(“The Christmas Song”) Marc: Welcome to the
2008 Holiday Gift Guide at The Wood Whisperer. I’m Marc Spagnuolo. Nicole: And I’m Nicole Spagnuolo. Marc: And this is Chloe. Nicole: This is Chloe. Marc: That’s my mom’s dog
and we’re babysitting her and she’s feeling neglected so she’s probably gonna spend
a lot of time on our laps. What we want to do
today is jump right into some recommendations, very basic stuff, relatively inexpensive stuff that is gonna make for great
gifts for woodworkers. Male or female it doesn’t really matter. Nicole: Give this to your loved ones if they need suggestions
for gifts for you. Marc: Right, for that special
woodworker in your life. Nicole: See you later Chloe.
Marc: By Chloe, see you. Thank goodness. Really cool recommendations, not a whole lot of stuff. We also had the one we did. (dog barks) The whole family’s here. Nicole: Yeah, 2006. Marc: The good thing is
that stuff doesn’t get old that’s why we ran the rerun of that stuff so everyone can see it. These are basically additions
to the old list, all right? Nicole: Yeah. Marc: Now what we’re gonna
do is put in the show notes links to all of the stuff and we also have of
course the Amazon store where I sort of isolated a bunch of things and I’ve even made it red green so it looks all Nicole: Pretty and festive.
Marc: Cheery and festive and all that good stuff. You’ll find a little
holiday gift guide there and a lot of the items
will be selected there Nicole: But not everything is in there. Marc: Yeah because it’s Amazon.com and sometimes they just
don’t carry everything Nicole: First thing. Marc: that we’re gonna lead off with here. Nicole: Which is? Marc: Let’s jump into it. Nicole: It’s just a magazine. Marc: This is not just a magazine. Nicole: (chuckles) It’s just a magazine. Marc: Did you hear that? Nicole: Just a magazine.
Marc: Taunton Fine Woodworking. She says this is just a magazine. This is by no means just a magazine. This is Fine Woodworking’s Furniture 102 Contemporary Design. It may look like a magazine but it actually only has
ads in the front here. The rest of it is pure
design deliciousness. Nicole: It’s a magazine. Marc: Okay, it’s not a magazine. Fine Woodworking used to put out their furniture design series
of books, hardback books and they haven’t done one for a long time. This is sort of their modern take on it and it is in a paperback magazine style but it’s still just as useful, if not more informative
than the old books were, and a lot of people want to know where I get inspiration from. Typically it’s from reading
a content like this. You can get this at, let me
check my handy list here. You can get this at Taunton Stores. Really the only place that I could find it and the price is 12.99. For something like this and all the inspiration
that you could find in here Nicole: That would be nice. That would definitely be
a nice stocking stuffer. Marc: This is killer. I mean like you said, your first instinct is it’s a magazine Nicole: What’s in it. Marc: Yeah. Nicole: I like that. You want to build that for me? Marc: Sure! The extra descriptions of the materials and highlighting some of the
artists that contributed. This is awesome. Nicole: Okay, good thing
you already have it. Marc: Yeah, I already bought
it so now you don’t have to. Nicole: All right, so the next item is called Painter’s Pyramids which remind me of something
I would have played with when I was a little kid. Marc: They remind me of
something Madonna blew horn in the late 90’s Nicole: I don’t know. I think it was early 90’s. Marc: That was Christmas appropriate,
right? Nicole: Wow, yeah! Way to go Marc. Marc: I’m just gonna drink my cider. Nicole: Anyway why do you use this? Marc: Good question hon. These are very useful
in a shop for finishing so that if you want to prop a workpiece up so that you could finish both sides of it without ruining it by
sitting it on a flat surface these are perfect. There’s just this little
pinpoints supports it. Nicole: Yeah. Marc: To do a little door or something. I believe what do we have here? Is this is a 10 pack? Nicole: 10 pack. Marc: For 5.99 at Woodcraft. Of course we’ll have the link for that but these are great. These are catching on and you’re gonna find these under a lot of Christmas trees this year. I can assure you my friends. That’s the Painter’s Pyramids. Nicole: Painter Pyramid. Marc: The next two items are
specifically from Lee Valley and I just thought they were really cool, great little stocking stuffer that just about any woodworker can use. The first one is a little
screw dilly-whacker for planes. Nicole: Is this for a plane? Marc: Yes. Nicole: I was thinking
it was like a doorknob Marc: Right.
Nicole: for a dresser door. Marc: You know all those times you come in from the shop after a long day you’re like, “Honey, I can’t
get the screw off of my plane. “What do I do?” I’m like, “Just use this.” Nicole: Is that what that does? Marc: Yeah it’s got a little,
Nicole: Yeah. a standard little screw thing. This way you don’t mar
the surface or anything Nicole: I would not
want to mar the surface. Marc: What price do this be? Nicole: That is 12.99. Marc: That’s a bargain for a finely crafted piece of wood with a piece of metal in it. (laughing) I mean seriously that is really cool. The other thing is this miter hook, okay? It’s got two little pins
so watch your fingers. Nicole: Okay. Marc: Okay? Two little pins and magnets and plastic. The idea is when measuring miters clearly it’s difficult to
get accurate registration Nicole: Because clearly I need to measure my miters. Marc: Clearly I can’t show
them if you’re holding it. Nicole: I know. Marc: It actually has magnets on here to hold your tape measure
in the right position. Nicole: Cool! Marc: If you’re measuring a miter this way it’s locked on. You can measure this way and it’s got little pins here. Nicole: What’s that say,
what are the pins for? Marc: To lock in to the miter itself so that it doesn’t slide off, okay? Pretty nifty little thing. Nicole: 8.50. Marc: 8.50. Nicole: $8.50. Marc: This is really gonna come in handy. The next two items are things that sometimes get overlooked. They’re really nice to have in a shop but a lot of times it’s
hard for us as woodworkers price, money-conscious woodworkers to spend the money on. That is number one
self-centering drill bits. Self-centering drill
bits really come in handy when installing hinges and things. Nicole: Actually I know what they do. Marc: What do they do? Nicole: They self-center. Marc: That’s correct yes. Usually it’s just a little
spring loaded housing that guides the bit down
in between into a hole, in a hinge or something like that. Gives you a perfectly centered hole. Very, very handy to have. There’s a bit set here. I believe this one is from Woodcraft. Nicole: Yeah. Marc: The set that I-
Nicole: 28.99. Marc: Right 28.99 is the
set that I’ve selected. It’s really good one. We’ll also have one in
the Amazon store as well that’s roughly comparable. The other thing is a plug cutting set. A lot of times if you’ve got … Sometimes you’re fixing a flaw in the wood and you need to cut a
plug in the face grain. You don’t necessarily want to use a dowel because the end grain
shows when you finish it. You need a plug cutter and a lot of times those are a hard thing to justify the cost of. Nicole: This is the face grain? Marc: This is the face grain correct. This is the side grain or the end grain. Depending on which side you’re pointing. Nicole: The plug thinggy. Marc: The plug it’s like a drill bit that goes into the top so that you can get a plug
that has face grain on it so you could hide the grain. Nicole: Okay. Marc: When you really want
it to be hidden really well. Nicole: How much are those? Marc: That is again from Woodcraft and I have a really
nice set here for 43.99. I believe the set that I’ve selected Nicole: Okay. Marc: There’s gonna be two there for you to choose from. Nicole: Check it out. Marc: Check it out. Nicole: We do have
relatively expensive item on this year’s gift guide just because of how much
you enjoyed having it. Marc: Yeah, one of the tools this year that’s really made the biggest spash and we’ve heard the most feedback about is the Earlex Spray System. Most hobbyist woodworkers
don’t have a spray system. Nicole: I know you didn’t. Marc: Yeah, I mean it’s cost prohibitive. It’s messy, there’s ways to deal with that depending on the finish. Let’s not get into that now but it’s probably the cheapest
way to get into the game and that’s really the key with spraying. You just got to get the
equipment to get you started. The Earlex has really fit that bill. The price is really reasonable and I know you could find
a better price than this but I see Woodcraft has it for, I don’t know whether this is
because it’s on sale right now but 299 to 339. I don’t know what range represents Nicole: Probably different size. Marc: Yeah, I don’t know that’s what I saw when I was there the other day. Anyway, great spray system. Chances are if you’re
buying for your spouse you know whether or not
they have a spray system unless they’re hiding it from you. This would be a good way
to really surprise them if you know that’s something that they’re really interested in doing. Nicole: Yeah, I think so too. Marc: A little pricey still. Nicole: Yeah if that’s gonna be like
Marc: Definitely, you know. Nicole: if you’re not really sure, if you wanted to get your spouse or woodworker friend a
big gift I would think Marc: That’s a good one.
Nicole: that’s a good one. Marc: For sure. The next thing that I put on the list and this one I added after our trip to Lowe’s the other night when we spent way too
much money on the carpet. Which I’m still having problems with. Nicole: You’ll get over it. Marc: Anyway, we’re in the check out line and I see this Black and
Decker little adjustable wrench and I realized it was one
of those auto wrenches where you just hit the little dial and it opens and closes
and I was mesmerized. Nicole: You actually wanted to Marc: I did want to buy it, I did want to buy it and I normally am not exactly
a Black and Decker man. I’m not exactly even an
adjustable wrench man. I’ve got one so why do
I need another one for? But this thing was so cool. I was just captivated by it. Nicole: You probably would
have stood there all night just pushing the button if
the cashier hadn’t called you. Marc: I’ve seen those
stupid commercials for it where the guy’s fixing
his garage door opener and the neighbor wants to, I don’t know I think
that’s the commercial. Anyway, really cool thing. They had it there for
like 35 bucks or 30 bucks and then I went on Amazon Nicole: Nice. Marc: You know what, I’m a woodworker but I’m also a all around
handyman in the house and you do need wrenches once in a while and this would just … I would be tickle pick. Nicole: Tickle pink? Marc: To see that under my tree or in my stocking. Nicole: Yeah, okay. Marc: It’s really cool, it’s really neat. 19.99 is pretty good price to it. Nicole: Yeah, not too bad. Marc: I don’t know what happens when the battery runs out or if it takes double
As, triple As or whatever Nicole: It’s probably like a triple A I’m guessing. Marc: It’s probably something small. Not much going on inside there. That’s a cool one, I like it a lot. The next item on the list is a book that has really made a
splash this year too. Nicole: Yeah, you really
enjoyed that book. Marc: This was a really great book. This is Chris Schwarz’ Workbenches: From Design and Theory
to Construction and Use. If you’re considering
building a workbench, maybe building a new workbench. I have a workbench but this book sort of made me look at
it completely differently and see all the flaws that I
have in the original design. Look at this. Nicole: Get out of here.
Marc: She’s like a gremlin that popped off of his back when he ate after midnight or got into water actually, right? Okay, so anyway this book is really good. It gives you a little bit more perspective on something very simple but I think something that is crucial to the function of your workshop. It should be designed very specifically. Nicole: He even says two centuries of workbook wisdom in one book. Marc: Two centuries of
workbench wisdom in one book. Nicole: What did I say? Marc: I don’t know how he fit
that much in this one book. Mine even came with a disc and some paper. Nicole: I think you printed that out. Marc: I think this is just
an extra additional chapter, Nicole: Okay. Marc: Anyway, Chris knows this stuff. Chris is a good guy. The book is written in such a way that it’s very digestible. Nicole: You read that really fast too. Marc: Some books especially
woodworking books put me to sleep. This one it was a story. There were stories behind it and I thought it was really good Nicole: How much is this? Marc: Depends on where you buy it. You can get it at the Lost
Art Press, Chris’ site. Nicole: Yeah 19.79. Marc: Yeah, I’m sure it’s a little bit Nicole: 19.99. Marc: Good book. Nicole: Find at any bookstore I’m sure. Marc: Yes, I’m sure.
Nicole: Yeah. Retail’s for 29.99. Marc: It’s good stuff but I
think if you get it from Chris you might be able to get it signed or something like that Nicole: That would be cool. Did he sign yours? Marc: Of course he did. Nicole: I don’t see it. Marc: Yes he did. Now the next thing is
actually going to support a fellow podcaster and a
pretty all around good guy. Nicole: I do. Marc: Do you recognize him?
Nicole: it’s Charles Neil. Marc: You’d recognize that
accent anywhere, wouldn’t you? Nicole: I would. Marc: Charles Neil if you haven’t seen some of his stuff. He is like I said a fellow podcaster. He’s put out a lot of content on YouTube and his own site at
AntiquesBuiltDaily.com. Charles has a butt load of DVDs. Nicole: That’s a lot. Marc: A crap ton. Nicole: He does. He is a very knowledgeable man. Marc: He’s like a walking encyclopedia and something like this, this is a 10-disc set,
DVD set here on finishing. It literally you know, and I’ve read a lot of finishing books from cover to cover. This is kind of like a finishing
book from cover to cover only it’s coming out of Charles’ mouth. Nicole: On DVD. Marc: Yeah which means it’s going to be Nicole: Yeah. Marc: Yeah, he does give
you all these examples. Dyes and stains, colors. This is just one of the
things that he’s got. He has a lot of projects. Nicole: There’s 10 DVDs in this one? Marc: In this particular one yes.
Nicole: Okay. Marc: You can sort of subscribe and get one per month. Different payment plans. Really good stuff. Charles is a great guy. He’s got a great operation over there. it’s not all that different
than what we do here. We like to support him Nicole: Definitely. Marc: Go check that out
at AntiquesBuiltDaily.com. The next item that we have
is a small black chihuahua. (laughing) This is like the perfect gift for anyone other than me frankly. Nicole: For a lot of
people I think. (laughing) Marc: Chloe is nice. She’s just is like a giant furry bug. You’re like a big bug. I don’t know where that tongue has been. Nicole: Anyway. Marc: is something that we selected Nicole: Yeah. Marc: You know who he is? Nicole: That’s Craig Stevens and not just because it says in there. (laughing) Marc: Why do I keep asking you Nicole: I don’t know, I have no idea. Marc: Do you know who the president is? Okay. All right, so anyway. Craig Stevens does Woodworkers Resource. Nicole: Yes another … Marc: He does some audio, does some video and what Craig does
that’s very interesting, it’s something I could
never do at least right now. He has the angle of involving
kids in the workshop and he has a book called
Woodshop 101 for Kids. A great little book with projects and advice on how to get kids
involved in the workshop. Again, thinking in terms of a spouse watching this video for
their woodworking loved one. You got a few kids and you want to get them more involved. Nicole: A bird house. Marc: Yeah, look at some
of the projects in there. Nicole: Even goes into finishing. Marc: He’s got pictures of him
Nicole: Boxes. Marc: with his own kids in there. Nicole: That’s nice. Marc: It’s really great. I mean it’s a really, really nicely done. Nicole: Toolbox and art caddy. Marc: There’s not a whole lot
out there like this though. Nicole: No. Marc: It’s very specialized but-
Nicole: Wood pegging! Marc: Crap. Nicole: We go to Crate and Barrel and I play this game
and he won’t touch it. Marc: Crate and Barrel? Nicole: Not Crate and Barrel. Marc: Cracker Barrel.
Nicole: Cracker Barrel! Marc: You are so mixed up. Nicole: I know but this … I want you to make that for me. Marc: No. (laughing)
All right, thanks Craig. Nicole: Thanks Craig. (laughing) Marc: Yeah, this is really great. If you have some children that you would like to
get involved in the shop and if you are the
spouse that’s in the shop and you really would rather not be bothered by your kids you probably don’t want
to let anybody see this. Nicole: What? (laughs) Marc: I’m just saying. If you don’t want your kids in the shop Nicole: Yeah, that’s true. Marc: Because this is something
that will get them in there. Nicole: Yeah, that’s true.
Marc: Right? Nicole: Get them excited
to mix some stuff. Marc: That’s what I’m saying. It’s good stuff. Anyway, WoodworkersResource.com and we’ll put the link in the show notes that will take you directly to the page where you can purchase this. How much is it? What is the price? Nicole: 19.99. Marc: 19.99 and it also has a digital, I believe it’s in PDF format. A digital version of the book Nicole: That’s cool. Marc: Order and download immediately. Nicole: Yeah. All right, so as you can see Chloe is turned into Lexy. (chuckles) She hasn’t been on my lap in years. Marc: Big box, lights and the camera and all this stuff in the living room they’re not exactly used to it so they don’t know what to do. Nicole: No. Marc: Other than sit on us.
Nicole: Yeah. Marc: Just get comfortable. Get yourself comfortable. Don’t let me interrupt. Have your nap. Nicole: The final items of the show
Marc: Yes. Nicole: are related to the Wood Whisperer. Marc: The coolest ones yet. Nicole: Yes, yes. We have a number of items
that if you’re not familiar we’re gonna tell you about it now. Marc: Yes. First of all how about the logo stuff. Nicole: Yes. Marc: We put the Wood
Whisperer on everything. Nicole: We got the hat. Marc: The Wood Whisperer lunchbox. Nicole: We don’t have that.
Marc: The Wood Whisperer coloring book. Nicole: We don’t have any of that stuff. Marc: The Wood Whisperer action figure. Nicole: We don’t have any of that either. We got hats. Marc: I’m doing a line from Spaceballs. Nicole: Okay. Marc: Geez, you don’t get me. Nicole: I do but I’m
just kind of focused on. Marc: Okay, what we have here, I don’t remember the prices Nicole: Yeah, yeah. and we’ll have a link of course. Nicole: Yeah.
Marc: The link is always there because the store is always there. Nicole: Hat.
Marc: We have a hat. Nicole: $15. Marc: Okay $15 for the hat. We got a mug. Nicole: Coffee mug. We have actually two types of mugs. Marc: 11 and 14 or 15. Nicole: I think this is 15 ounce.
Marc: This is the 15? This is my favorite, the
bigger one, I like it. Nicole: There’s a bigger
one and a smaller one and those range from. Marc: They’re each $10. Nicole: They’re both $10? Marc: Both 10 bucks.
Nicole: Okay. Marc: We also have our shirts over here.
Nicole: We also have shirts. Most of you probably are familiar with the standard white shirt but by popular demand, we now have black and gray. Marc: Yeah which are big sellers actually. Nicole: Be fashionable.
Marc: Turns out woodworkers aren’t so good with white. Nicole: Yes. Marc: That’s the rumor.
Nicole: Yes. Marc: The other thing that we have now of course, a lot of you
are already familiar with A Simple Varnish Finish. That is my revolutionary DVD that is taking the world by storm. Actually not so much. We’ve sold a few. Nicole: I’m in this. Marc: Yeah, Nicole is in this. It is a very detailed explanation of my varnish finishing method that takes all the complicated crap out, simplifies it in normal
human language terms. Nicole: How much is this? Marc: This is, good question.
Nicole: It’s on special for … Marc: Here’s the deal. This is 14.99 and has been
since we’ve introduced it but due to circumstances sort of beyond our control, the price does need to go up as of January first to 19.99, Nicole: Yeah. Marc: For the next month basically.
Nicole: 14.99. Marc: For the month of December it’s gonna be 14.99 and
then the price goes up so you got a little bit
of a heads up there. The other thing that we have is many of you may know
that we’ve been selling collections of our episodes on the website for a while now. They were actually made by Nicole and I. We just did the whole FedEx Kinko’s thing and we had the DVDs. We actually reproduced them Nicole: Those are limited editions. Marc: Yes, much like the early versions of a Simple Varnish Finish those go into the volt Nicole: Yes.
Marc: as collector’s items. We now have really fancy reproduced, professionally reproduced versions of all the DVDs we’ve
had since the beginning. We’ve got a full stock
of the assembly table and torsion box which I
know has been a big seller. Nicole: Yeah. Marc: Now we’re fully stocked. Of course the end grain cutting board Nicole: Cutting board.
Marc: is a favorite. And the arts and crafts table. Now the one that we have
coming out very soon which we don’t have in our
possession right this second but probably by the time
this hits here we will, is the gadget station. Now for anyone who really
wanted to dig even deeper Nicole: Three hours, isn’t it? Marc: Yeah it’s nearly
three hours of content but it’s like 15 minutes of bonus content that wasn’t available online. A full length interview with Leo Laporte because we had to edit
that down for the website. It will be in the same format as this in a little cardboard sleeve like that. It will be available soon. Nicole: Those are great stocking stuffers. Marc: These are great. I guess it depends on the
size of your stocking. Nicole: Yeah. Marc: It depends. Nicole: Our stocking. Marc: Yeah. Very cool and these are 11.99? Nicole: I think so. Marc: Yes, these are 11.99. Pretty good deal for a DVD. Nicole: Finally, our last … It’s not a product. Marc: Not really. Nicole: It’s definitely
Marc: Something you can buy. Nicole: definitely a value. Marc: Yeah.
Nicole: Yes. Marc: It’s more or less it’s a membership. Nicole: Yes. Marc: We have basically
taken the last few months to come up with a concept that we could start officially in January. The details will be on the website so we’re now for a little bit
obscure about it right now. We shouldn’t be by the
time this video is out and by the time you’re
looking for it on the website we’ll have the details nailed down. Nicole: Yes. Marc: That includes premium content that you can’t get elsewhere
from the Wood Whisperer as well as specific meetings
and live demonstrations that you won’t be able
to get anywhere else that are for members only. Nicole: And standing discounts as well. Marc: The other big thing
is standing discounts. We have good relationships
with a lot of retailers and we wanted to get them involved in this so that members only can have access to these coupon codes and get standing discounts on the supplies that you
buy on a monthly basis Nicole: The idea is that you’ll be, if you’re looking for a gift that basically gives all year round, this might be a gift. Marc: Or the jelly of the month club. Nicole: The jelly of the month club. Marc: One or the other.
Nicole: Yeah. (chuckles) Marc: It should be really cool. We’re really excited about it. It’s kind of taking the Wood Whisperer to a whole new level. Nicole: No. Marc: Lexy’s really excited about it. It doesn’t detract from
anything else we’re doing. It’s an addition to. Premium content. It’s stuff that people have
been asking for a while now so we’re really excited to
be able to provide that. Just get comfortable there. Don’t let her stop you. You just get comfortable girl. Yeah, I’m talking to you. Don’t even look at me like that. You know what happened the last time you looked at me like that? Nothing. I think that just about wraps it up. Nicole: I think so. Marc: I don’t
have anything more on the list. Nicole: No. Marc: From our, clearly
our entire family to yours we wish you guys a happy holidays Nicole: Yeah. Marc: Don’t eat too much. Don’t drink too much. Nicole: Because I know you will. Marc: I’m gonna go eat some pumpkin pie and then I’m gonna have
some peanut brittle. Peanut brittle look at this. My wife makes peanut brittle like it ain’t nobody’s business. Look at this stuff. That’s my piece. Look at this thing. It is so good, it is so delicious it’s going to raise my cholesterol level. Nicole: I’m sure it will. Marc: This is why I gained Nicole: We have it Marc: Yeah exactly. Anyway, this girl makes
some peanut brittle. Maybe we should be selling
that for the holidays. What do you think? Nicole: No.
Marc: I’ll give you two bucks. (laughing) Nicole: Everyone happy holidays and we’ll see you online. Marc: Thanks for watching. Honey, how do I measure … Wait, that’s the wrong thing. (laughing loudly) Nicole: Come here Chloe. Marc: No Chloe. I’m done with her. Nicole: (laughing) Stop. Come on Lexy! (laughing loudly) Marc: Is she gonna pee on me? But he wants to give you a kiss. Good boy. Give her a kiss. Ready to go. Nicole: Lay down! Marc: Don’t step on my tenders. You want to introduce the next item? (laughing) Nicole: No, his breath is stinky. Marc: It’s not so bad right now.
Nicole: It’s so bad. Marc: Don’t step on me. Just stay comfortable buddy. There you go. (“Christmas Time Around the World”) Au revoir. Nicole: Bye. (“Christmas Time Around the World”)