Circular saw. More often called a Skilsaw, this workhorse is portable and has endless uses. It cuts softwood, hardwood, concrete, stucco, wood, glass, ceramic tiles, brick and metals. Cut your wall openings, holes for skylights, wood beams, plywood and tops of fence posts with this tool. Be sure to use the correct blade for your project. Blade types are steel, high-speed steel (HSS), diamond, carbide-tipped and abrasive, and each has its own ability.
Band saw. Cutting curves on thick wood is the strength of the band saw, one of the safer power tools to master. Wood is pushed across the blade on an adjustable table. Straight and bevel cuts are also possible. Wood can be stacked to cut several pieces at a time in the same shape, and pieces can be recut thinner and thinner with ease.
Air compressor. Powerful bursts of compressed air supply energy for many tools and applications. Even a small one like this model can pump up bike tires, manage delicate paint airbrushing, blow sawdust from tight spaces, and manage strong pneumatic tools such as finish nail guns, staple guns, wrenches and sanders. A pneumatic nail gun sets tiny finish nails instantly without awkward hammering or dents on the surface of your project.
Jigsaw. Lightweight and maneuverable, a jigsaw's strength is how it cuts curves and makes plunge cuts. It can cut holes in counters for sinks and small precise holes in cabinets for electrical plugs, and it's ideal for craft projects requiring large scrolling or fretwork designs.
Router. The extremely versatile router has a spinning bit that works as a blade for finishing edges, shaping, cutting holes, and making contours and grooves. Details like a raised panel or dovetails on cabinets are possible with a router. The wide variety of bits can create almost any kind of precise finished edge for molding trim, as well as cut circles and make mortise holes, dados, rabbets, bevels and rounded edges.