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Woodworking Gifts for Under $150

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If you're looking for a great idea for a woodworking gift, but don't want to break your bank, take a look at these five woodworking gift ideas, all of which cost less than $150.

1. Bosch PS41 12v Max Impact Driver

Bosch PS41 12v Max Lithium Ion Impact Driver
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With the Bosch PS41 12v Max Impact Driver, the engineers at Bosch have come up with an impressive tool. This 12v Max lithium-ion impact driver has 930 inch-pounds of torque, enough to handle 80% of the workload of a standard-sized impact driver. However, the PS41 measures less than 5-1/2 inches in length and weighs about 2-1/8 pounds. This makes it ideal for working in tight spaces. Learn the advantages and drawbacks to the Bosch PS41 12v Max Impact Driver in this About Woodworking tool review.

2. DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver

DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver
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The DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver is a lightweight yet surprisingly powerful cordless screwdriver. With a 12-volt max lithium-ion battery pack, the DCF610 is strong enough to drive 3-inch deck screws with ease. Special features include a three-light LED on the front of the chuck for illuminating the work surface plus rubber bumpers on each side to prevent case scratching.

3. Porter-Cable 343VSK Random Orbit Sander

Porter-Cable 343VSK Random Orbit Sander
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The Porter-Cable 343VSK Random Orbit Sander is a 3.0-amp, 7000-12,000 RPM variable speed random orbit sander that uses 5-inch, 8-hole hook-and-loop fasteners. This random orbital sander sands quickly and has a very good dust collection system.

4. Bosch PS21-2A 12V Cordless Litheon Max Pocket Driver

Bosch PS21-2A Pocket Driver
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The aptly-named Bosch PS21-2A Pocket Driver is a surprisingly powerful, compact 12-volt driver. This driver weighs a mere 1.8 pounds, yet has the power to drive three-inch deck screws with ease. In this woodworking tool review, learn the advantages and disadvantages of the Bosch PS21-2A Pocket Driver.

5. DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander

DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander
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The DeWalt D26453 Random Orbit Sander is a 5-inch (8-hole) random orbital sander with a 3.0 amp variable speed motor (7000-12,000 rpm). With a dust-sealed switch, a hard-shell case, a 3 year warranty and the ability to use either the dust bag or connect to a dust collection system, the DeWalt D26453 has everything one would look for in a random orbit sander.

6. Bosch JS5 Jigsaw

Bosch JS5 Jigsaw
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The Bosch JS5 T-Shank Orbital Jigsaw is loaded with features such as an adjustable dust blower to keep sawdust out of the cut line, a one-handed blade change mechanism and a smooth, powerful motor. The result is a jigsaw that cuts clean, true lines with minimal vibration. A fine choice to add to anyone's tool corral.

7. Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner

Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner
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Biscuit joiners are one of the few "single task" tools that I believe every wood shop should have. It may only do one job (cutting slots for biscuits), but it does that one job so effectively that it is worth having. The Ryobi JM82 is a solid biscuit joiner with some thoughtful features, one that stacks up well against similar tools that cost twice the price.

8. Milwaukee 12v Compact Driver

Milwaukee 12v Compact Driver
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The Milwaukee 2401-22 Heavy-Duty 12v Compact Driver is a small, lightweight driver whose primary purpose is to drive and remove screws. Even though it weighs only two pounds, this is no lightweight tool. It packs a lot of torque into a small package, along with features such as an LED work surface light, battery fuel gauge and one-handed bit changes.

9. Kreg K3 Master Pocket Hole Jig

Kreg K3 Master Pocket Hole Jig
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Pocket joints are a simple, effective means for joining parts of face frames. However, by hand, they can be a little tricky to create properly. Enter pocket hole jigs, such as the Kreg K3 Pocket Hole System. This inexpensive, yet highly effective steel, aluminum and plastic jig has all of the features one would need to create nearly any pocket joint.

10. PSI PPS-2 Portable Panel Saw System

PSI PPS-2 Portable Panel Saw System
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For woodworkers who find themselves away from their shop (or for those who don't have a table saw), cutting large sheet goods such as plywood can be a bit cumbersome. Penn State Industries has come up with a portable solution: the PPS-2 Portable Panel Saw System, which attaches to your circular saw to make an accurate, easy to use panel saw. A great option for a gift for someone who doesn't have access to a table saw!
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