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#1 posted 12-21-2013 10:33 PM

When I was in my pre-teens, I was a tool junkie. I bought quality tools with whatever money I had. At least once a week, I bought a new tool. I was around when tools were proudly made in America and steam locomotives were still in use. I’ve workied with tools since I was 8. I’m now 79. I still have some of the tools I bought way back and I’m glad I did. The quality of tools were way better than todays tools. I have had all these years to gain the experience that you will acquire now that you are in it. But don’t just go out and buy everything in sight. Do your research and buy only what you really need. Remember, “you get what you pay for”. Don’t expect a cheap tool to perform as well as a more expensive tool. I think by reading these forums, you have gotten a good idea as to what tools make happy campers. Don’t get too excited by the big box stores. They cater to the typical homeowner and contractor; not to the serious woodworker. One other bit of advise I have to offer; we use lots of fasteners; bolts, screws, nuts, etc. If you think you will be using a lot of one kind of fastener, buy them in bulk from places like McMaster-Carr or Fastenall. The blister packs sold in the big box stores can cost 3 to 4 times more than in bulk. Same with drill bits. Buy only the ones that you will be using regularily and then buy the best. A good 29 piece drill bit set can cost as much as $130, but many sizes never get used. Also get a cheap set of drill bits for jobs that don’t require a good finish, like pilot holes. For good woodworking, get a quality brad point set. HSS would be best though more expensive. It’s really hard for me to give advice as we live in a world much changed from the world I came from. It was easy to know and find quality tools 50+ years ago, but so much more difficult today with the junk that is flooding the market.

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