Bob LaCivita replies: Before, I list the tools, it must be made clear that a tool kit is dependent on what type of work you are trying to produce. A tool box for a craftsman who makes Windsor chairs will be similar but different than a maker of casework just as a master cabinetmaker may not be a master woodturner or carver. The question reads basic tools for a cabinet maker, so below I will list what I believe is very basic for this type of work.
Measuring and Layout Tools
If you buy all of this new, you are looking at $1,000 for marginal tools and perhaps $2,700 for high quality ones. I’ve bought cars for less. Go slow and buy the best tools you can. In the end, you will end up replacing the poor quality tools.