Which tools should a beginner woodworker with a budget of $500 purchase first? The goal is to build a simple workbench, so a set of tools with the greatest versatility to accomplish all the necessary tasks (e.g. jointing edges, ripping, cutting, drilling, etc).
I will attempt to answer this from my experience, but ultimately the answer is very subjective.
Assuming you are starting with nothing, I would recommend:
- Good tape measure
- Hammer (Not a framing hammer, but one with a smooth flat head)
- Retractable box cutter
- Screw drivers (Phillips, Standard/Flat head)
- Chisels (Set of 3 should be good)
- Combination square (12" is what I like)
Beyond this, as far as power tools I would start with:
- Circular saw