Cabinetmakers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Study plans, specifications or drawings of articles to be made, or prepare specifications
B. Mark outlines or dimensions of parts on wood
C. Operate woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, mortisers and shapers, and use hand tools to cut, shape and form parts and components
D. Trim joints and fit parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit using glue and clamps and reinforce joints using nails, screws or other fasteners
E. Sand wooden surfaces and apply veneer, stain or polish to finished products
F. Repair or restyle wooden furniture, fixtures and related products
G. May estimate amount, type and cost of materials required.
1. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 62.0%
2. Construction - 17.0%
3. Wood product manufacturing - 7.0%
1. You usually need a high school diploma.
2. To gain trade certification as a cabinetmaker, you usually need either a four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years' work experience and some high school or college courses in cabinetmaking.
3. Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces/territories except Saskatchewan.
4. Qualified cabinetmakers may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
5. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
2. Machine Shop
3. Industrial Arts (Woodworking)
The average hourly wages for Cabinetmakers is $14.87/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.