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Perhaps the best way of building up a tool kit is by investing in a few basics at first and then expand upon them as and when certain tools become necessary/justified.  Chisels don’t need to be bought all at once (Simply invest in sizes needed) and the same can be said of planes, etc..  A good #4 and/or #5 hand plane will serve you well, but you don’t need to pay big bucks to get started on the right track.  Paul has some excellent information on Youtube regarding fettling ebay bought hand planes, as well as other projects and approaches to getting started. 🙂


For those with limited space/facilities, I’d recommend possibly reading up on Japanese planing beams, as well as how to make a saw horse (English style) /trestles.