The first thing you need is a good work space, for me a bench top in the basement. No photo right now because it is quite a mess.
At the risk of boring people, the second is goggles. I am big on safety and always wear goggles when working with power tools.
You have to know what kind of accuracy is need for each cut. Sometimes you don't need really any accuracy, other times the entire project depends on it. Knowing this will help you do good work and be more efficient with your time.
You need an electric drill for when you can't put the specimen under a drill press. I have to say, my gut pushes me to use a hand screw driver over the electric drill whenever I can. I can't let machines have all the fun.
|Assorted hand tools|
Square, it makes things square. Its very frustrating when trying to finish a job and the last joint is off by an inch because the previous one wasn't square.
What did people do without shop-vacs, sweep? That's crazy. I like a clean work space and often work in an old pair of sandals (oops) and don't like getting saw dust on my feet.
I am endowed with a number of other handy tools, but these are some of the most helpful. Rest assured, all of my work is with these, nothing fancy here. The biggest thing to learn is how to use them, and use them well. I cant say I know how for all of the tools. My attitude is keep using them and trying and you will learn.