This Woodworker’s Christmas list

[Edit #1: Hayden and I went through the projects we wanted to get done this break, and she’s already added more to the list]

[Edit #2: Updating what’s done]

My family has a hard time shopping for me. I have opinions about my tools, fishing gear, and tech. So this is my attempt at publishing my Christmas list for 2014 and getting your opinion on the specific brands and models too.

What I Want Most

It’s been a busy year moving into Bluebird (our new house) and getting the shop functional. I’d like time to relax, get projects done in the shop, watch the bowl games, and spend time with my family and friends. Seriously, this is what I want most. Oh… and food. Lots of food.

But Wifey has been asking me to create a list. So here it goes…


I have a ton of projects I want to get done around the house

  1. Clean up the yard before Wifey’s party – done!
  2. Assemble the firepit for the backyard (burning shop scraps)
  3. Make some Christmas decorations for yard
  4. Hang various things for Wifey and hang Hayden’s mirror on a french cleat – mostly done!
  5. Make a bunch of wooden letter Gs in various fonts and hang on the wall
  6. Fix a couple cabinet doors
  7. Get the garbage disposal installed – done!
  8. Hayden and I need to finish our spoons
  9. Smoke some meat
  10. Go through old books and clothes and donate them
  11. Finish Wifey’s crown-moulding shelves and get them up
  12. Finish Angie’s drapery rod hanger
  13. Build a bunch of marking gauges
  14. Get the guest room closet organizers installed
  15. Get the shop blinds installed – done!
  16. Get the shop lights installed
  17. Get the shop french cleat up and start on the organization
  18. Build a sanding station
  19. Build a compressor & air nailer station
  20. Build a wall-mount First Aid Kit
  21. Build a Deneb sharpening station
  22. Take the King bed to Crescent bar and get the garage clean
  23. Any home maintenance (septic system UV light, refrigerator water line, …)
    1. Septic system – done!
    2. Refrigerator water line – done!

Woodworking Related or Gifts for the Shop

  1. A dovetail marker. Lie-Nielsen or similar.
  2. A good moisture meter. Reviews on these are old. I need a recommendation.
  3. Bandsaw wheel brushes. Highland Woodworking 189104 or similar. This one looks fine.
  4. Blinds for my shop windows. Already ordered from
  5. Router Bit survival kit from Eagle America. I find myself changing bearings on bits sometimes.
  6. A killer, awesome, fantastic, ridiculous dado set.
  7. The Easy Wood Tools midi set (all three), for when I get my lathe up and running.
  8. Bessey strap clamp, you know, this one time at band clamp…
  9. These. Lots and lots of these.
  10. A cell phone holder, like this, for my truck. Gotta work with my Lumia 1020.
  11. This delicious Incra Miter Gauge 1000HD.
  12. Hot fresh coffee. Anytime from this little Keurig.
  13. A new shop TV. Yeah, I’m spoiled like that but I like the games on in the background.
  14. A drill press table with all the bells and whistles. Yeah, I have one that I made, but it’s seen better days.
  15. A spline jig. Yes, I could build one, but I want to build furniture, not shop fixtures.
  16. Another router. A smaller one with a great base. I’m thinking this DeWalt. I have a Bosch colt, but the base is poor with bad height adjustment.
  17. A belt and disc sander. I like this one from Grizzly but the table is very small and the dust collection looks shady.
  18. A new shop calendar from Lie-Nielsen.
  19. This marker is perfect. I need a bunch of these from Lee Valley.
  20. You never have enough Robertson bits.
  21. The Mk II honing guide is deluxe.
  22. At some point I’m going to need to upgrade my Drill Press. I’d love electronic variable speed and a lot of distance between the spindle and column.
  23. If I can’t get my free lathe working well, someday I’ll upgrade that. Electronic variable speed as well. Is this really an electronic variable speed lathe?
  24. I haven’t pulled the trigger on a new cyclone yet, mostly because I’m trying to find a 5HP cyclone that will work with 96″ ceiling height.

Non-Woodworking Related

  1. Anything from Tommy Bahama.
  2. BlueTooth receiver for the stereo in Crescent Bar.
  3. Tri-fold wallet.
  4. Dopp Kit (Men’s travel kit). No men’s purses please.
  5. Cool entry mats for the house and shop would be cool.
  6. Dents and rearview camera fixed on the truck.
  7. Really good binoculars for Crescent Bar.

I don’t need anything fishing related, and I don’t need any clothes. I don’t want or need any sweaters (did you read that Mom?).

The list is long enough, it already makes me look like a needy woodworker.

What’s on your Christmas list?

So tell me in the comments, what’s on your list? What websites have the best gift-guides? For the things on my list above what are your opinions and recommendations? What’s on your Christmas list?

Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta’s Revised List of Top 10 Tools

Jimmy DiResta came back to Woodchat on December 11th, 2013 to answer even more questions from Woodchatters and revise his list of Top 10 Tools.

You can also watch Jimmy and his brother John in the DIY Network series Hammered here, for free. Woodchatters also found Matthew “Rat Boy” DiResta on YouTube, here. John and Matthew have a channel as well, here.

Jimmy DiResta’s Top 10 Tools, v2.0

  1. Band saw
  2. Table saw
  3. Festool Domino
  4. Low angle block plane
  5. Pullsaw
  6. DeWalt Track Saw
  7. Mortising Chisel (gift from Nick Offerman)
  8. 16oz Estwing hammer with straight claw
  9. Lathe
  10. Heavy steel bricks used for clamping stops, etc.

Also, the Woodchat videos are now here. You can watch the December 11th edition of Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta below.

Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta’s First Take on Top 10 Tools

We were lucky to have Jimmy DiResta join us for Woodchat on December 4th, 2013. After some Google+ technical goop that we had to work through, we had a great chat with Jimmy.

If you don’t know Jimmy, his family, or their work you’re missing out. Star of the Discovery Series Dirty Money with his brother John and nephew Matthew “Rat Boy” the trio turns trash into treasure. Jimmy demonstrates skills in design, woodworking, metalworking, finishing, vacuforming, metal casting, and on and on. The show is funny too – with some bleeps here and there and crazy flea market characters. Jimmy also has a great YouTube channel and also makes videos for Make Magazine.

Jimmy DiResta’s Top 10 Tools, v1.0

  1. Band saw
  2. Table sw
  3. Low angle block plane
  4. Handheld bandaw
  5. Screw gun
  6. Estwing hammer with straight claw
  7. Estwing hatchet
  8. Ball peen hammer
  9. Needle nose vicegrip
  10. 10-in-1 screw driver

I think Jimmy is rethinking this list, based on this tweet

So, join us for Woodchat December 11th at 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern and see what Jimmy has to say about that list of tools. Get your questions ready for another great Woodchat. Don’t forget to circle Woodchat on Google+.

Also, the Woodchat videos are now here, Google+ had us create a separate video channel. You can watch the December 4th edition of Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta below.

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Woodchat is Going Strong: Almost Two Years and 48 YouTube Videos

Tonight we had another great Woodchat, just like we do darn near every Wednesday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. When we were done I went to the YouTube page to check on things.

That’s when I realized that we have 48 videos in the Woodchat YouTube channel. That’s huge!

So thanks everyone for watching, thanks to all our past guests, and special thanks to Chris Wong and Scott Meek for being great co-hosts.

Remember to circle Woodchat on Google+ so you can get the invites and join a hangout sometime.

Our first transcript of the Woodchat Reboot was posted November 2, 2011. We need to do something special for our 2 year anniversary in a couple months. What are your ideas? Leave them in the comments section.

CVG Fir is Gorgeous – Thanks Compton Lumber

Wow, this is some gorgeous fir from Compton Lumber in Seattle. Check them out here.

The Ampersand Photo Prop – Thanks Big Print

Mathias Wandel’s BigPrint is a Bacon Saver!

Woodchat & The Furniture Project: Woodchat Transcript March 13, 2013

Tonight we were very luck to have Eli Cleveland from the Furniture Project (@DesignBuildShow) and Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac join us to discuss finding, preparing for, and executing successful furniture shows.

Woodchat Transcript March 13, 2013

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland is here in the video, watch at #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Our guest tonight is @DesignBuildShow’s @EliCleveland #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: RT @DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks I love exhibiting. Great experience all around. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Can find shows here: #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: These are the two shows I’ll be attending later this year: and #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @EliCleveland went to North Bennet Street School #woodchat

@uppercutwood: The vibe at his past shows was very sales focused and competitive #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Woodworker West has a guide each issue listing shows. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr dale whats the name of the people putting on the lake front art festival #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Don’t set your booth up like a museum – make a connection, let them use your furniture. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Speaking of booths. I go 5′ x 20′. Not so deep so people can see in without have to feel pressure stepping into 10′ deep. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @woodshaver101 zapplication #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Connect with your customers casually and relaxed. They are buying you just as much as your furniture. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr 20′ wide 5′ deep? #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr didnt they put on a bunch of shows #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Pro Tip – make a comfortable chair for people to sit in. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: I have seen some furniture at shows displayed on plinths. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Talk to someone who’s been at the show before to understand the customers. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood Yes, people tend to feel a little uptight walking into a deep booth if they are just browsing. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: People are willing to walk away with something they bought for $50 – burn your name and contact info on it #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood Being only 5′ deep people can see what you have without feeling like they will be approached by a salesman. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Candle holders & cutting boards did well for me. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Do you usually layout the items in your booth in a horseshoe shape? #woodchat

@woodshaver101: i put out a bowl of candy in my booth,i would put a beer keg in if they would let me. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Nice, Mark! RT @woodshaver101: i put out a bowl of candy in my booth,i would put a beer keg in if they would let me. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @woodshaver101 Yes, most shows set up their app process through them. #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @woodshaver101 ha! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks Different each year. #woodchat

@weilworks26: tons of fantastic tips in less then 30 mins! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: We have beer at the Milwaukee Fine Furnishings Show :-) #woodchat

@CoolToolShed: and I thought it was a beer run! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I do demos at the Milwaukee Show based on Japanese planes and joinery. Very high interest. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Do some basic work at the show – they’ll be curious and want to engage. Let them try things. Show them the wood. #woodchat

@weilworks26: RT @DJOfurnituremkr: I do demos at the Milwaukee Show based on Japanese planes and joinery. Very high interest. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Make sure your show let’s you use a vacuum. The union might not let you. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: I have had other woodworkers walk in to my booth and take a picture of my stuff,piss me off. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: My TV debut from 2011 show, doing demo: #woodchat

@weilworks26: i was just thinking that #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: RT @woodshaver101: I have had other woodworkers walk in to my booth and take a picture of my stuff,piss me off. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Ask for permission if in doubt, if you’d like to attend the show again. #Woodchat

@amwoodshop: #woodchat the most useful tip I have discovered at shows is to never sit down. Lots of people will talk to you then. Unless you look scary.

@uppercutwood: Watch the experienced woodworkers and see what they do. Learn while you’re there. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Definitely! RT @amwoodshop: #woodchat the most useful tip I have discovered at shows is to never sit down. People will talk to you then.

@DJOfurnituremkr: Engage yes, but don’t be a car salesman. #woodchat

@weilworks26: @woodshaver101 sorry that’s me. :-( #woodchat

@DustyDeveloper: #woodchat anyone care to comment on my first ever attempt at turning. Jotoba queen Chess piece about 9″ tall

@DJOfurnituremkr: One guy got sick of woodworkers looking under his table. He placed a picture of his ass under there next day :-) #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Booth location matters. #woodchat

@DustyDeveloper: #woodchat jotoba was so great to work with but what do I know – never turned anything else

@DJOfurnituremkr: I do 5′ x 20′ corner. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: I found out that wearing a sport coat and looking like a pro,makes a difference,dont look like you just came out of the shop #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Lighting is extremely important. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Do you bring your own lights? RT @DJOfurnituremkr: Lighting is extremely important. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Get really nice photos of your pieces #woodchat

@amwoodshop: #woodchat and people will take ANYTHING you leave laying out…pens, notepads, small children. Anything!

@uppercutwood: @woodshaver101 good tip and @EliCleveland agrees #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks Yes,even though show is well lit you are best do have extra. #woodchat

@weilworks26: Daughter & I watching/chatting at #woodchat tonight

@JimAAshley: Display photos in a portfolio book for folks to flip through, or display on laptop? or both? #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Yay! RT @weilworks26: Daughter & I watching/chatting at #woodchat tonight

@uppercutwood: Glen Guarino – his wife Marie presented to woodworks on how to promote themselves #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @uppercutwood I learned that one the hard way,educated people notice,things like that. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: The main takeaway – you have to think about everything. Type of folder your materials are in, etc. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: RT @uppercutwood: The main takeaway – you have to think about everything. Type of folder your materials are in, etc. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Last years show: #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: That’s not a sports coat :) RT @DJOfurnituremkr: Last years show: #woodchat

@uppercutwood: When people looked at expensive stuff, they felt like they didn’t get it – like they were left out #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks That was Sunday before move out. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Ah. So after the show was over. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @FlairWoodworks Yes, 30 minutes before take down. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: @DJOfurnituremkr I thought that might me norm abrams without his beard LOL #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DesignBuildShow is having a second show outside of Boston in a week and a half #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: At the biggest craft fair in Vancouver, CircleCraft, one of the busiest booths was a maker of tongue drums. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Check it out at #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: The maker had drums to play with and a video showing steps in making it, looped, a few minutes long. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: your work is only worth what people will pay for it. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Milwaukee is contemporary, shaker and live edge. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Greene & Greene still of interest but not as popular. Period is down. #woodchat

@weilworks26: craftmans style with asian influence sounds like green&green to me #woodchat

@woodshaver101: I’ve notice a trend to reuse old beams and metal in furniture. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I tend to stick with mixed media contemporary and contemporary live edge, not rustic. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Matt’s links: and #Woodchat

@uppercutwood: A bunch of what’s made, and what sells in the Seattle area: #woodchat

@SonoranWoodshop: the southwest is all about ikea #woodchat

@weilworks26: yeah those links remind me of classical Japanese design elements a lot #woodchat

@SonoranWoodshop: high boy selling on craigslist for $650 #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: RT @SonoranWoodshop: high boy selling on craigslist for $650 #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Asian inspired becoming more popular here. #woodchat

@weilworks26: @DJOfurnituremkr all b/c of you right Dale!? lol #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Another tip, don’t bring the same pieces year after year. Keep things fresh even if you have old inventory. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @weilworks26 I could only hope. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Sales can come months and years after show. #woodchat

@woodshaver101: show booths are not cheap,not to many sell enough to cover it,thus a high turnover rate. #woodchat

@SonoranWoodshop: I’m late to the show. how was the show marketed? where were people targeted to get the word out about the show? #woodchat

@woodshaver101: got to go see you next week #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @woodshaver101 See ya, Mark! #woodchat

@randyglissmann: It’s frustrating in my area to even find juried shows for woodworking. It’s all about jewelry, pottery, and photography. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Luckily what I tend to build pairs well with oil/varnish blends ;-) #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @randyglissmann Hey Randy good to see you again #woodchat

@randyglissmann: @uppercutwood #woodchat I’ve been busy with my day job lately. I’m glad you are still broadcasting.

@DJOfurnituremkr: Bedtime, see you next week guys. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr Goodnight, Dale. #woodchat

@weilworks26: see ya around @DJOfurnituremkr #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @randyglissmann check this magazine for a list of shows #woodchat

@uppercutwood: If you can accept credit cards, you’re likely to make more sales, and sales of higher amounts. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Booth space can be anywhere from $10 s.f. to $17 s.f. #woodchat

@SonoranWoodshop: thanks Eli for taking the time to share your experiences and providing some excellent insight… much appreciated #woodchat

@weilworks26: lots of great stuff tonight. THanks gents! #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Thanks guys, good #woodchat as always. Good insight from @EliCleveland

@FlairWoodworks: RT @JimAAshley: Thanks guys, good #woodchat as always. Good insight from @EliCleveland

@Tbdi0629: Totally missed out on a great #woodchat tonight. Here was my booth from The Best of the Northwest art show last Nov.

@FlairWoodworks: Many thanks to our special guest @EliCleveland of @DesignBuildShow! I learned a lot and time passed quickly. #woodchat

@randyglissmann: I’ve mixed wood species and finishes, even paint, to differentiate. Using reclaimed wood has an appeal too. #woodchat