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Here are some pictures of my tools in my garage. I hope that by Spring Break (April) I will have converted a section into a beginner’s workshop. I purchased all the tools used either at garage sales or on Craigslist. Everything pictured cost be less than $250 in total.

Craftsman 9” Bench Drill Press ($25), Ryobi AP1301 13” Bench Planer ($75), Skil 10” Bench Table Saw ($50), Craftsman 4 1/8” Joiner ($45), Hitachi 10” Compund Miter Saw ($50).

I also have a bunch of power tools that I have purchased over the last year for projects around the house: Circular saw, Routers (Bosch and Ryobi), Hand Drills (Black and Decker, 18v Mikita Drill and Impact Driver set),
Bosch Jigsaw, etc.

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#1 posted 1629 days ago

Nice shop, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 1629 days ago

It looks like you have the basic tools that you need. And you have put together a pretty nice collection while not spending a ton of money on tools.

Thanks for the pictures. It was nice to take a tour of your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 1629 days ago

Great start on your tool collection

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1628 days ago

Hey DYI,
Good start, now have some fun.

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#5 posted 1628 days ago

Great start! And a fellow bargain hunter. You definately beat me in a LOT of areas though. I have that same planer and paid a LOT more than what you did. Hope you are as happy with yours as I am with mine…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 1628 days ago

Very nice shop, clean and organized.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 1628 days ago

Nice start..Now you gotta get that stuff DIRTY!

-- bill

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#8 posted 1628 days ago

You’re smart to have bought what you bought, and how you bought it. You took time, figured out your needs, and then looked for bargains.


But you, my friend, are going to run out of workbench space even before I will :-)

Is that an engineered stone countertop, or a laminate??

I’ve already gotten a good plan for a “real” workbench. It may have to be the next thing I build.

Welcome. Good to have you along!

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 1628 days ago

Hey Neil,

I think I was plain luckey on the equipment.

The top of the bench is 4 foot prelaminate top from Home Depot. It still serves it purpose as a tool gathering site. The main workbench is 10 feet long and it is against the back wall of the garage. You can see it in the blog post about a new workbench. I’m thinking about converting into my miter station.

I’m still looking for a “good plan” to meet my anticipated needs. I was thinking about a 8 to 10 foot bench to be placed in the middle of the garage/workshop that I can workaround along with a small movable tool cart for the other tools.

Thanks for the kind words.

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#10 posted 1628 days ago

It starts with a few tools then next thing you know you have more tools than you can count!!! I agree you have a good start on your collection.
Good luck and welcome.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#11 posted 1620 days ago

Woodworkin’ the 805 How I miss it there. Originally from Ventura. Keep up the good work.


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#12 posted 1593 days ago

Great start to your shop! The only problem I see its to clean and no saw dust :>) I look fwd to future pics.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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