Deciding on what tools to get first is very hard, especially when you have no idea what kind of woodworking projects you’re going to be doing or what you like. And the overwhelming number of choices you have does not make the choosing process any easier. All this information usually will confuse you and you’re better off just buying something, even if that decision turns out to be wrong. You might reasonably ask, how can making better decision result in me being better off? To which I would reply that the energy and time you spend on making perfect decision can be better used in a way that will allow you to make few bad decisions and still get ahead. But I’m getting off topic and let’s get back to reviewing your situations and simplifying your choices to the bare minnimum.

On one hand, you have power tools like circular saws and table saws, which are the most popular tools among woodworkers right now. Especially the circular saw, because it’s functionality is very versatile and you can do a lot of projects with good mini circular saw alone. Plus, they’re much cheaper than table saws and hand tools, especially if you’re open to buying used tools. Used circular saws can cost as low as twenty or thirty dollars, so they are objectionally perfect tools for budget concerned people. Table saws,  which are just as useful and almost as popular, are much more expensive and not very portable, as they take a lot of space. So if you have limited space or live in an apartment, I would rule out the possibility of owning table circular saw. But that’s not the end of the world, as other kind of saws like miter saws can easily do the same job as table saws, sometimes even better than them.

The other option you have is buying hand tools. By hand tools I mean the tools that you can operate using your own strength like hand saw.  I’ll come out and say that I’m not in love with these tools, but despite that I’ll try to stay objective in describing them.  A lot of people are deluded into thinking that hand tools, because they’re much simpler, are cheaper as well. Which is false, because circular saws are produced so massively around the world that even the cost of all that technology is much cheaper than cost of materials that hand saws are made of. Although if you’re some kind of purist and have special thing for doing all your woodworking by hand, I understand why anyone would buy hand tools that are sometimes five times as expensive as simple circular saw. But other than that, I see no point in owning them.