I was just on another topic and it occured to me that I have a particular list of tools that I keep on hand. I am always doing projects and live alone therefore I have over time resisted going overboard with tools I keep. If I need something more substantial or for a one time project I rent: A short list of power tools I keep around: 1. Skill saw. (Miter and complicated cuts can be accomplished with practice) 2. Drill motor. (if given a choice I use screws every time) 3. Roto Zip. (will do most jobs a scroll saw will do and a thousand more) 4. shop light with a clamp or a hook I dont do battery powered tools because I forget to keep the dang things plugged in. I do have about a thousand feet of power cord though.... Then for those projects where you need a second set of hands: 1. C clamps 2. Wood clamps 3. Bungee cords 4. Duct tape (duck tape held my truck together for a very long time) 5. Vise grips All of the above can be purchased at Harbor Frieght for half the cost of a home depot or Lowes. and for the amount of use I give them they are quite suitable for my needs. any more ideas?