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Sometimes the best Father’s Day gifts are the ones that you pick up at the very last second…right? We understand that some of our readers haven’t taken advantage of our free shipping deal – which runs through this weekend if you want to hand Dad a receipt of a product that is in the mail – so we have curated a list of 11 products from our store that would be a perfect gift for your Dad. Each of these items can be downloaded immediately, so go ahead and get Dad that book or video that he’d never buy for himself, or the subscription he’s let lapse.

Getting Started with Woodworking

I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects, 3rd Edition

Working with only some basic measuring tools, jigsaw, miter saw, drill, sander, biscuit joiner, pocket hole jig, some clamps, a hammer and a screwdriver, the absolute beginner (or the woodworker in a hurry) will be able to quickly create 48 quality furniture projects using only wood and hardware found at their local home center. By replacing much of the complicated joinery common in woodworking with mechanical fasteners (biscuits and pocket screws) the learning curve is greatly reduced, but the appearance of the project remains intact.





Workbenches Revised Edition: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use

This revised edition of Christopher Schwarz’s classic book on workbenches examines the fundamental rules of good bench design. At the end of the day, a workbench is a tool for holding wood as many ways as possible. Every workbench should be able to easily work the edges, faces and ends of boards. With this core function in mind, some of the best workbenches are the ones that have been proven throughout history.





The Practical Workshop eBook

This handy guide teaches you to set up a practical and sensible workshop that allows you to get to work. You’ll find advice for workbenches, workshop furniture, shop work flow and storage. Start with helpful insight into centering your shop about your workbench (including plans for 2 bench designs). From there get ideas for organizing your workspace for efficiency, solutions for storing tools, lumber and materials, and much more.






Hand Tools

Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools

In Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools, you can update quality tools for a fraction of the price of brand-new tools. With this completely revised & updated book, Michael Dunbar will walk you through the steps to buying well-made, classic tools and then tune them so well, that they outperform tools made today. Often referred to as the “bible” for tool restorers, Michael Dunbar has updated the original book from 1989 to share the information and knowledge he had gleaned from years of using and studying classic tools.





Handplane Essentials, Revised & Expanded

There is no woodworking tool that’s more satisfying, quick and precise to use as a handplane. Planes can process timber in its rough state, bring boards up to a glimmering smoothness, cut rabbets, dados, grooves and other joints, and trim wood with a precision that has yet to be matched by power tools. Yet many woodworkers – both beginners and professionals – are intimidated by choosing the right tool, sharpening its cutter and putting it to use.





New Builds

Build a Hand-Crafted Octagonal Table

You’ll learn to use traditional hand tools and techniques as you build an elegant octagonal table. You’ll learn:

  • Tips on riving your own wood from logs
  • The benefits of using a shaving horse and what features to look for in your own
  • How to use a drawknife and spokeshave to form wood into sculpted, elegant shapes
  • To boil wood for bending – simpler than steaming for small pieces
  • About leg geometry and how to sight, bore and ream mortises accurately.





Power Tools

Power Tool Essentials Series – Video Downloads
$21 – $29 

The Power Tool Essential Series will accelerate your understanding of shop machinery. You’ll find tips and tricks, as well as information about your power tools that you never heard before. Nothing beats quality instruction, Doug Dale has provided instruction to thousands of woodworkers over his career. Each video download is for a specific tool.







Print Subscription

One Year Print and Digital Subscription

Popular Woodworking Magazine has delivered articles and commentary from America’s best and brightest woodworkers for more than 30 years. The editorial focus is a committed philosophy of hybrid woodworking – blending the best of hand tool and power tool woodworking. We bring you woodworking projects for every skill level ranging from simple (but attractive) projects that use basic joinery, to complex furniture plans using advanced woodworking techniques.





Video Subscription

One Year Video Subscription

We bring you the best in woodworking techniques, joinery, tool use and great projects that you can build! Subscribe and gain immediate access to more than 700 videos on the web’s best woodworking subscription site.









Woodworking Legends Garry Knox Bennett Interview

American furniture maker, woodworker, metal artist, painter, sculptor, roach clip mogul… it’s hard to label Garry Knox Bennett. The Oakland-based decorative artist’s long and storied career involves a multitude of mediums tied together with consummate craftsmanship and more than a touch of irreverence. He ranks among the most important furniture makers in America, is widely studied in books and journals and his pieces are in the permanent collections of countless museums and galleries around the world.






Woodworking Legends – An Interview with Toshio Odate

Through his sculpture, shoji, tools, books, furniture and teaching, Toshio Odate has been sharing the beauty and culture of Japanese woodworking traditions for decades. Much more than a woodworker, Toshio considers himself an artist – and justly so. Many of his sculptures are larger than life, and on display on his property.

Visit with us as we walk with Toshio through his grounds and discover his motivation for creative inspiration and learn about his journey to the United States.

Product Recommendations

Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.

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