I was/am in the same boat as the person who posted the original question.
I am also new to working with wood.
(This might be a long read but if you are new to working with wood, I think it's valuable info. I might not be 100% correct with my info, but I do think I'm on the right track.)
I thought it we be clever to buy everything, and not just everything, but the best of...
After a few cuts with my new 'balls and all' table saw I realised I had made a mistake.
I am today going to speak with the store from which it was purchased to see if I can arrange to return it and buy other tools (I have (maybe after this...had) a good relationship with the store so...). I believe I will still need a table saw but... I will supply what I consider to be the reasons and then what I will be using as replacements -
If you are just after 1 tool, I truly believe you stretch that to 2 saws, a circular saw and a jig saw is definitely the way to go. If you go that way, you can, quite easily built a house for the circular saw to be turned upside down to be converted to a table saw. Likewise the jig saw (that way may present some dangerous scenarios from both saws). You really aren't offering up enough moolah to do want you want... For what you are wanting, you really need to spend more money. Bit by bit... Other than the options I have provided here, bit by bit is the only way to do it.
A) Table Saw - After destroying most of the stock I purchased for my first job with the table saw using large board, I realised I could do much straighter cuts with a circular saw and a long clamp-on straight edge for the saw to run along while sawing. I will still need a table saw but a much cheaper and smaller bench top unit, and it will be mainly used for cutting board, only part of the way through, to make drawers and also for other joint types. I have limited space so changing my table saw is going to be just great all round.
Also, I have discovered that if I wish to use the tool for doing things that I believed I could use it for, I will first need to make a bunch of different jigs which is going to be a right pain before I can do any of the stuff I believed possible when I first purchased it.
The Table Saw Conclusion - In my limited opinion, unless you are a professional with specific needs, you only need a cheap baby saw - not a pathetic bargain basement saw, but nothing near extravagant. Maybe, in AUD$, under $200?
B) Mitre Saw - This is an important part of the wookshop. I have a silding double bevel saw which is still in the box, but I do believe that, when I'm finished with my first 'board' job, it will be used often for cutting 'always perfect' 90 degree cuts, and cuts of any angle between 45 & 90 degrees. Also, as well as cutting angles, it can cut, at the same angles mentioned above, beveled cuts. Mine is a good quality saw capable of cutting timber 90mm (3") thick and 340mm (13 1/2") wide (depending on the types of cuts). You don't need one as big as mine, I really only went that big because it was on sale.
Again, I have little experience, but I do believe that this will prove to be a valuable resourse. Maybe, in AUD$, under $120?
C) Band Saw - I'm yet to buy one, and I'm still reseaching scroll saws as well because I don't think a big saw is necessary, however, I'm pretty sure the jig saw will win out, but when I do, I have my eye on a reasonable, though very far from high end, saw for around $150 (AUD$).
This saw will be used for things the other saws can't tackle, and other obvious jobs.
OVERALL CONCLUSION -
Again, I'm still new to this myself but maybe a little ahead of the person who asked the question in the opening post. The following list contains the tools, their quality, their sizes, etc. which I see as important. Especially those which can save you having to go through the hassle of constructing big, awkward, rare and detailed jigs, and also getting the right tools that don't require a huge workshop and won't take up a lot of space; especially important because most of the time they aren't even being used (This bloody huge table saw sitting in the middle of my shop taking up most of - what was - my free space, is the best example). Even if you decide to take up my ideas, even though I am happy using cheaper tools,I strongly suggest paying out for quality blades/bits -
- A smallish table saw - preferably one which can be put away in a shelf when not in use.
- A smallish band saw - the reason used in number 1 fits perfectly here, too.
- A half decent mitre saw. In my opinion, and because of reducing the sixe of the saws mentioned above, this is where to spend a few extra bucks and get a sliding, double bevel type with at least a 200mm (8") blade.
- A jig saw. Just a small one, there's no need to go overboard here - quality blades a must.
- A circular saw. Using the same logic as in number 4.
- Some good, long 2M+ (7'+) Straight edge clamps to use as a fence, or to guide the hand-held power tools when long, straight cuts are required.
- A router. Again, nothing fancy here. Try to get quality bits. That is, unless you plan on being fancy, in which case, I guess you'll know what you'll need.
- Measuring tools. I understand that we all know this stuff. Still, some good squares (when I say good, I mean cheap, but not nasty. Tri-square, Speed-squares, a big/long T-square, etc.. the big/long T-square is very important when working on large board.
- All of the opinions/reasons are mine, for home whokshop use, based on my limited experience and very costly trial and error.
My conversions from current measurements to older imperial measurements may not be accurate. It is made very, very difficult with America refusing to update to current, worldwide standards. Americans may think the rest of the world is wrong but, with the USA and only 2 other countries in the whole world still clinging to the old imperial units, the overwhelming majority are not wrong. By the way, Americans... The 2 other countries worldwide clinging to imperial units are Liberia and Myanmar. Don't take this as me insulting your country, I, most certainly, am not. Australia would be gone, and the land would now a be part of the Imperial Japanese Empire if it wasn't for you and your might, and the huge price you paid for us. Everybody has paid the toll in that tragedy, but your navy saved the world.
C'mon, get your act together... Start using metric, imperial measurements have been defeated.
1mm x 1000 =1 metre
X 1000 = 1 Kilometre
1 gram x 1000 Kilogram
X 1000 = 1 metric Tonne
1 byte x 1000 = 1 Kilobyte
X 1000 = 1 Megabyte
0 degrees C water freezes
100 degrees C water boils
It's just so simple.
Anyway, I am unsure how far the person who made the OP has come since making that post, they're maybe now far ahead of me. That said, this was one of the first results listed when using Google so I thought that if my reply isn't of help to the OP, maybe it might help others facing the same question well into the future...Maybe...
OH... SAFETY... A BAND SAW IS BY FAR THE MOST DANGEROUS!
THEY ARE BOTH HORRORS BUT A BAND SAW IS BY FAR THE WORST.
My father worked in a mill for 20 years... He has lost count of the fingers he has had to pick up for other people, I am being literal.
This is first hand (I guess second hand, but still..) knowledge from someone who was there...
Maybe I didn't introduce my experience correctly. I actually have a very diverse skill set credited to a diverse employment background. I have quite extensive knowledge on a lot of the products needed to build, say, a comprehensive home workshop. My experience though, is more about product rather than usage.
I have been on the 'pen end' of a lot of this stuff. I have used everything one could possibly imagine when it comes to woodworking/building, just nothing like the hours of someone who does this for a living or someone who has used a home workshop for 20 years.
A lot of my 'so called' experience comes from purchasing. I'm white collar, without much "hands-on" time.
However, I now have the opportunity to get my hands dirty.
I know quite a lot and, at the same time, very little... If you get my meaning...
I guess, maybe someone could correct me, and help me at the same time as helping the OP.
Wow... What a way to introduce myself.
Thank you for reading.
I hope it helps someone.