What do Cabinet Makers do?

Cabinet makers make or repair furniture from solid timber, flat-panel or timber based products. Cabinet Makers may specialise in particular areas such as re-production of antique furniture, kitchen fittings, bedroom suites, office furniture, dining suites, shop fittings and occasional furniture.

Cabinetmakers may perform the following tasks:

  • Select and prepare timber and manufactured board
  • Mark out, cut and shape pieces using saws. chisels, planes, power tools and woodworking machines
  • Trim and glue joints and fit parts together to form sections of furniture
  • Place sections in clamps, apply pressure and reinforce joints with nails, dowels and screws
  • Assemble sections to form completed articles
  • Fit hinges, locks, catches, drawers and shelves
  •  Install completed products
  •  Repair damaged furniture and cabinets
  •  Prepare drawings from specifications or work out job requirements by looking at drawings and specifications
  •  Make jigs, templates or prototypes for the production of furniture

Qualifying as a Cabinetmaker involves:

  • Three to Four years commitment
  • Attending paid work with a “host employer” for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attending off-the-job training at an RTO

Ideal Personal Requirements to be a Cabinetmaker include:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Able to follow written instructions and work at high level of accuracy
  • Good communication skills

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