Cabinet makers are skilled craftsmen/women who make individually designed and produced pieces of furniture such as chairs, tables, chests of drawers, fitted furniture and cabinets for storage or display. Cabinet makers may also restore antiques or repair damaged furniture.
The Cabinet making process begins with obtaining or creating a design drawing of the furniture, from which the quantity and type of materials required and the method of construction are decided. The cabinet maker will then purchase the material from suppliers such as timber yards.
Using electric and hand tools, the cabinet maker cuts, shapes and planes the wood before fixing the parts together, adding other fixed or moveable joints such as brackets and hinges, and any handles or locks. The assembled piece of furniture will then be finished by polishing. This may be done by the cabinet maker or by a French polisher.
Some cabinet makers deal directly with customers, discussing designs and negotiating prices.
The hours of work vary. In a factory, cabinet makers work a basic 39 hour week, but overtime and shift work is often required. Self-employed cabinet makers determine their own hours, and occasionally have to work long hours and at weekends to meet deadlines.
Cabinet makers work in workshops, either in teams or on their own. Occasionally work is carried out in clients' homes. Protective clothing such as overalls, masks, gloves and ear protectors are worn when using tools and powered machinery, and there is usually dust from sanding and adhesive fumes. Some heavy lifting may be involved.
There is regular travel to suppliers to collect wood and other materials, and to deliver finished items to clients, so a driving licence is usually required.
To be a cabinet maker you should:
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