Look, lets be honest...
Before u start anything serious, you must fill out your workspace with must-have tools.
Steampunk is primarily a maker culture, no matter what others try to define. From '60s, steampunk was allways languished in obscurity until mid - 2000's, the point where costuming kicks in, providing the tangible leap into popularization and expansion among crafters and likeminded individuals.
Beside tools, certain skills are necessary!
Personally, Im handling just part of this list yet Ive never seen anyone mastering whole list:
I will share with everyone what I can in terms of skill lvl
* Thrifting is more than usefull location scouting where you collect your parts, vanity items or rare trinkets thats gonna be used in DIY crafting. Locations can vary from second hand shops, vintage clothing stores...Its really matter of management art.
* Woodworking can contain lots of expensive powertools but its not a rule that you must follow. I was allways planning ahead and managed to achieve solid results with just a few tools like Band saw, Belt sander & Drill [with variety of bits].
Please be extra carefull with these power tools becouse they can very dangerous in untrained hands.
* Metalworking must not be considered lightly! Especially in Steampunk DIY, becouse youre gonna alter and shape lots of pre-existing metals & strong materials. The very first tool you must have is Dremel, usefull for cutting, grinding and polishing. Beside Dremel, a Bench grinder [two wheels] for buffing, polishing...Lets not forget Torch for brazing. Brazing is essentially next after soldering in terms of strength, but it's not as good as full-on welding.
Whatever you use out of this tools, keep in mind allways to wear heavy duty protection gear. Pls