Yes, we all have alarms built in to our phones, tablets, and other gadgets these days, but when it comes to getting up in a different time zone, you can never be too careful. The Braun Travel Alarm Clock ($50) will ensure you stay on time no matter where you roam, with a quiet German quartz movement, light, flip-down lid with a world time zone map, crescendo alarm, and signature clean design. Feel like sleeping in for just a few more minutes? Just wave your hand to activate the snooze and stave off jet lag for another few minutes.
There's nothing wrong with the tape measure — unless, of course, you're trying to measure something quite lengthy by yourself, trying to measure something over your head, etc. For those times, you need this Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer Using precise laser measurement technology, this handy tool reports accurate results down to the 1/16 of an inch, even for distances 130 long. It also offers four measurement systems — we particularly like the fractional inch measurements, which keep us from having to do feet to inch conversions in our heads — and offers a continuous length more for those really big projects.
Most artists like signing their work — and just because you chose woodworking as your artistic outlet doesn't mean you shouldn't get to put your John Hancock to it. With this Signature Branding Iron, you can do exactly that. As you might imagine, it's a completely custom piece — you upload a detailed image of your signature, wait 6-8 weeks, and your personalized branding iron will arrive at your door, ready for you to heat up and sear your name into your work permanently.
Forget packing a whole slew of silverware when you head out into the wilderness — all you really need is this Ka-Bar Hobo Knife ($19). Like any quality transient tool, it packs multiple uses into a single punch, as it contains a fork, knife, and spoon all into a single stainless steel package, sliding apart for when you
find some excellent dumpster fare are ready to eat, and transforming back into a pocket-friendly shape when you're on the move. It even comes with a nylon carrying case to keep it safe when it's in your bag/bindle.