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Basic start-up tool list? : woodworking

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I'm in a very similar situation. I've recently been drawn to pursue woodworking as more of a full-time hobby was faced with a similar dilemma as you. I already had some of the basic rough carpentry tools, (hammers, saws, drills, ect.) but none of the tools that would be needed for “finer” woodworking.

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My specific tool needs were determined my own specific circumstances, and woodworking interests. Since I am young single individual who will likely be moving several times and living in small apartments for several more years, large power-tools were out of the question, and even some of the handheld power tools were ill-advised due to potential noise issues, as a result I went the had tool route; and since my own personal woodworking interests lean towards furniture making my choice of tools partially reflects that.

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At present my woodworking toolkit consists of a #4 smoothing plane, tenon saw, coping saw, 4pc chisel set, combination square, sliding bevel, mortise gauge, chisel hammer, general purpose panel saw, a small assortment of clamps, and a set of sharpening stones. This is in addition to all the general household tools that you can find in every toolbox (carpenters hammer, screwdrivers, tape measures, pliers, cordless drill ect.)

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With these tools I am able to tackle modest projects while I continue building my skills, and was able purchase them all for just a few hundred dollars (which as also a factor considering my income). While I could have gotten them cheaper by restoring vintage tools or going with slightly cheaper brands, I didn't want that added variable introduced to my woodworking of having to worry about my tools functioning properly. By starting off with good quality tools, I can focus on improving my technique rather than worrying as the tools. In the future I will likely go the vintage tool route once I am confident enough in my own skills to be able to worry about restoring vintage tools.

Going forward I am planning to purchase a couple more tools to round out my basic toolkit such as: a hand router, spokeshave, cabinet scrapers, and some shaping tools such as rasps and carving chisels/gouges, oh and of course clamps, I never have enough clamps.

When planning out my toolkit, one of the big influences was Paul Sellers Blog I really like how he emphasizes being able to do complex projects with only a small number of tools. His concept of Ten Hand Tools, Three Joints was especially helpful as a starting point.

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