I'm looking for some advice on tools and some simple beginner projects. I just moved out of an apartment and into a house, so I now have room to start building a modest workshop. I have your standard portable power tools (circular saw, jig saw, drill, belt and orbital sanders) which served me well while living in an apartment. But, they were really for minor repair work. I never really built anything from scratch.
Now that I have the space, I'd like to start woodworking. I love watching woodworking shows on TV but they make it seem way to easy. But, having just bought the house, I'm rather strapped for cash. And honestly I'm not really sure if this is just a passing fad or not. I don't want to spend a great deal of money on tools which may just wind up sitting my basement rarely used. So as a beginner who may quickly loose interest, what are the essential starter tools that I should be investigating?
And I would appreciate recommendations for simple beginner projects, especially ones where I could get by with what I already have. (A birdhouse, a very basic bookshelf, etc.) I'd almost prefer to build up a love of the craft first which would drive me towards purchasing better tools over time.