Mike's advice, IMO, is excellent and "sort of" the way I got
started myself. The only "big" mistake I've ever made was
the purchase of a wood lathe many years ago: I wanted it so
bad I could taste it, was a new homeowner, and had all sorts
of ideas for projects. Long story short, yesterday,
approximately 26 years hence, I finally dis-assembled it and
put it into storage. The ONLY usable thing I ever made on
it was a set of coasters for drink glasses. Oh, and some of
my foster kids have enjoyed just making round "things" out
of square scraps they glued up, but that's it.
So, I guess what I mean is, yeah, don't wait until you
absolutely must have something to buy it, but give fair
consideration to what you'll buy next BEFOREd it's become a
In my case, having the basic tools as you pretty much do
now, I learned as I went along what my next tool should be
as I became disenchanted with making, say, blink dadoes for
shelves on the table saw. Finally bought a cheap router, &
wow! Much faster, better. Now I have a good one - bought
the same way - the cheap one just wasn't capable of the
tools etc. that I needed and after a few work-arounds, well,
Now, I wouldn't ignore lists of tools, etc. from people
either, because they might point out things you hadn't
thought of or didn't realize were available. Just remember,
it's YOU that needs to be satisfied; all anyone else can do
is suggest and give opinions.
As for a planer and jointer and the like I'd say that
unless you have a nearby teacher/advisor and LOTS of known
needs (not just wants) for either, you should wait until you
have the knowledge and experience under your belt so that
you won't need to ask "which is better" and so on - you're
lots more apt to get a tool that fits your needs and your
budget. I always dreamed of having them too, but the
actual, verifiable, tangible requirement for them has neve
arisen; partially because I have a small shop, which means
no room for them, but, ... <g> <sigh> not the budget
Now, if you've got lots of money and a cow barn you can
make a shop in, have at it!
If you want something done quickly,
give it to a busy person.
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