I think you'll find a lot of Bosch 1617 ESVPK router kit fans around here. Reasonable price, both fixed and plunge bases in the kit. You can use the fixed base in a table, and you can easily make a serviceable table yourself, often from counter scraps and material you can get from a Home Depot or Lowes. You can order a little handle that will let you adjust the height in the table from the top. Bosch tools are among the best in the world, and have superb quality control and customer service.
There are other brands that are quite good, such as DeWalt, PorterCable, Makita, Hitachi, etc, but you won't find a better router than a Bosch 1617 for all around use. There are a number of cheaper brands around half the price of a 1617, but the old truism "you get what you pay for" holds when it comes to precision power tools. The Bosch has 2.25 hp, which is more than adequate for all uses and has a speed control. I like the knobs on the fixed base because they are easy on my aging hands.
I now have 2 Bosch motors, one in the fixed base, the other in the plunge base. The plunge base is used for free hand use, the fixed for in the table and for many routine tasks like rounding over the edge of a piece so the edge is less prone to damage.
The Bosch has both 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch collets (the nut that holds the bit in place). Get half inch bits from the get go is my recommendation. You can buy kits with lots of bits in them cheap, but the kits are generally 1/4 in shanks (the steel shaft) and have lots of bits you are unlikely to use. To start with, you can buy a set of 3 Roundover bits. The cutter is a quarter of a circle. The most used are 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4. Freud bits are good and easily available at either big box store. The tips on most bits are carbide and extremely sharp. But carbide is fragile so don't just dump them into a drawer. Keep them in their plastic box or get a foam lined case from Harbor Freight. I buy other bits as I need them.
If you don't have one yet, buy a book on routers. My favorite is
"Woodworking with the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use," by Bill Hylton. You can get it used for less than 10 bucks at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Woodworking-Ro...oks+on+routers
You can build a great collection of woodworking books for $50 or less by buying used on Amazon. There are also many books on making toys, boxes and other fun, gift items.
YouTube has countless how-to videos on woodworking and use of tools like the router. Some are better than others, but you'll soon figure out which works best for you. I like "The Wood Whisperer," whose producer now has a sponsor and a new, gigantic studio/shop.
In building a woodshop, you will need a precise saw. A table saw is a basic item. There are several types, 1. portable (Bosch wins on this one), 2. contractor, 3. cabinet and a relatively new class, 4. the hybrid. The portable is really small and requires a lot of messing around to do any really serious precision cutting. Contractor saws are pretty good in that they have a larger cutting surface or table. Cabinet saws are heavy and built like tanks. Mostly they run on 220v (use the electric dryer outlet in the garage). They can be very precise. I and many of us here have Hybrids, which is what I'm using. With table saws, its about how flat the table is and what kind of fence you use. You can read about this essential tool in those used books.
Chop saws and sliding miter saws are tempting, but most of what they do can be done on a table saw. A simple chop saw can cut your wood to length (leave it a little long and do the final cut on the table saw).
I don't mean to do a dissertation, but I think this information may help you look forward a bit and avoid the mistake of buying cheap stuff, then having to replace it. At any rate, Jay, welcome to the Forum. Everyone here is friendly and helpful. Stick is terse, but really knows his stuff.