Gifts for DIY-ers

Dewalt’s 5-inch variable speed random orbital sander.
Dewalt’s 5-inch variable speed random orbital sander.(handout)

Honeywell's "Uvex Livewire" safety glasses feature an anti-fog and anti-scratch coating on the lenses, and with the adjustable temples and headband, this pair is pretty stylish, too. $18.91 on

Zircon’s “MultiScanner i520” can find not only the edges but the center of wood and metal studs up to three-quarters of an inch deep. The DeepScan mode detects up to 1½ inches, and users get audio alerts when stud edges are located. The AC scan mode finds and traces live, unshielded electrical wire up to 2 inches deep. $57.99 at Norfolk Hardware & Home Center, 981 Morton St., Boston, 617-296-2100,

This Empire Level 7-inch “Hi-Vis” laser-etched rafter square has easily discernible graduations and is constructed of anodized aluminum so it will not rust, corrode, or crack. It also features a 40 percent-wider heel, providing more stability on any working surface. Just about every carpenter has a rafter square in his or her tool kit. $16.37 at


Channellock "Xtra Slim Jaw WideAzz" adjustable wrenches are 40 percent thinner than a regular wrench, are made of chrome vanadium steel, and have up to 20 percent greater jaw capacity, allowing users to tackle big jobs with a compact tool. $33.83 for the 8-inch at Republic Plumbing Supply Co., 890 Providence Highway, Norwood, 781-762-3900,, and other locations

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StoneBreaker "MasterSmith" work gloves feature multiple areas of reinforced padding and leather patches. The shell consists of 22 separate pieces, so the leather conforms to the hand and won't bunch up at the palm. $32.49 on


One of the most versatile and oldest of power tools, dating to the 1870s, is the air compressor. Senco's "PC1010N" is a 1-gallon machine that delivers enough power for common chores like inflating tires, nailing wainscoting, or stapling upholstery. It is one of the quietest models on the market and, at only 21 pounds, highly portable. The long-life induction motor and oil-free pump design eliminate the need for oil or regular maintenance. $179.00 at


Kershaw's "Scallion" folding knife has a compact yet effective 2.4-inch blade, and it's the perfect size for carrying in your pocket. It weighs 2.5 ounces, has a high-carbon stainless-steel blade, and offers good edge retention and excellent corrosion resistance. It has safety features that ensure it stays open when you are using it and closed when you aren't. $62.95 at Hilton's Tent City , 272 Friend St. , Boston , 617-227-9242 ,


Part of Dewalt’s “Perform and Protect’’ line, the 5-inch variable-speed random orbital sander vibrates less than your average sander and contains dust better. $79 at

Rob Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter, editor of, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business. Send comments to