Cabinet makers make wooden furniture.

What does a cabinet maker do?

Cabinet makers make wooden furniture, from chairs to display cabinets. You may also repair and restore antique furniture. As a cabinet maker, your work would normally include:

  • creating design drawings for furniture
  • deciding on the quantity and type of wood needed and the construction methods required
  • buying the wood from suppliers such as timber yards
  • cutting, shaping and planing the wood, using hand, power and computer-controlled tools
  • fixing the parts together
  • adding other fixed or movable parts such as brackets, hinges, handles and locks
  • finishing the assembled pieces of furniture, for example with veneers, lacquers or French polish

What do I need to do to become a cabinet maker?

Most people train to become cabinet makers through an apprenticeship. However, you could also do a vocational course in construction crafts, specialising in cabinet making.

Related skills

  • Technical ability
  • Patience
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service
  • Ability to understand technical plans

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology

Essential qualifications

  • Apprenticeship, BTEC or NVQ in cabinet making

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You may be self-employed or working in a small business.

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