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Looking for a great woodworking gift? Check out these five woodworking tools, all of which would make a great woodworking gift for a budget between $150-250.

1. Bosch PB360S Power Box

Bosch PB360S Power Box
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The Bosch PB360S Power Box with jobsite stereo system is a multi-function power center offering four 110-volt AC outlets and a single DC outlet plus a 360-degree sound system including a subwoofer. The sound system has an AM/FM radio, as well as a USB port and an SD/MMC card port from which you can play MP3 or WMA music, and two mini stereo audio jacks for connecting audio sources such as a portable MP3 player, TV, CD player or computer. The system is housed in a very sturdy aluminum roll cage.

2. Rockwell BladeRunner

Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320 Cutting Machine
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The Rockwell BladeRunner (model RK7320) is a unique cutting tool that operates much like a scroll saw, but uses T-shank jigsaw blades instead of scroll-saw blades. Using the appropriate jigsaw blades, the BladeRunner can cut wood, plastic, tile, PVC, light metals and more. The BladeRunner is rather lightweight, and this lack of ballast makes for a tool that has more vibration than one might expect at first glance. So while it will likely never take the place of more traditional tools such as a table saw (just like a jigsaw would never be expected to replace a band saw), it still can be a very effective tool for versatile, minor cutting tasks.

3. Porter-Cable 4212 Deluxe Dovetail Jig

Porter-Cable 4212 Deluxe Dovetail Jig
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With the Porter-Cable 4212 Deluxe Dovetail Jig (and a router with the proper bits), the woodworker on your list can create through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, rabbeted half-blind dovetails, sliding dovetails, box joints and more. Along with an excellent clamping system, the jig's versatility makes this dovetail system a terrific value.

4. Bosch 1617EVS Router Kit

Bosch 1617EVS Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit
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The Bosch 1617EVS Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit is a well-built router combo that has withstood the test of time. The fixed base works great whether used by hand or in a router table, and the height adjustment is quite precise. The plunge base on this unit is one of my favorites, with very comfortable handles, a good locking mechanism and a smooth plunge action. A very good value that would make a great woodworking gift.

5. Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Kit

Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Kit
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Milwaukee has a reputation for making very sturdy, solidly-built professional power woodworking tools, and in that respect, the Milwaukee 5616-24 certainly doesn't disappoint. With helpful features like an above-the-table height adjustment and both dual handles and a wrap-around grip built into the fixed base, the Milwaukee 5616-24 has a lot to offer to any woodworker who needs a well-built router kit.

6. DeWalt DW618PK Fixed & Plunge Router Kit

DeWalt DW618PK Fixed & Plunge Router Kit
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The DeWalt DW618PK Fixed & Plunge Router Kit is a versatile, useful woodworking tool with some nice touches that make the router stand out from it's competitors. For instance, the height adjustment ring around the fixed base is a unique but very useful feature. Combined with one-handed bit changes and a spacious hard-sided case, the DeWalt DW618PK would make a great woodworking gift.

7. Freud FT1700VCEK Router Kit

Freud FT1700VCEK Router Kit
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Freud's FT1700VCEK Router Kit features one of the best fixed base routers I've ever used. This unit has a powerful motor, an underside depth adjustment on the fixed base and bolt patterns to accommodate many popular router tables available. With the fixed base, the Freud FT1700VCEK may be the best 2-1/4 HP router I've ever used in a router table. With the plunge base? Well, that's another story.
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