Cabinet Maker

Cabinetmakers make or repair furniture using solid timber, flat-panel or timber-based products.

Cabinetmakers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare drawings from specifications or work out job requirements by looking at drawings and specifications
  • 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
  • make jigs, templates or prototypes for the production of furniture.


Cabinetmakers may specialise in particular areas such as reproduction of antique furniture, kitchen fittings, bedroom suites, office furniture, dining suites, shop fittings and occasional furniture.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to follow written instructions
  • able to work to a high level of accuracy
  • able to make mathematical calculations
  • good communication skills
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • free from allergies to dust.

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