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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

  • $22,617

    Average Salary

What Does A Cabinet Maker Do

Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.

Duties

Carpenters typically do the following:

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations, with workers usually doing many different tasks. For example, some carpenters primarily insulate office buildings and others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Those who help construct tall buildings or bridges often install the wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars and are commonly referred to as rough carpenters. Other carpenters erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.

Carpenters use many different hand and power tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall. They commonly use hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines. Carpenters fasten materials together with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives, and do a final check of their work to ensure that it is completed according to specifications. They use a tape measure on nearly every project to make sure that the pieces being cut are the proper size, which reduces waste and saves time. Many employers require applicants to supply their own tools.

The following are examples of types of carpenters:

Residential carpenters typically specialize in single-family, townhome, and condominium building and remodeling. As part of a single job, they might build and set forms for footings, walls, and slabs, and frame and finish exterior walls, roofs, and decks. They also frame interior walls, build stairs, and install drywall, crown molding, doors, and cabinets. In addition, residential carpenters may tile floors and lay wood floors and carpet. Fully trained carpenters can easily switch from new homebuilding to remodeling.

Commercial carpenters typically build and remodel commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls. Some specialize in working with light-gauge and load-bearing steel framing for interior partitions, exterior framing, and curtain wall construction. Others specialize in working with concrete forming systems and finishing interior and exterior walls, partitions, and ceilings. Most commercial carpenters perform many of the same tasks as residential carpenters.

Industrial carpenters typically work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings, where they build scaffolding and create and set forms for pouring concrete. Some industrial carpenters build tunnel bracing or partitions in underground passageways and mines to control the circulation of air to worksites. Others build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, power plants, or sewers.

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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.

Education

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

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Cabinet Maker Demographics

Gender

Male

90.5%

Female

8.4%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.8%

German

11.9%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Chinese

2.4%

Venetian

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Hmong

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Thai

2.4%
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Cabinet Maker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.6%

Hennepin Technical College

6.4%

Idaho State University

6.4%

Appalachian State University

5.3%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

5.3%

Utah Valley University

5.3%

Austin Community College

5.3%

Liberty University

5.3%

Saint Paul's College

4.3%

Tyler Junior College

4.3%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.3%

Universal Technical Institute

4.3%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

4.3%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.3%

The Academy

4.3%

Sierra College

4.3%

Moraine Park Technical College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Northern Michigan University

4.3%

Utah State University

4.3%
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Majors

Business

20.0%

Fine Arts

7.6%

Drafting And Design

7.6%

General Studies

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Computer Science

4.3%

Precision Metal Working

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Construction Management

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

Management

3.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.3%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Engineering

2.7%

Communication

2.7%
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Degrees

Other

45.6%

Bachelors

22.5%

Associate

17.1%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

3.9%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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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 & Bench Carpenter RJM Enterprises, Inc. Paradis, LA Mar 24, 2010 $38,234
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 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
Custom Cabinet Maker Pacific Cornerstone, Inc. DBA Benchmark Constructi Baldwin Park, CA Mar 08, 2011 $30,721
Cabinet Makers and Bench Carpenters WIKA Construction, LLC Shelton, CT Jun 12, 2008 $30,679
Cabinet Makers and Bench Carpenters Barton Contracting, Ltd. (Formerly Quality Construction of Westchester, Ltd.) Yonkers, NY Sep 10, 2008 $30,053
Cabinet Maker Inter Craft Custom Furniture, Inc. NY Apr 01, 2009 $29,823
Cabinet Maker & Bench Carpenter Fong Creative Construction Corp Islandia, NY May 01, 2008 $29,823
Cabinet Makers and Bench Carpenter GDM Concepts Paramount, CA Nov 19, 2010 $29,427
Cabinet Makers and Bench Carpenters Visual Millwork and Fixture Mfg. Inc. NY Feb 25, 2009 $29,260
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

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Top Skills for A Cabinet Maker

PanelDoorsHandToolsSandCNCDeliveryCounterTopsHighEndSolidSurfaceTableSawsLayoutCabinetShopCustomKitchenCabinetsStoreFixturesCabinetPartsCabinetDoorsCustomFurnitureFormicaJobSiteQualityProductCAD

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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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