Cabinet Making and Joinery

The definition for a skilled cabinetmaker would include such abilities as constructing and repairing cabinets, fixtures and related products for various commercial, industrial and residential uses and all repairs and construction of most types of timber furniture. Cabinetmakers fabricate furniture and other household goods made specifically from wood and other composite materials.
A cabinetmaker has the training and specific skill and ability to read specifications and drawings, plan work activities and cost out jobs for clients. Plan and discuss major ongoing projects, use numerous hand tools, power tools and machines to cut, join, shape, smooth and assemble furniture, cabinets and related wooden products.
Cabinetmakers can be employed in various types of roles such as furniture restoration, manufacturing, construction companies, cabinet making contractors and self employed business owner. In recent years cabinetmaking has been incorporating information technology, using computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) in its production processes.
The entry requirement for this specific trade is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Cabinetmaker and Joinery tasks may Include:

  • Marking, cutting and shaping wood
  • Fitting locks, hinges, catches, shelves and drawers
  • Restore new and antique furniture to optimal standards
  • Can make wooden chairs and couches
  • Selects materials such as specific timber, particle board and synthetic wood to work with on projects 
Before engaging in business with any Cabinetmaker and Joinery professional, be sure to check that the trades person is considered reputable and has great historic references before they conduct the work required.

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