Clamping: Clamps, Woodworking Vice
Joinery: Pocket Hole Jig , Optional:Dado blades for table saw or router.Wood glue,assorted screws,brads,and nails.
Cutting: Chisels,sheetmetal shears,scissors,knive,razor blades
Smoothing: Hand planes ,sanders,scrapers
Basic Hand tools: Screwdrivers,hammers,mallets...etc.
Finishing: brushes, thinners,polys,paint,masking tape
Safety equip fire ext, dust control,respirator,goggles,face shield and/or safety glasses
Assembly area: bench and tables
That covers most of the basic needs. I would suggest starting off with these essentials and
only splurge for those big stationary tools after you have done some research and looked
around. Perhaps start off with a good second hand table saw until you get back into the
groove and have a clearer goal of what you want to achieve.
Unless a woodworker is strickly a hand tool person, most of us probably have a couple of go to
power hand tools in the shop and related jigs.
For example. A circular saw pretty much is one of those must have tools imo.
As are a few decent drills. 1/2"and 3/8". Also would add power sanders to this
group that most probably find pretty essential to have.
Taking that a step further, I would also add that the simple hand tools like rip saws, cross-cut saws,
and perhaps flush cutters, are just as essential to many of us , as an expensive power tool. Use the
right tool for the job.
Last edited by against_the_grain; 03-12-2013 at 11:58 PM.