Cabinetmakers make, repair or install furniture (both free-standing and fixed) using solid timber, flat-panel or timber-based products and a wide range of laminates and other materials.

Duties & Tasks

Cabinetmakers may perform the following tasks:

  • communicate with clients to determine specific job requirements
  • match furnishing styles and materials to clients' needs
  • deliver and monitor service to clients
  • estimate job costs
  • measure and draw site layouts for manufactured furniture
  • read and interpret work documents in order to prepare accurate cutting lists for jobs
  • programme and control computer-aided design (CAD) and computer numerical control (CNC) machines
  • understand and select timber and timber products for furniture production
  • fabricate custom furniture
  • prepare and assemble cabinets for installation
  • select and install hardware to furnishings, such as handles and hinges
  • perform on-site repairs and adjustments of cabinets
  • clean and maintain work areas, including machinery and tools, to ensure a safe working environment.

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
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • free from allergies to dust.
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