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Cabinetmakers - Overview

Cabinetmakers build cabinets and other items that are made from wood.

Cabinetmakers construct or repair items made from wood. They make items such as kitchen pantries, office equipment, and high quality home furniture. They read blueprints or examine drawings to learn about the items they will make. Some design their own cabinetry using computer-aided drafting. Once cabinetmakers know the dimensions of the item, they measure and mark outlines of the parts on paper or wood. They cut, trim, and sand the parts. They use glue, nails, dowels, and screws to put parts together. Once the entire unit is assembled, cabinetmakers finish the wood by applying stain and varnish. They attach glass and hardware, such as handles, to the furniture. Cabinetmakers may install items they have built.

Cabinetmakers use power tools such as circular saws, joiners, planers, routers, and sanders. They may program computers to operate machines. They also use hand tools such as screwdrivers and hammers. They clean and oil their tools and perform basic repairs. They also clean their workshops by sweeping or vacuuming up the sawdust.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.