Welcome to the forum.
Fascinated by your comment that you only have "bottom line of tools".
We all start out exactly like that, unless lucky enough to be born into.
As for me, I started out without advantage and worked very productively (and imaginatively) with just a few of the basics.
Time and affluence happened, and I accumulated the specialty tools, but paradoxically I kept encountering situation where I was missing that one special tool to do the job...endlessly.
This continued until I visited a very old shop in New England (boatbuilding). On the wall were decades of jigs, and the master of the shop joyed in relating the history of each.
This reminded me of the day when, constrained by budget and inexperience, I had to use my imagination, ingenuity and available references, to extend my tools to new purpose.
Now, in my shop, the wall is strung with the jigs I've made, used and the stories I tell about their uses persist long after the project has passed on, to family, friends, or sale.
Good luck, and take inspiration from the periodicals, and old timers.
Scootch from No. VA