Yeah but Henry, you have to realize that you're an extraordinary type of person who possesses this very elusive thing called PATIENCE...if you need proof just check your hamper journal. For normal humans, especially Americans, this is highly irregular and waiting for anything is beyond comprehension. I speak for these normal humans...I am among them. You, on the other hand, are a pod. Now get back to your carving...I'm losing patience waiting for you to finish that thing.
The point is that it is possible to build up a tool collection a few bucks at a time. All the tools I now own probably add up to a few thousand, but that cost has been spread out over six years. If I had believed that I needed your "big five" plus dust collection plus the cost of an electrician to rewire the garage etc. and possibly even moving house to a place with more shop space, before I even cut a board in half. I never would have started woodwork at all - I would have just paid someone else to custom make the piece of furniture I was wanting, and moved on to another hobby. Would have got a better piece of furniture out of it too.
Great looking chair so far Kev! I can't believe I missed the start of this build. A sculpted chair is on my bucket list for sure. Nicely done! I am kind of surprised that you went with BF for this project especially using walnut. I have noticed that not only is walnut really expensive but its very hit and miss these days. If you have never been to Edensaw, you need to go. Worth the trip to PT, their selection is bigger than anything I have seen or even heard of.
I forgot to mention that Edensaw also delivers. Maybe not right your area but I think they do deliver to B-Ham.