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#1 posted 04-15-2011 01:58 PM

It sounds like your first project is the workbench in which case the power tools you will absolutely need are different then if your first project were the bookcase. Most of the time there is a recommendation to ease into woodworking as tool purchases go so you don’t end up with several thousand dollars in tools and then decide you don’t really like woodworking or just don’t have time for it.

Workbenches have a pretty big sliding scale for how elaborate they can be, all the way from an old or new solid core door on a couple of saw horses (doors are very flat and make good surfaces), to extremely well built workbenches made out of exotic hardwoods.

If you plan to use finished lumber when you start then say Tedstor’s recommendations for just buying portable power tools is the way to go, at least till you have a few projects under your belt and you can be sure you will be keeping the hobby around. If you plan to use unfinished lumber then you are going to need a table saw, planer and jointer as well as a hand drill, router and a bunch of clamps at the very least.

When I started I bought used tools for literally 1/5th the cost I would have spent on new tools and that worked out extremely well. Of course I had to put a lot of work into most of them to get them fully functional but I enjoyed doing it. If you don’t want to do that then you will be buying either new or very recently new tools in which case which way you go will probably be determined by both how much money and how much space you wish to put into it.

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