Here are some tips to help you possibly save some money or put it where you need it more. I like tools :)
- A corded drill (cordless sucks unless you can't get to an outlet) will be just fine for 99.9% of drilling if you practice and learn how to keep it straight. A drill press is nice to have but a good hand drill is more versatile.
- Stick to a normal punch and a hammer, you have way more control over the marks
- Digital calipers are OK but I don't trust them and you need to always re-zero them. A 6" dial caliper is all you need (mine is a Mac tools one worth 50 bucks) but you will need to learn how to read it. From what I've seen they are way less of a headache in the end and I've used both dial and electronic.
- Usually countersinks are one huge size and you go as deep as you need, stop, re-check, etc. They are categorized by the degree of the cut, get whatever angle your screw heads are. Most screws are 30-some degrees but don't quote me on that. I can't say for sure what the head angle is off the top of my head but you only need one countersink
- You can use any drill bit larger than the hole you made for de-burring (spin it by hand a few times)
- For a rotary tool don't go with the Dremel. Many have had bad experiences, myself included. Stick to the one you have in your list and use as many Dremel accessories with it as you can fit (the accessories have always been good to me). I've been using a $40 knockoff rotary tool and it's been WAY better than the high dollar Dremel, to put things in perspective.
- For a file set get this (http://www.amazon.ca/Nicholson-Gen-Files-File-Sets/dp/B00018ADSA/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1385851073&sr=1-3&keywords=nicholson+file+set) along with a full sized Flat Smooth and stick to known brands. I've worked with Nicholson for years. Also get a set of needle files. Can't go wrong with too many files.
- Fin snips are not needed most of the time unless you're doing construction because the cuts are rough and it bends the metal. Use the rotary tool for most cuts
- Invest in a large and good quality set of drill bits, take care of them and they will last for years (not cheap though, a full set is over $100)
- Get some cutting oil or gun oil for drilling and cutting hard materials
- Safety glasses and face shield, always wear at least the glasses even when just drilling or soldering. You only have one set of eyes.
- If you don't have a 6" bench vise with soft jaws (mine are home made from wood and glue), get one.
- Get as many different sized clamps and C-clamps as you can afford, they always come in handy.
- Get a variety of quality sand paper and keep it after it wears out. You can still use worn pieces to do final polishing on things as it won't remove much material.
- nikongod is right about the square, they come in handy!
That's about it, hope it helps! Buying all these at once would be quite expensive but just get what you need now and keep adding tools to the collection. Took me years to be able to make pretty much anything in my garage.
Edited by ady1989 - 11/30/13 at 2:55pm