Cabinetmakers 


Cabinetmakers construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products.


Work: Cabinetmakers perform some or all of the following duties: , Study plans, specifications or drawings of articles to be made, or prepare specifications; Mark outlines or dimensions of parts on wood; Operate woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, mortisers and shapers, and use hand tools to cut, shape and form parts and components; Trim joints and fit parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit using glue and clamps and reinforce joints using nails, screws or other fasteners; Sand wooden surfaces and apply veneer, stain or polish to finished products; Repair or restyle wooden furniture, fixtures and related products; May estimate amount, type and cost of materials required.

Title Examples: Cabinetmaker, Cabinetmaker Apprentice, Custom Wood Furniture Maker, Furniture Cabinetmaker

Useful Secondary School subjects: Machine Shop, Math, Industrial Arts (Woodworking)

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: You usually need a high school diploma. , To gain trade certification as a cabinetmaker, you usually need either a four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years' work experience and some high school or college courses in cabinetmaking. , Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces/territories except Saskatchewan. , Qualified cabinetmakers may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. , With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor. , Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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