Cabinetmakers construct, repair, finish and install cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products.

What do Cabinetmakers do on the job?

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements.
  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools.
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials of wood and other materials.
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.
  • Fit and install trim items, cupboards and countertops.

Key attributes for people in this trade are good eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, mathematical aptitude and good conceptual skills. Cabinetmakers require a high degree of accuracy, and good eyesight to select woods and look for imperfections. The work may require lifting of heavy materials.

With experience, cabinetmakers may act as mentors and trainers to apprentices in the trade. They may also advance to supervisory positions, specialized operations such as stairs, veneering and finishing, or setting up their own shop.

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