An experienced and skilled woodworker will still have all of the basic woodshop tools that he started with. This basic set of tools will provide the woodworker with a core set of tools that will serve him from project to project. Most beginner woodworkers will start with simple projects and then work their way towards more complicated projects such as making hardwood furniture.
A basic set of tools should allow you to work with both reclaimed and rough-cut lumber. This will save you money so that you can purchase better tools down the road. Many building supply stores charge outrageous amounts of money for smooth, dimensioned stock. Purchasing this type of finished stock can cause you to go broke and perhaps give up your newly found hobby of woodworking.
The following list of basic tools are tools recommended by many of the popular woodworking type magazines. Of course, you can modify your list depending on the type of woodworking projects you are doing. It is important to store your woodworking tools properly and therefore it may be wise to construct a tool cabinet as your first project.
The first woodworking tool that you should purchase is a Workmate bench complete with clamps. This type of inexpensive bench will allow you to make smaller items until you can invest in a large, furniture-making workbench. Some tools that you may already have include a hammer and some screwdrivers.
A few smaller tools that are part of a basic working tool kit include a wooden mallet, chisels, hand saw, jigsaw, files, rasps, tape measure, and combination square. These smaller tools are very inexpensive and can be purchased either new or used. Some of the medium-sized tools that you will require include a couple of power drills complete with bits, a router with a flush trimming and straight cut bit, a circular saw, and a orbital sander.
The largest item that you will need to purchase is a power joiner and thickness planer. This will be an especially useful tool when working on reclaimed or rough-cut lumber. In fact, it will be almost impossible to do so without this woodworking tool. Not only will it save you time but there really is no other way to flatten the face of reclaimed or rough lumber.
There are many other power tools a you may purchase later on including table saws, miter saws, band saws, and so forth. However, this type of equipment is usually purchased after the beginner has learned the basics about woodworking and wants to progress to the next step. Woodworking is a great hobby that can be enjoyed throughout your entire lifetime and a complete set of basic woodworking tools will contribute to that enjoyment.