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My first power tools were a power drill with drill bits, then a jig saw, then a power screw driver, then, after watching one episode of the Router Workshop, a 3 hp plunge router.

If I could turn back time and do it all over again, I would probably skip the jig saw and go straight to the router.

All that of course after years of hammer, saw, hand miter saw, screwdrivers, hex (Allen) wrenches, squares, sanding blocks, tape measure, level.

Although it would be far more efficient to hire @Stick486 to do it, both in terms of time and probably budget, the satisfaction of "I made that" is priceless!

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Seriously,give me a hammer, handsaw, square, tape measure, a wide3/4" chisel and a 1/4" chisel, a variable speed drill motor,set of drill bits to 1/4" and some wood bits, a screw driver bit, pry bar/nail puller,hand plane, a plumb bob, 2 'level and chalkline. and I will build you anything from a box to a house.

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Starting fresh, knowing what i know now and how i work--and that a lot of tool repairs are not as complex as i still think...and assuming i've already got the sockets, screwdrivers, etc.

FIRST:
Starrett or B & S (even PEC) combination square (older is good) with 12", 18", 24" blades. (include protractor & center finder)
Dial indicator
Plastic drafting squares--a 45 and a 30-60
Straight edge--minimum 24", maybe 36"
Incra Guaranteed square (or similar)
Bit & Blade cleaner (i use Trend--but whatever the brand the key is to use it)
(I've learned the value of set-up, without it--everything else is harder. Without good set-up tools, any other tool has the potential to be a boat anchor)

NEXT:
8" Jointer--wish i'd never bought the 6", it makes it tougher to "justify" trading up to an 8"
Dewalt DW735 Planer+Byrd head--that was my 3rd planer, and the Byrd completes it. (someday, maybe a 15" to get me close faster, then i'll use the 735 to finish)
Dewalt Radial Arm Saw--i'm becoming a believer in my GWI. Can do probably 2/3 of my cutting, and they are so far out of favor a first-rate saw can be cheaper than bottom of the line portable table saw. (be sure to get "How to Master the Radial Arm Saw" by Wally Kunkel)
Bosch 1617 EVSPK (with Bosch edge guide & template kit) and 10 essential router bits--95% of my routing. Slot cutter with various sized bushings would take care of a lot of the rest.
EZ-One table, about 110" of track & 8" Makita circular saw--almost all of the rest of my cutting.
Saw blades--i've accumulated an assortment of Amana, Tenryu GM, Forrest, Freud Industrial, Infinity, Popular Tools (Carbide Processor's secret weapon), and i change them often so that i'm using blades made for the task. Not to be a snob, but the only combination blade i own has never been opened.
Good chisels, glass plates, and sandpaper--to fix my "learning opportunities"
Good cordless drill/driver kit--coupled with good bits.
Band saw--another "cry once" tool.

That's it for the "big tools". Probably could get by with no table saw. Look at the list above and it's a lot of money--but i'm living proof that one can spend more than that (maybe a good bit more) and not be there!!

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Dalboy said it all in a nutshell.
agreed...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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hand tools related to the task(s) at hand...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
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Although it would be far more efficient to hire @Stick486 to do it, both in terms of time and probably budget, the satisfaction of "I made that" is priceless!
If I have this right you want me to spend YOUR money on tool acquisitions and yur worried about ''THE BUDGET''...
good luck w/ that...
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If I have this right you want me to spend YOUR money on tool acquisitions and yur worried about ''THE BUDGET''...
good luck w/ that...
I was assuming you would use your own tools and bring your expertise.

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I was assuming you would use your own tools and bring your expertise.
okay....
regular rates apply...
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If I'd known then what I know now . . .
I'd have bought or built a good workbench BEFORE I invested in stationary power tools like a table saw etc.
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“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain
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Like Derek and others have said, to what end and at what point in my life?
I bought stuff as I needed it...why would I change that if I were doing it over? Possibly different brands now, but no regrets over the previous.
Now if we're talking winning the lottery, BIG TIME, well that's a whole 'nother discussion. There'd be a planning session...I'm thinking 2 weeks in the Caribbean.

Oh wait; it's hot, Stick won't come! :0
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