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Hey! I'm Chris, from New York. I'm a self employed general contractor looking to transition into a woodworking shop. I'm getting ready to set up my shop so any pointers on must have tools and any tips you have would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to getting to know you all.
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Welcome Chris!

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Welcome aboard, from another New Yorker. What part of NY are you in?

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Thanks for the welcome guys. I'm in ulster county, about an hour or so north of NYC. How about yourself?
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Welcome from Canada. Setting up a woodworking shop is an adventure. It's kind of hard to suggest essential tools without knowing exactly what type of woodworking you will be doing. I can however suggest one thing. A good quality dust collector unit. Looking forward to seeing some of your work.
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Thanks Ken! Dust collection is on my list of things to get for sure. I'm leaning towards getting into cabinet building, furniture. As of now I do built-ins, a few bars, some raised paneling. On all my jobs, the trim work/ wood working is always my favorite part. I decided why not try and focus on just that. I have a decent table saw and nice sliding compound mitre saw. I have a good router table as well. I've heard that a planer, jointer, and drill press are must haves. Am I heading in the right direction?
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Thanks for the welcome guys. I'm in ulster county, about an hour or so north of NYC. How about yourself?
Cracker, I'm in Cortland which is half way between Syracuse and Binghamton. When I'm employed, which I haven't been for a few months now, I work in either NYC or Northern NJ.

I admire your taking on cabinetry. I tried my hand at it when I first started in on woodworking but I found quickly that my technique was invariably to measure twice and then screw it up anyway and my joints usually came out looking like I had been smoking a joint, so I decided on small craft work instead.

As you're likely already aware, this is a great forum, lots of helpful folks when you have a question.

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I know Cortland a little bit. Had a few friends who went to college there. I figure attempting cabinet building is cutting things down for me. Going from building an entire house, to just concentrating on one area seems a lot less stressful. Hopefully it works out for me. By the way your bowls you make are amazing...maybe the joints are helping you out with that! I have a lathe but barely have used it. To be honest that thing scares me. Not the most fun tool to try out with no experience on it.
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The must tool your shop is built around is a Cabinet table saw. If you plan on getting into cabinet building you will need a good jointer, and a shaper. You may also eventually need a drum sander if you plan on building your own doors.
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I don't know how much expierience you have on a table saw.If not much then building a table saw sled is pretty much a priority.It will help you keep you fingers.Research safety precautions for each tool your unfamiliar with.Utube is not always reliable but worth checking out.Make yourself some push sticks and you may want to get a couple featherboards for the saw.Read our threads on safety,it will tell ya what not to do.Itchy P.S. Welcome to our forum.

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Thanks for the input guys. A cabinet saw will be on my list. For now I will try and work with the table saw I have. I think a jointer and planer will come first. I run my saws every day pretty much so I feel I have some good experience on them. I want to get more into using my router table, I feel like there is so much more I can do with it than I do. I just need to find the time...I've been sitting on an excavator for the week.
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