
Craftsman Screwdriver Set

Craftsman is facing an uncertain future, but they still make a fantastic set of screwdrivers. They fit precisely and have really good build quality for the price. These are a great addition to any toolbox.

Incra Rules Marking Rule
Incra Rules Marking Rule

This ruler has slots that you can drop the point of a scribe or mechanical pencil into. It can make marking a 3/64 both accurate and easy. For fine woodworking, this is a great tool to have to measure and mark extremely accurately. I use a mechanical pencil, but a hobby knife blade works well too.

rOtring 600 Series Mechanical Pencil
rOtring 600 Series Mechanical Pencil

Precise marking is important for getting good results. Old school pencils can be fiddly. This is a high quality pencil that is easy to use to make repeatable and reliable marking.

French Curve Templates
French Curve Templates

This is a great set of curves for making freeform shapes. These are great for laying out all sorts of projects. I've used them in particular for table aprons and adding curves to corner braces.