Heirloom Tools

Heirloom Tools

Sarah Coffey
Dec 11, 2008

If you have a DIY-er in your immediate circle, tools can make a great holiday gift. For something a little out of the ordinary that will last a lifetime, check out This Old House's list of heirloom tools. These are so well made, they can survive a generation or two...

  • A high-quality saw is handy around the house. Lee Valley's rip dovetail saw ($130) has fine teeth and a bubinga wood handle.

  • Garret Wade's Hand Drill ($109) won't ever run out of batteries. They also carry a less expensive cast iron version that's $30.

  • Everyone needs a good hammer. Estwing's finish hammer is forged from a single piece of steel and wrapped with a leather handle.

  • Garrett Wade's four-fold rule ($23) is beautiful, crafted from wood, and lies flat and straight.

  • Jorgensen (a Chicago company) offers a wooden clamp, or handscrew, that forcefully cradles a surface without harming your project. Made from hard maple, it also looks lovely.

  • For all 22 long-lasting tool recommendations from This Old House, click here.

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