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25 Gifts Every Shop Rat Will Love

Need to find a gift for a guy or gal who loves tinkering in their home workshop? You can’t go wrong with any of these seriously cool tools and gear.

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Need to find a gift for a guy or gal who loves tinkering in their home workshop? You can’t go wrong with any of these seriously cool tools and gear.


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LCD Display Stud Finder

This simple-yet-sophisticated stud finder features an LCD display that shows users the exact center of the studs inside a wall. It has five scanning modes for locating wood and metal studs, joists, beams, metal pipe and rebar and live AC wires behind walls, floors and ceilings.

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Six-Piece Wood Chisel Set

This set of high-quality wood chisels from Wen gives you a taste of what a good tool feels like. They will take a little honing out of the box, but once you put a nice edge on their high-carbon steel, you’ll be shaping wood in no time. The six-piece set includes a roughing gouge, two spindle gouges, an oval skew, a round-nose scraper and a parting tool.

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Heavy-Duty Storage Hooks

A shop rat can never have enough heavy-duty storage hooks. This 10-pack of steel hooks is great for storing just about anything: power tools, yard tools, bicycles, ladders, you name it. The small J-hooks hold up to 88 pounds each; the small square hooks hold 66 pounds; and the large and medium sized square hooks hold up to 33 pounds each. The anti-slip rubber coating also helps protect your things while they’re out of the way.

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Hart Six-Gallon Stainless Steel Tank Wet/Dry Vacuum

This wet/dry vac features a five-horsepower high-performance motor and sturdy casters for easy transport during and after use. Turning this vac into a blower to remove debris from your yard or workspace only takes a simple conversion. The whole package includes a six-foot-long hose, two extension wands, a utility nozzle, crevice tool, reusable cloth filter and foam wet filter.

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Hardware-Holding Wrist Band

Whether you’re assembling furniture or installing interior doors, this super-strong magnetic wrist band is a lifesaver. It holds washers, screws and the like within easy reach while you work (and keeps them from getting lost!).

“It makes a big difference when working up on a ladder with a drill and/or a hammer. I recommend this for all of the people in your life who like to swing a hammer and fire up a drill,” says Amazon reviewer DrStTee.

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Ultrawall Garage Wall Organizer

It’s the perfect wall rack to organize anything. Built from powder-coated steel, this rack features rubber-coated sleeves to ensure durability and scratch resistance. Rakes, shovels, push brooms, bikes, bags, towels, robes, rain boots and hand tools all fit perfectly. Or hang it in your shed, utility room or basement for added convenience wherever you are in your house or apartment.

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This thermal camera is designed to give DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any job. The lightweight GTC400C 12V Max Connected Thermal Camera is the first in Bosch’s “detection product” lineup and, according to the company, is setting the standard for detail and accuracy.

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Heavy-Duty Storage Straps

Perfect for keeping pesky extension cords, hoses, cables or rope off the floor in your garage, shop, shed, boat, truck or RV. These storage straps are made from weatherproof polypropylene, and include an industrial-strength hook and loop with a rust-resistant grommet. That means you’re covered indoors or out. The hook and loop are rated to hold up to 50 pounds each.

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Practical Shop Power Strip

The Stanley 32050 FatMax Power Claw is a clever power strip built into a clamp. It can grab on to a stud, rafter, sawhorse or ladder. Hang it wherever you need power. This strip works great at keeping extension cord connections off the ground. That’s convenient, but it makes even more sense if you’re working outside on a wet surface. The Power Claw has three grounded outlets and a 15-amp breaker.

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Bosch 65-ft. Indoor Laser Distance Measurer

Measuring long distances accurately with a tape measure is tough and typically a two-person affair. But the Bosch Blaze 65-ft Laser Distance Measure makes things incredibly simple. Just point and click and you’ll know precisely what your distance is.

This model is made for indoor use (think room dimensions to estimate materials for a remodeling job) and it’s well-worth it. You’ll probably find yourself using the Bosch Blaze Laser Distance Measure for all kinds of other measuring tasks, too.

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Portable Mini Vise

The 3-in. clamp-on table vise from WXTools attaches to any makeshift workbench and is small and light in weight (4 pounds) — but not lightweight when it comes to clamping. It’s a great tool for holding spade bits for sharpening, steel conduit or chain for cutting, and strike plates for filing. It also grips hard-to-hold bolts for cutting, steel angle for bending … the list goes on and on. The jaw has a maximum opening of 3 in. it is designed with a 360-degree swivel base. Here are a couple more workbench upgrades you can DIY.

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Waxed Canvas Shop Apron

At 27 inches wide x 34 inches long, this waxed canvas apron provides full coverage and protection from sternum to kneecaps. It’s lightweight (16 ounces) and handcrafted, including reinforced grommets and rivets, double stitched tool pockets and thick top and bottom hems, which gives the apron incredibly durability. It also includes a safety glasses strap and metal tape holder for convenience.

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Kobalt Work Seat

Kobalt Work Seat

As silly as it sounds, this work seat on wheels is used by more people in our shop than nearly any other tool. Whether you’re working on your car, tinkering at your workbench, painting a room or just taking a load off, having this rugged stool on wheels makes a huge difference. The bottom shelf is segmented to keep your tools and parts where you need them when you need them. Honestly, it’s some of the best money we’ve spent.

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Steel Saw Horse

A combined saw horse and heavy-duty vise, the Wen Steel Saw Horse is the ultimate mobile support and clamping system. It provides up to 2,200 pounds of clamping and holding pressure. Made from high-quality steel, it can support up to 600 pounds with a 40-in. clamping capacity. And when you’re done, the saw horse folds up for storage.

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Kobalt Nine-Drawer Steel Tool Chest

This nine-drawer tool chest is the perfect place to organize and store your tools and hardware. It comes with an integrated power strip with four outlets and two USB ports so your tools and electronics always stay charged. Made from high-grade welded steel, it’s coated with a rust-resistant powder finish. Four casters (two fixed; two swivel) make it easy to maneuver in even the tightest garages or workshops. The total weight capacity of the unit is 1,200 pounds, so no matter how many tools you squeeze in it, this tool chest is sturdy enough to take it all.

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Space-Saving Miter Saw

The 12-in. Bosch Axial-Glide miter saw is big and powerful with no slide arms behind the saw, which saves you 12 inches of work space. It’s perfect for any space-challenged workshop because the axial glide system allows you to push it tight against the wall without losing functionality. Metal bevel lock lever and range selector located upfront for quick and easy bevel settings without reaching behind the saw.

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Powerful Work Light

This work light from Stanley provides 3500 lumens of high-intensity light that illuminates even the largest work area. It has a setting for 50 percent illumination if your eyes need a rest or your workshop is on the smaller side. The light is foldable, tripod-ready and waterproof so no matter the job or surroundings, you’ll always have the right light to get it done.

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Dremel Micro Cordless Rotary Tool

You’ll be surprised just how many uses you’ll find for a rotary tool around the house. The Dremel Micro comes with a full kit of attachments for drilling, cutting, grinding and sanding, as well as a charger. It’s totally cordless, lightweight and easy to maneuver, whether you’re engraving some wood or cutting off a bolt. At less than $100, the Dremel Micro is a no-brainer.

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Titanium Drill Bit Set

The titanium pilot point gives these bits a longer life and the tapered web improves durability and reduces breakage. Good for drilling in multiple types of wood or metal, these bits work best on non-ferrous metals like aluminum. Includes sizes from 1/16-in. to 1/2-in. packaged in a durable plastic case. Plus: Learn everything you need to know about boring holes here.

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Silicone Project Mat

The Rockler Silicone Project Mat is the perfect surface for gluing small projects. Excess glue drains into the little grooves instead of pooling and getting smeared all over. When you’re done, the dried glue just peels right off. The silicone also holds your board or project in place while you sand or rout it. And it’s super soft, so it won’t scuff finished parts.

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Bucket Boss Tool Organizer

The Bucket Boss has a pocket for just about everything. With 30 pockets, three interior loops for hammers and pry bar and an open space for larger storage in the middle, there won’t be much reason to return to the garage or truck.

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GemRed Digital Angle Gauge

This GemRed Digital Angle Gauge is 21st-century fun! Yeah, you could adjust your saw’s angle using other methods and eventually get it perfect, but this gizmo saves lots of time, and did we mention it was fun? Just crank the blade up, set the magnetic base on the blade and square up the blade to the table (the body of the tool is absolutely square). Then push the zero button to calibrate the tool.

Once calibrated, you can adjust the blade to the desired angle, all the while getting an accurate digital readout. When you get the desired angle, whether it’s 22-1/2 or 45 degrees, you know it’s right on, and you can proceed with your project instead of spinning your wheels micro-adjusting.

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Diagonal Cutters Redux

Diagonal cutters have been around for decades. But, the VISE-GRIP Max-Leverage Pliers from Irwin are engineered to exert twice the cutting power of conventional diagonal cutters with the same amount of hand squeeze. Couple that with ultra hardened steel to handle all that cutting power and you have a set of diagonals worth the price. And yes, we really did cut that chain link and nail with them — a feat that would have been impossible with everyday cutters!

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12-inch Magnetic Tool Holder Racks

These magnetic tool holder racks keep the tools you use most often organized and available when you need them. Designed to screw onto any wall, workbench or table, each rack weighs around a pound but holds approximately five pounds of screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, ratchets or whatever magnetic tool you need most.

The pack featured here includes four bars, so you can keep up to 20 pounds of tools at the ready. With 1,237 global reviews, the average rating of these tool racks is 4.6 out of five stars.

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Protect Your Trusty Trailer

If you have a really expensive trailer, it pays to get an extra layer of protection by using a “boot”-style lock in addition to the coupler lock. There are many styles to choose from, but we liked this particular model (the Trimax TCL75 Wheel Chock Lock, available at amazon.com) because it doubles as a wheel chock to prevent the trailer from rolling. Just slide it onto the wheel and press in the lock cylinder.

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Gorilla Cart

Sometimes you need a little more than the classic wheelbarrow to get things done. The Gorilla Cart is a heavy-duty trolley that’s designed for especially heavy objects that just can’t be moved any other way. The trolley can hold up to 800 pounds, the steel mesh sides are removable for greater versatility and the pneumatic tires are durable enough to make many tough trips.

Plus: Check out our tips for hauling heavy stones and concrete block.

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