Cabinetmaker puts a wooden chair together

Cabinetmaker

Fabricate and repair wooden furniture; assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture and cabinetry.

Overview

Cabinetmakers select and work with materials such as timber, veneers and varieties of wood to make furniture and cabinetry, often following drawings and specifications.

Work is in woodworking workshops or furniture design studios.

Suitable for people who have close attention to detail and can follow detailed drawings and templates. Skills in technical design, building, construction and basic mathematics are important.

Day-to-day

  • examine drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • mark out, cut and shape wood
  • make fittings for boats, caravans and other items
  • assemble parts to form sections of furniture and completed articles
  • fit hinges, locks, catches, drawers and shelves
  • make frames for chairs and couches
  • repair and refurbish furniture and antiques.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

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$1,050 / week
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Stable
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