Furniture Makers and Other Craft Woodworkers

Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers make, repair and restore wooden furniture, decorative objects and other crafted pieces of woodwork.


New workers

New workers start around £12,734. Normal pay is £24,758 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £38,268.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 30,502 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Matches and marks out veneers ready for cutting and examines and repairs defects in veneer or plywood sheets.

  • Measures floor area to be covered and lays wood blocks, parquet panels or hardwood strips.

  • Removes, replaces or repairs damaged parts of wooden furniture.

  • Assembles parts with crafted joints, nails, screws, dowels or adhesives and fits locks, catches, hinges, castors, drawers, shelves and other fittings.

  • Selects, measures, cuts and shapes wood using saws, chisels, planes, powered hand tools and woodworking machines.

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements and appropriate materials.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Furniture Cleaning

  • Hand Tools

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Machinery

  • Upholstery

  • Technical Drawing

  • Woodworking

  • Carpentry

  • Lacquer

  • Cabinetry

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • English Language

  • Customer Service

  • Organizational Skills

  • Mathematics

  • Teamwork

  • Enthusiasm

  • Lifting Ability

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.