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Hi everyone…
I am putting together a list of things I need to have as a beginner woodworker. Some of these I already have but need to add to the collection. I saw this on another forum and wanted opinions if it was good or not. Obviously, it is not all inclusive but I hope it would be a good starting point to begin a collection. Thanks for the input!

claw hammer
ball pein hammer
tack hammer
wood mallet
rubber mallet

3 pc. set of nail sets

Bevel edge wood chisels
1/4 inch
1/2 inch
3/4 inch
1 inch
add 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 when you can

1/4 inch mortise chisel and add 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch as soon as possible

hand crosscut saw
hand rip saw
14 inch back saw
10 - 12 inch dovetail saw
keyhole saw
coping saw

egg beater drill
drill bits - 1/16 - 3/8 by 16ths to start and add to when you can
auger bits - 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 1 to start and then add to when you can

6 inch try square
9 inch try square
combination square
sliding t bevel - can possibly make
combination mortise and marking guage - can possibly make
marking knife - can possibly make
rafter square
plumb bob

scratch awl - can possibly make
6 inch steel rule
12 inch steel rule
18 inch steel rule
compass - can possibly make
depth guage - can possibly make - use rules
6 ft extension rule
12 ft tape measure
One or two wood levels would be nice - maybe 24 to 48 inch range.

Several straight edges wood be handy to have; you can start out with the steel rules.

pocket knife
utility knife
putty scrapers

block plane
smoothing plane #3 or #4
jack plane #5 #6 plane
cabinet scrapers
add some cabinet shoulder planes when you can

draw knife - add a curved draw knife when you can
flat spokeshave
convex spokeshave

choice of sharpening tools:
water stones, arkansas stones, etc.
leather strop

9 in half round bastard file
12 inch half round bastard file
several mill files
file card

Files are useful so add to these when you can. If you want to do this right you will need to have the files that you need to sharpen your saws. You can make a saw vice that works with your cabinet vice. You will also need a saw set. You can start out by paying someone to sharpen them when needed.

1 set screwdrivers
1 set combination wrenches
1 set allen wrenches
1 pr pliers
1 pr vise grips


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It's a hell of a start. Could do just about anything with that set.