If you have a bunch of tools in your shed you probably have a favourite one. Is it a plunge saw, a router or is it a set of chisels? My favourite would be my cordless drill. I am a cabinetmaker by trade and my area of expertiseleans towards kitchen and flat panel joinery. Cordless drills are a necessity in the kitchen industry. My cordless drill is great, and a little bit fun because it has quick release attachments.
This stuff makes getting in to tight spaces really easy.
Another one of my favourite woodworking tools would be my biscuit joiner, I can just about join anything togetherwith it. Its great for joining miters because when it comes to the glueing and clamping process, I can get a neat and flush join because of an angle adjustable stop.
My favourite hand tool would be my block plane, its asmall version of the no.4 hand plane that fits in the palmof your hand. It comes in handy for little jobs like arrissing timber mouldings and easily stores in the top tray of my tool box.
Every time we go to the hardware store my wife has totear me away from the tool section. My woodworking tool collection would be 3 times the size it is now if I wasntmarried. I truly love shopping for woodworking tools, its a pity they are just so expensive. There are many supercheap manufacturers, but the quality just isnt suitable for trade use. Ive tried cheap tools like angle grinders andsanders from time to time and found immediately that the quality of the machine is just not anywhere near thosemade by reputable companies. I did only pay $15 each for these tools so the quality is obviously not going to be tothe same standard as a $120 tool. I suppose if you are on a tight budget or maybe it is something that you only useonce or twice a year, these more affordable versions might be just for you.
Timber furniture is more of a passion for me. I dont get towork too much with solid timber because my wife prefers modern white painted furniture, so I make most of my projects from mdf. I do have an old timber china cabinetwith lead light glass that Im restoring. I found it at a yardsale and got it pretty cheap. It had a few coats of paint on it and even the glass had been painted. Yard sales are a great way to find these little gems, but it does take some patience and persistence. I have also picked up lots woodworking tools at these types of sales.
I dont yet have a shed big enough to set up any static woodworking machinery so I have to do all my work with hand and power tools. I usually buy my timber dressed tosize if I can. There are lots of cabinet makers in my town so if I need some timber to be dressed or large panels to be put through a drum sander I take it to them. There is apretty good range of aluminium tables and stands that canintegrated with the plunge saws and routers, but for now I have to make do with a pair of saw horses and a sheet of board for a work bench.