Hello, all.

So, I have recently purchased a house, and am working to (slowly) build my power tools collection. Right now, I am stuck with what I had while in an apartment, which is just a very pathetic drill, a very small reciprocating saw, a sheet sander and a circular saw.

I'll likely be getting a Ryobi One+ drill for Christmas, and once income tax returns are filed and come back, I'll probably be getting a table saw, and maybe a scroll saw.

So, I guess my question is two fold:

1) Would that be enough to get me going?  I mean, I know these things used to be made from broom handles, but I want to make something decent, at least.

2) As I grow my tools, what should I look at getting?  Keep in mind, I can't drop $500 on a single tool, so I'd be looking at $100-$200ish for the tools.

Any advice will be helpful.


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here is something I put togetherhttps://youtu.be/A3B-REk0aJU

I've see a lot of how to/lessons etc video's over the past year plus, and this has to be one of the most useful, informative yet simple and well made video's I've had the pleasure, might be laying it on a little thick, but take a bow...seriously. Thank you!

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fixed the link for you

Good stuff! Anything to make the laborious tasks go faster helps.

Hi, I think I fit into both camps when it comes to hand tools and machine tools.

I like to use both, and over the years have collected all the hand tools and machines I could ever need.

When doing work for other people it’s important to do the best work one can, so if a machine gives me a clean accurate job quickly, that’s the way I go. Time saved using machines gives me more time for work with hand tools.


When I was doing my trade in London UK, many, many years ago, it was a mix of a few machines and many hand tools at the bench. I remember thinking then, how can someone afford to pay me to sit here shaping away with these chisels, gouges and sandpaper, but they did…….but not for long.


When I came to Australia and worked in the same trade, I did not even need my tool box. That’s why I started building/repairing stringed instruments, to keep my skills.

I still sharpen my chisels to the point where they will shave the hairs off my arm.

Sorry to ramble on.

I would hate to do all his by hand. Also showing a fraction of my handtools


thats one nice piece of wood you have there... 

the tools are nice too.. lol

How's the tool collection going?

It's going very well.

I now have a Rigid 10" miter saw, a Ryobi 10" table saw, a jig saw and a random orbit sander from Harbor Freight (forgot the brand name).  Next up is a scroll saw and a router. 

That may be all I need.  I might get a small Harbor Freight drill press at some point, but I inherited a mechanism that I can strap a drill into and use it like a drill press.  It's actually spring loaded at the bottom.  Not sure how old it is, but it works.

BTW, I left ya a message on your wall, sir.


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