For those of you who are new to woodworking and mostly have used hand held tools so far, may be would like to try some stationary power tools.
The stationary tools you should be buying first are drill press and a table saw. Don’t bother about getting a big and expensive drill press. There is not much difference between a good drill press and a cheap drill press; in fact it is better to have cheap drill press than not having drill press at all. I started with a cheap drill press and it worked fine for me for a very long time.
On the contrary, same cannot be said about table saw. Cheap bench-top table saws are terrible and can never make a clean cut. The good quality bench-top saw cost almost equal to contractor saw.
A Contract saws is a type of table saw that have motor at its back and is open from bottom. It is usually made of cast iron and is actually a good machine for its price. Hybrid saws are another good woodworking machine.
They are similar to contractor saw, with only difference is that its motor is positioned in the cabinet instead of being at back like contractor saw.
For making cleaner cuts with a table saw, you will have to buy a good quality table saw. A good table saw can make smooth cuts that are good enough and require minimum work to get an excellent finishing.
These tools are good enough to make a simple project. One more tools that can be added to the list can be bandsaw.
A bandsaw is a very convenient to use tool that makes cleaner cuts than jigsaw. Though cut it make are not very clean but it can be used when you have to make some quick cuts. Personally I use this tool a lot.
This subject came up when my friend Rishabh, who is a destination wedding photographer by day and an avid DIY guy by night, asked me how it works.
One of the great thing about this tool is it is not scary to use. It may cut your fingers off, if you are too care-less with it but that will be a very slow process.
That will give you a lot of time to remove your finger before it can seriously get hurt. So if you are sacred of using table saw, get a bandsaw and use it for some time to get used to saws.
Once you are good with these stationary power tools, it may be the time to get more advanced power tools like a belt sander or a router. Router is a multipurpose tool, a very nice thing to have in your workshop.
It can be used as both hand-held power tool and stationary power tool. To use it as a stationary power tool it is mounted on a router table upside down.
There are some other tools that you can buy for advanced woodworking. You can purchase a miter saw for making crosscuts.
Although a crosscut sled will do that job better for you. Jointer planner is yet another tool that you can use to join pieces of wood side by side.