Howdy Ryan , I was trying to remember a set of books that you would find helpful. Seems like I had found a source on line at one point but now I will have to search for it. I believe if you search for " David J. Gingery" you will find all sorts of really good stuff.
I think this is the set of books I was talking about ? Build a shop from scratch.
If I remember right , it covers the idea that if you start out with very little, some tools and a forge, you can actually build better tools, then one machine after another using those tools. Eventually having a shop full of tools and machines which you have hand built, yourself! Pretty cool idea.