I thought long and hard about posting this at all, but I have finally decided to cave. While this kit will not work quickly as a set of properly set up tools, some of us are limited in the amount of tools we can get when we start out. For the ultra cheap (guilty by the way) here is the starter kit for you minus any frills, add the tools you need as you go.
Jack plane 3 blades (straight, light camber, heavy camber), If you go this route I really don’t recommend wooden planes since you can’t adjust the mount opening easily.
1/4 inch mortise chisel (worth the stinking money…please trust me) however if you cannot afford it you can drill out the waste and pare out the rest, if you do this you cannot skimp on the brad point bits as they are the only way to get accurate holes)
3/4 or 3/8 bevel edge chisel (Since you are not grabbing a block plane I might recommend you snag a full set of Irwin chisels and tune them up, but the one should do.)
Hand drill with 1/4 and 1/8 brad point bits (if you sprung for a good mortise chisel you can get by with twist bits…I do fyi)
Slotted screwdrivers to fit screws on project
8tpi crosscut saw
15 TPI dovetail saw (you can buy this from sears but you will have to tune it up) or a tenon saw.
12 combo square (use the awl in the heel of the handle as your marking knife)
Marking gauge (this tool can’t be avoided but you can go with the cheaper pin style gauges…just get one that holds steady and file the pin so that it cuts rather than wedges the wood)
2 12” f style
4 long clamps for panel glue ups
Oh and for anyone getting into this you have to decide on one more thing…
How the heck are you going to keep all these tools sharp? (to be continued)
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan