What are essential tools needed for new DIYer for pallet projects?

I am recently retired and am beginning to obtain tools. My biggest interest is working with pallets. My storage building is being transformed into a shop. I have a limited budget and need the biggest bang for my bucks.
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  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on May 24, 2017
    Hammer , pry bar, screwdrivers both flathead and crossed , table saw, mouse (hand held sander), some quality paint brushes . You can aquire the rest as needed (paint , stain, polyurethane, etc.) We have saw horses but almost never use them . Seems like every time we have to cut something , it gets placed on edge of the table in garage . It's whatever you're comfortable working with .
  • Eaglehook159 Eaglehook159 on May 24, 2017
    If your on a limited budget,you don't have to have a table saw. I started out with a hand held circular saw.You can make a cutting guide from plywood and get accurate cuts with that, You will also need some clamps. Always hold your work piece down when cutting. Check out the websites for Wood magzine, Woodworkers Journal, Shopnotes for tips and techniques. Also check out Rockler Woodworking Supply for tools ,parts and accesories. Good luck and have fun.
  • Theresa Beauchamp Theresa Beauchamp on May 24, 2017
    A reciprocal saw cuts them apart in no time. It cuts right through the nails cutting the boards apart without damaging the wood. Then you can work around the nails still in the wood. Most of them will not be in your way leaving you the whole length of board to work with. It's fast and accurate. I've cut many dozens of them.
  • 4554290 4554290 on May 24, 2017
    I agree with Theresa, the reciprocating saw is best. It will give you more time to design and build. Tearing palettes apart is tedious.
  • Karen Jones Karen Jones on May 24, 2017
    Thanks to each of you. You've given me a good start!
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