I'm Monty from West Virginia. I worked briefly in a cabinet shop in South Texas, until the wife got homesick for West Virginia and we moved here to keep her happy. That was over 20 years ago, and I have forgotten most of what I learned.
I build a lot of "outdoor" weekend projects, such as a 16 x 20 two-story shed? barn? to store my tractor and tools in. I also built the wife her dream gazebo a few years back as well as a cedar yard swing. Most of my projects start out that way. The Mrs. says "I wish I had______. She's spoiled. And what's worse is, she knows it.
Most of our children are grown and lately the wife has been asking for more intricately detailed projects like sewing boxes, curio cabinets, stand alone microwave cabinets.
I have a cheap Craftsman router (don't laugh, it does what I need it to do, well it does what I ask of it). I told the wife that I don't have the tools to build the things she wants. A circular saw and framing nailer aren't exactly the tools of choice for building a sewing box. So, for Christmas she bought me a Kreg pocket hole jig, and a Craftsman router table...bless her heart. I don't even have a table saw.
I have an empty mobile home on the property that I gutted when I bought the place. It's dry and has a new floor. So, it's going to become a wood shop of sorts. You make do with what you have, right?
I guess my first order of business is to get a table saw. After that will be a new router with more power than mine, then I'll build the "Ultimate Router Table" from the plans I found linked to from this site.
I'll have some questions when I get to that point. Until then, I'll be doing some reading.