What to Gift the DIY Enthusiast in Your Life
Gifting for the DIY enthusiast in your family can be a maze at the best of times. With so much variety out there and a sea of technical terms that can be confusing for the beginner, it can be overwhelming just finding a place to start.
We’ve put together a guide to turn that gifting maze into a walk in the park.
If you’re not familiar, a router is a tool used to cut, shape or trim all kinds of patterns into wood. The “bits” or cutting tool accessories that accompany them come in a range of shapes and sizes to fit the routing machine and carve shapes into wood.
They’re ideal for the DIY enthusiast who specialises in adding a flourish to wooden edges. Have a look at this guide for a more detailed explanation.
Our router bits stay sharper for longer, which is especially important considering Australian timber is often harder than in other parts of the world. Custom furniture maker Christian Cole uses Carbitool bits on Australian timber and told us they were “better cutters and last longer”.
We’ve got router bits packed and ready to go in a number of different sets for an all-encompassing gift idea. Our Budget Router Set is a great place to start, but you can also check out our catalogue for an in-depth look at everything on offer.
Another useful addition to your router is a collection of joining bits, especially if your DIY-demon has a keen eye for building furniture such as cabinets or drawers.
Just like router bits generally, joining bits come in plenty of different shapes. There’s a world of choice – it all just depends on the finish you’re after.
Joining bits often come in ¼ inch and ½ inch shank sizes. We recommend using a larger size wherever possible, as they offer more stability than their smaller counterparts. Of course, make sure your router can fit the required shank size before you make a decision.
If you’re not sure which bit is the one for you, this guide can help you decide.
The humble handsaw doesn’t get a lot of love sometimes, but it’s something a lot of DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike agree they couldn’t do without. These are especially useful if the one you’re gifting is the outdoor-type and loves to turn nothing into something.
Saws are an essential part of home woodworking, especially if the DIY enthusiast in your life’s plans include setting off to find and use their own wood for their next project. That could be something as grand as a new dining table, or something smaller, such as an ornament for the garden. Either way, a saw is a must-have to bring those plans to life.
For a great example of what can be done with a saw and a few other bits and bobs, have a look at this piece of stick furniture.
Sometimes the last thing left to tick off the Christmas list is the stocking filler, but stocking fillers can be so much more than just a handful of loose chocolates. Something as simple as clamps can be the addition that takes a DIY project to the next level.
Of course, it’s not what’s in the stocking, but what you do with it. For the artistic DIY-er, some truly stunning wall art can be fashioned from just a wood chisel and spare block.
No matter which direction your DIY adventure takes you, you need to be confident in your tools. Browse our full range and enjoy Australia-wide delivery.