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There were some interesting perspectives on this question in this thread a few years ago:
http://www.routerforums.com/starting...odworking.html

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I'm trying to think back to what I bought when I first got started.

I think I already had a mains-powered drill for jobs around the house. A cordless drill is very convenient, but if it's your only drill make sure it's a good one, with a 2- or 3-speed gearbox and capable of at least 1200rpm. If you have a corded drill for when you need speed and power, then a cheap cordless is a good supplement to it for smaller jobs and screw driving.

My first project was bookcases made from plywood, so the first new powertool I bought was a circular saw. If you're going to be working with sheet materials, you'll want a table saw or a circular saw. I bought a cheap circular saw with a pressed steel base, and looking back I wish I'd bought a better one. A rigid, accurately-machined sole plate and precise adjustment mechanisms give cleaner and squarer cuts.

My second new powertool was a router. Again I bought cheap, and in this case it was OK (maybe I was lucky). I used that router for years. It was fiddly and time-consuming to make accurate adjustments, but it could be done, and it cut just fine. In terms of bits, I reckon 99% of the routing on my early projects used only these: 1/2" straight, 1/4" straight, 3/8" round-over, 1/4" roundover, chamfer, and a flush-trim.

3rd would be a sander. In my case it was a basic Bosch 1/3 sheet orbital, which I still use. I've had good luck with Bosch sanders.

Hand tools: a try-square, tape measure, a couple of chisels, a back saw, hammer, utility knife, some F-clamps and quick-action clamps. Plus a couple of folding workbenches for support.
In the case of squares, chisels and saws, I think it's worth buying a little bit above the cheapest end of the market, even when starting out. Go for something basic from a reputable brand name. You'll need some method of sharpening the chisels.

Believe it or not I never bought a jigsaw until this year, and now I can hardly imagine how I got by without it, so that's also worth considering as a starter tool.

Stuff I bought early on, and wished I never had: there was the cheap circular saw mentioned above. And a hand mitre saw a bit like this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pike-Co-Com...=1&*entries*=0 - I could never get a square cut with that. Later I switched to a plastic miter box with a tenon saw, which was a bit better but still not good enough. Now I usually just mark the piece all round with a knife, hold it on a bench hook and follow the line by eye. Cheaper, simpler and the result is better too. Powered mitre saws come fairly cheap these days though, I'd buy one yesterday if I had a place to keep it.
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A table saw or radial arm saw. The saw is the heart of the shop. Of course you need all the small tools like a tape measure and hammer.
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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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Oh wait; it's hot, Stick won't come! :0
got ice...
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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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make it large enough to play in...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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When I decided to get into woodworking back in the mid-90's, I sold several guns I had to fund the new hobby. I purchased a Dewalt router, Jet tablesaw, Delta 12" planer, Delta jointer, Delta chopsaw, Delta benchtop drill press and Delta benchtop bandsaw. I bought a router table top at a local show for $20 that I still use for the Dewalt router.

The only tool out of these that I don't use enough to justify what I paid for it was the planer. I have used it maybe 3 times. I purchased a Jet lathe later on but rarely used it so I sold it since it took up too much space in garage shop.

I have upgraded to a better TS and added several more routers to the mix but still use all of these initial tools. I spent my budget on higher quality tools and that decision was the right one. I have only had to replace the start capacitor on the jointer motor and it was $8.

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Home repair and upkeep, hand tools to begin with. Hammer, AC drill, circ saw. But my work got worlds better with a good table saw, router and table, workbench (used a 60 inch folding table for many years). Definitely would add a large jointer and planer. I'd add a 20 inch band saw for resawing, and a Wixey digital angle gauge for setup. Lots of books on using tools (setup) and woodworking. Really good planes (4 1/2, block and maybe a #6), a set of top of the line chisels and sharpening system, plus diamond sharpening for touchups.

For making picture frames, a Grizzly miter trimmer (Use one once and that's it on any other method). Drills of various sorts, Several types of bit sets, including brad points. Probably a track saw for breaking down sheet goods. I'm using my 18v DeWalt 6 1/2 inch circular saw now with a straight edge. Terrific not having to wrestle a power cord, and I can break things down to manageable sizes while still on my truck.

I'd definitely get a Rockler table saw sled, which beats out my other miter gauges fpr most tasks.

The main thing for me, were funds unlimited, would be to get the best in class tools. And given unlimited funds, I'd have a new, triple garage sized workshop with a separate finishing area and dust collection that would suck a golf ball through a garden hose. And, Oh yes, it would be 2x6 framed with R30 in the walls and more in the ceiling.
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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
Bring your stash and we'll all show up.

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