I have done DIY of one sort or another since I was a kid. My father was constantly building onto and modifying our house and I helped out and learned all that I could. I have done basic carpentry but no fine woodwork. Now that I am nearing retirement age I am getting the itch to do something more detailed. I only used a router once (and it didn't go well) and I have never used a table saw. For the kinds of things that I have in mind (small projects, boxes, shelves) I am thinking that those should be my first 2 tools beyond the basics that I have already. However I have 2 limitations: 1) The only space that I have is in our very small 2-car garage, so everything must be able to be moved out of the way and stored in minimal space. I currently have a 2x4 folding workbench along one wall, and I have to fold it up to get the other car into the garage. Most of the time we only keep one car in the garage but I must be able to move everything so that the 2nd card can fit when needed. 2) Since I am nearing retirement age and will most likely be moving in a few years I don't want to accumulate a lot of large heavy equipment that must be moved. Not only would I not like to move it later on, it would be very hard to get past my wife who insists on not accumulating stuff. With these 2 caveats in mind I think the best thing for me is to get a small portable table saw to start with; I can always get a stationary unit after we move into a larger place. I am looking at the Ridgid r45171 and the Dewalt DW745 units; both are about the same price, not too expensive so that I am wasting my money, and they can be easily stowed away in a small space. I have considered their larger brothers on wheeled stands but they are more costly and hard to justify unless they are really better, which is where your advice would be quite helpful. I know I will be limited by a portable saw (even a larger one) but my space constraints demand it at the moment. I am also looking at the Dewalt and Makita palm routers (with standard and plunge bases). I think if I learned to use a router properly it would be a very useful tool for rounding and dadoing and probably a multitude of other things that I don't even know about yet. I don't think that I need a full size router for what I plan to do at the moment. And of course clamps (all kinds of clamps). I have a few cheap things now but nothing really useful. Considering my limitations does this sound like a reasonable plan, and what are your recommendations for specific models? Thanks in advance for your help. P.S. I have scoured CL with little to show for it. It seems like everything is either too old and an terrible condition or newer but the same price as new. There are probably deals to be had with enough patience but even then I don't really know what to look for. New is probably my best bet.