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#1 posted 02-11-2012 12:25 AM

Some people focus on building a shop and some focus on projects and buy what they need (including major tools) as they need it.

There is no wrong way to do it. I ended up doing more building shop than building projects because I always had a fear of ruining good wood and making projects that weren’t as good as I’d want because of a lack of toolage. Ideally, I’d like to have gone the latter route and bought high quality tools as needed, but it just didn’t work that way with my personality.

But in terms of us giving advice, it helps to know which mindset you are. If the shop-building mindset, we can tell you all sorts of great things to buy and put on your wishlist. If you’re more likely to buy stuff as your projects require it, tell us about the next few things you’d like to tackle and we can offer up more specialized recommendations.

Stuff you’ll end up needing regardless of what you make or do, hand or power…
1) good straightedge, longer the better for machinery setup (36”+), shorter for checking boards/handplaning
2) good combo square
3) flat assembly surface
4) clamps

You didn’t list a sander. A random orbit sander is basically a must-have unless you plan on hand-sanding everything. In terms of buying quality like Greg mentioned, you’ll thank yourself for getting a relatively quieter/vibration-free model with good dust extraction.

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