I always recommend something big like a real piece of furniture. Tables are fairly simple whether a large dining table or a small lamp table or perhaps a coffee table.
Mostly straight cuts. If you buy good quality hardwood, have the mill join and plain the boards for you. Then all you will need is a table saw with a decent blade, a dado blade and a hand held small router a drill press with a cheap cross-slide vise for all of your joinery.
Tony B Retired woodworker, among other things.
"Strive for excellence and settle for completion" Tony B