The jointer will give you a flat surface to put against the fence of
many other tools. Band saws will allow you to rip the wood to the
dimensions you need. The table saw (most important tool) will handle
all crosscuts and many finishing cuts. The Planer will make the top and
bottom of the wood parallel. Planers can reduce the width of wood in
very fine increments.
that's at least
$700 in tools!
It may seem
like a lot of money, here's some perspective.
I made a door for my mother for Christmas, the wood cost $100, it cost
$40 to get it milled to size. The project I plan to start this summer is
going to run around $400 in wood. -- That's 160 in milling costs. Many
of the tools do multiple things. I recommend purchasing one tool at a
time, when you can afford to. I would start with a table saw, and
upgrade as the need arises. Bandsaws are great for bent venire projects
and cutting assembled projects. Planers and jointers are mainly used
in the milling process, but have many uses when preparing to assemble a
project (butcher blocks).
There are also many specialized power tools that are incredibly