Today began like any other day, with a cup of coffee sitting in front of my computer and seeing what's going in the world. Then it happens, I go to my emails and get the age old question. " I want to get into woodworking. What tools do I need to get started ? " And going back through everything I have published I quickly realized I have never addressed this question before, I have not even touched on the subject.
Now looking at a question like this I can understand how it could be intimidating to walk into the shop of someone who has been woodworking for years. All the power tools, the hand tools, the jigs, and then the work bench and the walls covered with everything from clamps to templates, it's a lot to take in.
But I think the intimidation comes from the simple over sight that you are standing in a shop that is built from years of various projects, filled with the tools collected to complete each one of those projects. With this in mind my best advise is to decide what you want to build, then it's just a question of what tools do you need to build that project and that's where the tool buying should start.