Ever since I became interested in woodworking as a hobby (which is not very old, just to point out), I scourged the net for more information. Sadly, there are only few wood working enthusiasts based in India and hence the relevant sources of information were few. Obviously, I had questions about the tools I needed to begin following this hobby and I spent some time trying to find out what all things & tools would be required . At one end of the spectrum I found some people making do with very little in terms of equipment and still turning out amazing stuff. At the other end I found people who had turned the hobby from wood working to collecting tools. There were elaborate drills with scores of drill bits, complete sets of screw drivers, pliers and other assorted stuff. Photographed and adorned on the bulletin boards, they seemed more to do with comparison between school kids about who has the bigger collection.
I am still trying to figure out who got the things right. At some place in the back of the mind, it does seem so “cool” to go ahead and buy a couple of routers and circular saws and such. But till I am able to do justice to the few basic tools I have got, i want to avoid going into that trap. Particularly when it could turn out to be a difficult pursuit and I could end up with tools I am no longer interested in or not able to use.
In my case, I have just got the basic stuff currently. But I would love to hear views about what others think. Does it make sense to pick up projects which can be done with your existing arsenal of tools or should one select a project and buy the tools required to execute it.