Sorry for coming in late on the thread...
To get first:
Basic hand tools: screwdrivers, hammer, tape mesure, level, utility
knife, channel lock pliers, needle nose pliers, vise grip pliers and a
small "tool box saw" Putty knife, and 8" drywall knife
I also recomend one of those "stanley wonder bars" kinda like a
crowbar, but flat steel.
Power tools: Variable speed drill (pref cordless)
To get next:
Framing square, Circular saw, chisels, as many differant kinds of
wrenches you can find, recipricating saw, another drill,
By this point, you will have an idea of what kind of projects you will
be doing, and can gather accordingly.
One note I will add that is differant from what others have said on
here. buy cheap tools to start. For $200.00, you could get one of
almost everything, but the cheap models. As the tools wear out or
break (and they will quickly) replace them with medium to high end
tools. This keeps your inital cost down, and lets you get the better
tools over time. this way, you will also have an idea of what you use
and what you don't. No sence in buying a $200.00 router and use it
once, when you could have had a $30.00 drill, 80.00 router, 40.00
circ saw, and 50.00 of hand tools. when the drill wears out in a year
(or less) then spend a hundred bucks for one and use it forever.
Meanwhile, the 80$ router can sit on the shelf as well as the 200$
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