My boyfriend and I are both (poor) graduate students, and his current hobby is guitar-building. I know nothing about woodworking. He has access to a shop at a friend's, and is building his own jigs using the machines in the shop at his university (which he will soon no longer have access to). I don't know what kinds of tools are in his shop. We both live in Toronto, Canada.
I'd like to get him a present related to his hobby, and a gift certificate seems too impersonal (although I'd go that route as a last resort).
So what to get for the modern, Canadian luthier?
I saw this previous question
, but believe that LN is out of my price range--I'm hoping to spend around $100, hopefully not more than $150--and cross-border fees can often add 50% to the cost of an item.
I also would prefer to shop locally, in a physical shop, if possible.
Should I just buy him a shoulder plane and suggest that he can exchange it, if it's not quite right? Where does one buy a shoulder plane in Toronto? How does one know if it's any good?
PS: His current project is his version of Prince's Telekaster
, if that helps.