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Working As A Cabinet Builder

  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cabinet Builder Do

Woodworkers manufacture a variety of products such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates. They often combine and incorporate different materials into wood.

Duties

Woodworkers typically do the following:

  • Understand detailed architectural drawings, schematics, shop drawings, and blueprints
  • Prepare and set up machines and tooling for woodwork manufacturing
  • Lift wood pieces onto machines, either by hand or with hoists
  • Operate woodworking machines, including saws and milling and sanding machines
  • Listen for unusual sounds or detect excessive vibration in machinery
  • Ensure that products meet industry standards and project specifications, making adjustments as necessary
  • Select and adjust the proper cutting, milling, boring, and sanding tools for completing a job
  • Use hand tools to trim pieces or assemble products

Despite the abundance of plastics, metals, and other materials, wood products continue to be an important part of our daily lives. Woodworkers make wood products from lumber and synthetic wood materials. Many of these products, including most furniture, kitchen cabinets, and musical instruments, are mass produced. Other products are custom made from architectural designs and drawings.

Although the term “woodworker” may evoke the image of a craftsman who uses hand tools to build ornate furniture, the modern woodworking trade is highly technical and relies on advanced equipment and highly skilled operators. Workers use automated machinery, such as computerized numerical control (CNC) machines, to do much of the work with great accuracy.

Even specialized artisans generally use CNC machines and a variety of power tools in their work. Much of the work is done in a high-production assembly line facility, but there is also some work that is customized and does not lend itself to being made on an assembly line.

Woodworkers set up, operate, and tend all types of woodworking machines, such as saws, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood-fastening machines. Operators set up the equipment, cut and shape wooden parts, and verify dimensions, using a template, caliper, and rule. After the parts are machined, woodworkers add fasteners and adhesives and connect the parts to form an assembled unit. They also install hardware, such as pulls and drawer slides, and fit specialty products for glass, metal trims, electrical components, and stone. Finally, workers then sand, stain, and, if necessary, coat the wood product with a sealer or topcoats, such as a lacquer or varnish.

Many of these tasks are handled by different workers with specialized training.

The following are examples of types of woodworkers:

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters cut, shape, assemble, and make parts for wood products. They often design and create sets of cabinets that are customized for particular spaces. In some cases, their duties begin with designing a set of cabinets to specifications and end with installing the cabinets.

Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged and worn furniture. They may work with antiques and must judge how to preserve and repair them. They also do the staining, sealing, and top coating at the end of the process of making wooden products.

Wood sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders specialize in operating specific pieces of woodworking machinery. They often operate CNC machines.

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing, operate woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, routers, sanders, and planers.

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How To Become A Cabinet Builder

A high school diploma is typically required to become a woodworker. Although some entry-level jobs can be learned in less than 1 year, becoming fully proficient generally takes at least 3 years of on-the-job training. The ability to use computer-controlled machinery is becoming increasingly important.

Education

Because of the growing sophistication of machinery, many employers are seeking applicants who have a high school diploma or the equivalent. People seeking woodworking jobs can enhance their employment prospects by completing high school and getting training in computer applications and math.

Some woodworkers obtain their skills by taking courses at technical schools or community colleges. Others attend universities that offer training in wood technology, furniture manufacturing, wood engineering, and production management. These programs prepare students for jobs in production, supervision, engineering, and management, and are becoming increasingly important as woodworking technology advances.

Training

Education is helpful, but woodworkers are trained primarily on the job, where they learn skills from experienced workers. Beginning workers are given basic tasks, such as placing a piece of wood through a machine and stacking the finished product at the end of the process.

As they gain experience, new woodworkers perform more complex tasks with less supervision. In about 1 year, they learn basic machine operations and job tasks. Becoming a skilled woodworker often takes 3 or more years. Skilled workers can read blueprints, set up machines, and plan work sequences.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession. The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) publishes product standards for the industry, and offers training programs for mid-management positions. The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America offers a national certificate program, with five progressive credentials, which adds a level of credibility to the work of woodworkers.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Woodworkers must pay attention to details in order to meet specifications and to keep themselves safe.

Dexterity. Woodworkers must make precise cuts with a variety of hand tools and power tools, so they need a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Math skills. Knowledge of basic math and computer skills are important, particularly for those who work in manufacturing, in which technology continues to advance. Woodworkers need to understand basic geometry to visualize how the wood pieces will fit together to fabricate a three-dimensional object, such as a cabinet or piece of furniture.

Mechanical skills. The use of hand tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches, is required to set up, adjust, and calibrate machines. Modern technology systems require woodworkers to be able to use computers and other programmable devices.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure long periods of standing and repetitious movements is crucial for woodworkers, who often stand all day performing many of the same functions.

Physical strength. Woodworkers must be strong enough to lift bulky and heavy pieces of wood.

Technical skills. Woodworkers must be able to understand and interpret design drawings and technical manuals for a range of products and machines.

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Average Length of Employment
Cabinet Maker 4.4 years
Cabinet Installer 3.1 years
Cabinet Builder 3.0 years
Cabinet Worker 3.0 years
Furniture Builder 2.6 years
Frame Builder 2.6 years
Door Builder 2.5 years
Builder 2.4 years
Cabinet Assembler 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Cabinet Builder
Carpenter 8.1%
Cashier 7.5%
Owner 5.8%
Builder 5.6%
Cook 5.1%
Supervisor 4.7%
Installer 4.5%
Manager 4.0%
Welder 3.3%
Top Careers After Cabinet Builder
Carpenter 6.4%
Owner 6.1%
Installer 5.2%
Cashier 5.2%
Technician 4.7%
Builder 4.5%
Supervisor 4.3%
Driver 3.7%
Operator 3.5%

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Top Skills for A Cabinet Builder

  1. Custom Doors
  2. Band Saws
  3. Custom Cabinets
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manufactured and engineered custom doors following detailed drawings and plans
  • Miter saws, table saws, band saws, etc
  • Build custom cabinets according to blueprint specifications within the designated time restraints.
  • Set up and operated woodworking machines and used various hand tools to fabricate and repair wooden cabinets and high-grade furniture.
  • Fabricated custom kitchen cabinets from raw materials.

Cabinet Builder Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,550 Cabinet Builder resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Cabinet Builder Demographics

Gender

Male

81.5%

Unknown

9.3%

Female

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

65.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.8%

German

5.6%

Polish

5.6%

French

5.6%

Finnish

5.6%
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Cabinet Builder Education

Schools

Lane Community College

7.0%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Liberty University

7.0%

Universal Technical Institute

5.8%

The Academy

5.8%

Salt Lake Community College

5.8%

Weber State University

5.8%

Columbus State Community College

4.7%

Missouri State University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Pittsburg State University

4.7%

Calhoun Community College

4.7%

Edmonds Community College

4.7%

Portland Community College

4.7%

Central State University

4.7%

Bevill State Community College

4.7%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.5%

Hutchinson Community College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

22.2%

General Studies

12.0%

Computer Science

6.1%

Drafting And Design

5.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.5%

Precision Metal Working

5.3%

Automotive Technology

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Communication

3.9%

Psychology

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Industrial Technology

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Construction Management

2.6%

Education

2.4%

Nursing

2.2%

English

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Biology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

46.8%

Associate

19.8%

Bachelors

19.2%

Certificate

9.4%

Diploma

3.0%

Masters

1.0%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.1%
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