A dremel for sure, with lots of bits A computer for research( although not necessarily by the workstation) standard fasteners Cutting tools (precision etc) It depends on what you want to build, I'd recommend just looking for projects you'd like to make and buy the necessary tools as you need them.
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Second the recommendation to start with the basic tools you'd use around the house anyway, and add tools when you have a specific project that needs them. Remember, the more money you spend on tools the less money you have to buy parts/materials to actually do the projects.... and fancier tools generally don't actually let you do more, they just let you do it more easily and faster.
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Gotta have a good vise and plenty of power outlets.
1 Stable workbench 2 Large vice, with nice parallel holders 3 Multiple electric outlets 4 Variable power supply 5 Old computer 6 most important: Space and order 7 Comfortable chair/ seat 8 Great illumination 9 Magnifiers, reading glasses, stereo microscope 10 Paper, pencils and a whiteboard 11 no phone
You budget has an impact as does the space you have available. Look to the right of this question for some good ideas.
Variable power supply.