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Not every female who likes to build things or repaint furniture is a girly girl. We get that. But for gals like me – a little bit frilly, a little bit rock and roll – these tools and accessories are my kinda thing. Here are my Top 10 selections for gifts – all under $50 – that are a little out of the ordinary for the extraordinary DIY lady in your life.

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Check out the new knife kits from Camillus Cutlery.

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Kevin gives a quick overview of the JessEm Clear-Cut Stock Guides for the Table Saw.

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Scott and Suzy Phillips, co-hosts of The American Woodshop on PBS, shopped early at Woodcraft and have their annual Holiday Gift Guide video ready to share.

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I was sitting in my dining room, Scotch in hand, gazing at the liquor cabinet I had recently completed. I designed it to replace a spindly kitchen side table that shuddered under the weight of whisky and wine bottles.

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I have been relying on a combination blade to handle all the cutting I do on my table saw—crosscuts and rips in solid wood, plus sawing plywood.

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I recently blued the edge of a chisel, mainly because I was in a hurry when trying to grind past a small chip.

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Unless you’re deep into the PGA, if you bring up the name tigerwood, you’re probably talking about gonçalo alves, a tropical hardwood known for its durability and striped appearance. 

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Angle grinders are great for quickly removing wood or metal, but the process typically involves a cloud of sawdust or sparks, and the results are often fairly rough. 

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I started using HomeRight’s Finish Max HVLP (high volume, low pressure) sprayer about a year ago and am happy to report that the little gun is still getting the job done. Thanks to my shop time with it, I got hooked on the speed and quality of HVLP.

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