I would vote for a good hammer or two. My favorite is my two-ended
forming hammer, like number 112-408 in Rio (pg 210), though my first
beloved hammer is a small cheap ball peen that I reshaped and
If you want power tools, and not too much money, I love my Black &
Decker belt sander. It cost very little at the home center (c $20?),
and is intended for hand use, but it comes with a pair of clamps to
attach it to a surface upside down (with the belt up). Just use ear
I must say, though, if your family can be a bit more extravagant, a
bench shear is really nice to have, as is, of course, a rolling mill
or a buffing machine. I pretty much do my buffing with my flexshaft,
but I don’t buff much. A tumbler is very useful. It boils down to
what kind of work you do!
Actually, what you probably need most is a vent syastem, if you
don’t have one. I would put that top priority after a torch.