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power tools that I plan to use in my tiny wood shop

mini circular saw

If you will almost always only be making straight cuts, then this might be a faster and more efficient alternative to a jigsaw.

(of course, a full-size circular saw could work as well, but in the context of my "tiny wood shop inside an apartment", a mini circular saw makes a lot of sense)

DeWalt 20V Max circular saw, 4 1/2 inch

router

DeWalt 20V Max router, and the associated plunge base

orbital sander

DeWalt 20V Max orbital sander

electric hand planer

Traditional hand planes are incredibly important in a tiny wood shop, and there's a good chance that the power-tool equivalent could save you some sweat and muscle. Yes, they take more skill to use than a bench-top thickness planer, but tiny wood shop users probably have most of those skills already, and electric hand planers have no width limitation like thickness planers do.

James Wright did a comparison test, and had said that only the most powerful of electric hand planers could best his hand planes (at the time the electric planer he suggested was the Triton TPL180).