A male wood machinist working with an electric planer on a wooden plank in a workshop.

Wood Machinist

Wood Machinists cut, plane, turn, shape and sand wood stock to specifications.

Overview

Wood Machinists cut, plane, turn, shape and sand wood stock to specifications.

Day-to-day

  • sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding
  • operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces
  • removes old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping
  • applying varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishing and waxing finished surfaces
  • fitting and fastening frame pieces
  • mounting backing materials and subjects for framing.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

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Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Wood Machinist

  • You usually need a certificate III in timber and composites machining or wood machining to work as a Wood Machinist. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate III in Wood Machining

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