Category Archives: Anarchist’s Gift Guide

2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 10: Berea College Brooms

Batting cleanup for the gift guide, I recommend you try the Shaker Braid Brooms from Berea College. Not only are these the best brooms I’ve used, but they are made by students at Berea College, one of the eight “labor … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 9: Wera Tool-Check PLUS

I always include one tool in our gift guide that is a bit on the pricey side. This year it’s the Wera Tool-Check PLUS set, which is an incredibly well-made and handy set of sockets and drivers that will get … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 8: Crubber

If you want to improve your workbench’s vises in an hour, just add Crubber. These thin sheets of cork and rubber add a good deal of grip to your vise’s jaws, and they also protect the workpiece.   After becoming … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 7: Allback Linseed Oil Wax Finish

When we need a simple and non-toxic finish, we reach for Allback, a combination of organic linseed oil and beeswax that is great for many woodworking projects. It’s great for chairs, small cabinets and turned objects. It’s not so great … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 6: First Light Works Bevel Monkey

Setting a sliding bevel to an exact degree is difficult with a plastic protractor. Depending on the design of the protractor, you usually have to first draw the line you want and then set the bevel to that. So there … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 5: Lie-Nielsen Dusting Brush

When Lie-Nielsen started selling this dusting brush (at the advice of David Chalesworth) I chuckled about it like when you see a guy wearing an ascot or pocket square. Then I used it, and I bought one immediately. Made with … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 4: WoundSeal Topical Powder

There are occasional times in the shop I gash myself pretty good. I know that I don’t need stitches, but I also don’t want to wait for an hour for the wound to stop bleeding and set up enough that … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 3: Tweezerman Tweezers

You need good tweezers (and sometimes a sharp X-Acto knife) to remove difficult splinters. I’ve tried a lot of brands. I’m sure there are some really high-end ones out there that I haven’t used, but the best commonly available ones … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 2: Two Cherries Carpenter’s Pencils

I wrote about these in August. They are still awesome and I still use them every chance I get. Why am I writing this, then? To tell you not to bother ordering them from the Two Cherries website. I ordered … Continue reading

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2019 Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 1: Cork Sanding Block

Editor’s note: I usually start this gift guide in November, but November got away from me. Apologies. I started this guide after my kids began asking me what I wanted for Christmas. Some of the suggestions I gave them ($3 … Continue reading

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