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Working As A Cabinet Maker

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  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $30,658

    Average Salary

What Does A Cabinet Maker Do At Kelly Services

* Learns entry-level technical skills and knowledge, regulatory requirements and tooling used in aircraft cabinetmaking.
* Continues to develop technical competency and problem solving abilities to allow progression to the technician level.
* Using standard safety and operating procedures, design/engineering drawings, tools and other materials laminates, veneers, cap strips, develops proficiency in the preparation and making of furniture.
* Utilizes the material tracking system to create parts demand, track squawks and to sign-off completed work.
* Complies with all safety, 5S, and housekeeping policies, uses personal protective equipment; ensures aircraft interior is protected.
* Assists in the development and implementation of related initiatives.
* Additional Functions:
* The ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
* Able to climb ladders and stairs, work in small restricted areas, lift up to 40 pounds and work any shift.
* Must be computer literate.
* High school diploma/GED.
* Wood working, wood finishing or auto body painting experience in a technical environment or completion of Technical Certificate in cabinet making preferred and/or completion in current year youth apprenticeship program, in area of expertise.
* Candidate must be a graduate or current enrollee in the Savannah Tech LCC program

What Does A Cabinet Maker Do At Maestros Workshop

* Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers, to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.
* Sets up and operates a variety of woodworking machines and uses various handtools to fabricate and repair wooden cabinets and high-grade furniture: Studies blueprints or drawings of articles to be constructed or repaired, and plans sequence of cutting or shaping operations to be performed.
* Marks outline or dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock, according to blueprint or drawing specifications.
* Matches materials for color, grain, or texture.
* Sets up and operates woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointer, mortiser, tenoner, molder, and shaper, to cut and shape parts from woodstock.
* Trims component parts of joints to ensure snug fit, using handtools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files.
* Bores holes for insertion of screws or dowels by hand or using boring machine.
* Glues, fits, and clamps parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit, using clamps or clamping machine.
* Drives nails or other fasteners into joints at designated places to reinforce joints.
* Sands and scrapes surfaces and joints of articles to prepare articles for finishing.
* May dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative materials, such as stain, varnish, or paint.
* May install hardware, such as hinges, catches, and drawer pulls

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How To Become A Cabinet Maker

Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.


Most carpenters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn carpentry basics, blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in creating and setting concrete forms, rigging, welding, scaffold building, working within confined workspaces, and fall protection. All carpenters must pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- and 30-hour safety courses.

After finishing an apprenticeship, carpenters are considered to be journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for a person to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • U.S. citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some contractors have their own carpenter training program, which may be an accredited apprenticeship program.

Although many workers enter apprenticeships directly, some carpenters start out as helpers.

Some workers can earn certificates before entering an apprenticeship. The National Association of Home Builders offers Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) through the Home Builders Institute. PACT is available for several different groups, from youths to veterans, and covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Workers typically learn the proper use of hand and power tools on the job. They often start by working with more experienced carpenters and are given more complex tasks as they prove that they can handle simpler tasks, such as measuring and cutting wooden and metal studs.

A number of 2-year technical schools offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with unions or contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.


Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become first-line supervisors, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.

Carpenters seeking advancement often take additional training provided by associations, unions, or employers. Communication in both English and Spanish also is helpful for relaying instructions to workers.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments. 

Detail oriented. Carpenters perform many tasks that are important in the overall building process. Making precise measurements, for example, may reduce gaps between windows and frames, limiting any leaks around the window.

Dexterity. Carpenters use many tools and need hand-eye coordination to avoid injury or damaging materials. Striking the head of a nail, for example, is crucial to not damaging wood or injuring oneself.

Math skills. Carpenters use basic math skills every day to calculate volume and measure materials to be cut.

Physical stamina. Carpenters need physical endurance. They frequently stand, climb, or bend for long periods.

Physical strength. Carpenters use tools and materials that are heavy. For example, plywood sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds.

Problem-solving skills. Because construction jobs vary, carpenters must adjust project plans accordingly. For example, if a prefabricated window arrives at the worksite slightly oversized, carpenters must shave framework to make the window fit.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Chinese

  • Venetian

  • Mandarin

  • Hmong

  • Polish

  • Thai

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Real Cabinet Maker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cabinet Maker/Craftsman Supervisor The Fortis Company LLC Fort Worth, TX Dec 02, 2016 $55,557
Cabinet Maker Cuneo Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Jan 19, 2010 $46,373
Cabinet Maker Planton Interiors, Inc. Englewood, NJ Sep 17, 2008 $43,410
Cabinet Maker K & D Wright & Company Construction, Inc. Bridgehampton, NY Mar 26, 2009 $42,324
Cabinet Maker Jerzy Construction Corporation Roselle Park, NJ Dec 01, 2016 $41,954
Cabinet Maker Walter E. Lynch, AIA, PLLC Washington, DC Feb 01, 2008 $41,740
Cabinet Maker Curry Cabinetry Tampa, FL Nov 24, 2015 $41,600
Cabinet Maker Triple O Construction Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 18, 2011 $39,957
Cabinet Maker Hard & Chic Nj LLC Kingston, NJ Jan 14, 2011 $39,820
Cabinet Maker Engberg Design and Development New York, NY Apr 10, 2016 $39,437
Cabinet Maker Zotov Construction LLC Shelton, CT Apr 26, 2011 $38,168
Cabinet Maker Dormer King Inc. West Babylon, NY Aug 19, 2010 $38,000
Cabinet Maker McConstruction Consulting Inc. NY Jun 04, 2015 $37,170
Cabinet Maker Modern Kitchen & Bath Designs Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2016 $37,170
Cabinet Maker A&Z Woodwork, Inc. Schiller Park, IL Apr 09, 2012 $33,392
Cabinet Maker A W Ross, Inc. Passaic, NJ Nov 05, 2009 $33,329
Cabinet Maker Wilwoodman, Inc. Palm Coast, FL Dec 01, 2016 $33,197
Cabinet Maker Trieste Construction, Corp Great Neck, NY Aug 13, 2008 $33,037
Cabinet Maker Bielecki Construction LLC Woodbridge, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $33,030
Yacht Interior Cabinet Maker Interior Systems Management Corp Fort Lauderdale, FL Jun 30, 2016 $32,750
Cabinet Maker A-DA-Lite Cabinet Manufacturers, Inc. Port Orange, FL Oct 28, 2010 $31,305
Wood Cabinet Maker PC Construction Parksdale, CA Jul 08, 2010 $31,305
Cabinet Maker Inter Craft Custom Furniture, Inc. NY Apr 01, 2009 $29,823
Cabinet Maker Urban Architectural Interiors, Inc. New York, NY Mar 30, 2009 $29,260
Custom Cabinet Maker L.A. Woodworks, Inc. Parksdale, CA Jan 08, 2015 $29,224
Cabinet Maker AJK Contarcting, Ltd. Merrick, NY Jun 08, 2010 $28,717
Cabinet Maker Sunshine Construction Inc. Islip, NY Mar 10, 2010 $28,717
Cabinet Maker Custom Colonial Kitchens & Millwork Inc. Columbia, NJ Apr 02, 2009 $28,300
Cabinet Maker Century Construction Inc. Stamford, CT Jan 11, 2012 $28,237
Cabinet Maker MB Constrcution LLC Stamford, CT Jan 21, 2010 $28,237

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Top Skills for A Cabinet Maker


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Top Cabinet Maker Skills

  1. Panel Doors
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Sand
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gained ten years of customer woodworking experience beginning with face frames and raised panel doors.
  • Operated woodworking machines and hand tools to cut, shape, and form parts for assembly.
  • Worked half the time in paint department staining, sanding and spraying finished on cabinets, doors and drawers.
  • Framed whole houses, concrete, roofing, built and installed cabinets, operated a CNC machine to cut out cabinets.
  • Started in Finish and Finale, my duties included final assembly of cabinets and readied them for delivery.

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