It is often harder to select gifts for men, but I’ve come up with a few ideas. For me buying for Dad was a lot harder than buying for Mom. But everyone likes to get handmade gifts. You can turn a project specifically for them and that will make your gift very special.
7 Gifts for Men, Turned by You
Here are 7 gifts for men that you can turn on your lathe. These presents range from the simple to the complex and all are suitable for Father’s Day, Birthdays, Christmas, a special occasion, or just because.
There is a bonus section at the end of the post with some other woodturning projects for your inspiration.
How do you keep your wine, or other beverage, fresh after you pop the cork? Turn a bottle stopper. This post utilizes plastic corks that you can purchase at your local grocery store or wine supply store. You can also reuse old wine corks, or buy a bottle stopper kit that has a stainless steel cork.
You can choose your wood, exotic or native. A bit of spindle turning and the addition of a cork and you can turn a one of a kind bottle stopper. It is an elegant way to cork your wine and you can tell which bottle belongs to you as well.
This is an introduction to turning kits. These kits give you the hardware for your project. I have some more kit suggestions below.
To make a key chain, you do need the kit and a mandrel to turn the project on. Drill the correct size hole in your blank and epoxy in the brass tube. Place this on your mandrel in your lathe. Then you turn the shape you want, sand, and finish. Add the hardware and you have a finished key chain.
Wooden key chains are a small project and can be easily turned in a production fashion. Your turning style and choice of wood will set these key chains apart from massed produced chain store varieties.
Not sure if this one should be included or not! Well if you, or the recipient, like oatmeal then this is a good turning. Practice your skew chisel techniques and create the perfect spurtle. You can use it in the kitchen to stir more than just oatmeal.
This is a great puzzle and made out of wood. Kids of all ages like wooden puzzles. It looks fantastic and the challenge is to solve in the fewest moves possible. You can decide on how many rings or discs to have in your puzzle. It takes 31 moves for 5 discs and 255 moves with 8. You probably want less than 8 Of course you can make 8 discs and they can use fewer to do the puzzle.
There is some basic woodworking involved with making the base for the puzzle. You can choose a variety of woods to make this project really stand out.
This project is a bank for saving coins. It is in the shape of a barrel. You can use this shape or you can make wooden boxes and add a coin slot to make it into a coin bank. That way you can make the bank significant to the recipient.
One of the challenges with lidded boxes is to make sure the lip of the bottom section matches with the lid. This tutorial has a great tip for beginners so that they can turn snug fitting lids every time.
This is another barrel project and can be used to hold pens and pencils on someone’s desk. Again this doesn’t have to be a barrel. Basically turn a wooden vase, any shape you want, with a solid base to ensure the pens and pencils don’t fall over.
A wooden bowl is a simple object but can be special if you have turned it for someone special in your life. Wooden bowls can be used in the kitchen but they can also be used around the house for other purposes. A small bowl beside the bed can hold keys and pocket change.
Kit Projects that are Great Gifts for Men
These projects are kits that you turn the wood for and then assemble to make the final product. However, you get to select the wood (maple, birch, cherry, or exotic) and shape the turning so your contribution helps to set it apart as well. These can be tailored to the specific needs of individuals.
You may need additional equipment such as a turning mandrel and specifically sized drill bits.
Navigator Screw Cap Pen Kit (there are many kits to make wooden pens with)
Cigar Letter Opener, Gold, Kit (you make the handle)
Coffee Scoop (you make the handle)
Pepper mills (you will need a larger prepared blank for this one)
Pizza Cutter (you make the handle)
Travel Mug – This is the insert you can usually get a wood blank as well
More Gifts for Men, Wood Turning Project Ideas
These seven gifts for men represent my suggestions. You are a much better judge than I am of what the recipient would like as a gift. Here are three more ideas for you to consider.
Candles and Vases
Making turned candle holders for tea lights is an easy turning project. Follow the link in the project post to learn how to turn three different tea light candle holders. Check to make sure that your tea lights will fit into your prepared hole and never leave a burning candle unattended.
Toys and Games
No matter what you turn it will make a beautiful gift for someone that you love. The main reason is that you’ve put a part of yourself into the turning and that makes each and every one of your turning special.
Finding good gifts for men is a real challenge. Now you can plan and turn in a present that will please you and the recipient.
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