Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters


Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters build and repair wooden cabinets and furniture
Have a keen eye for detail? Are you handy with tools and woodworking? Learn a craft that will allow you to put both to work!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

1. Work with a variety of materials. 2. Work with a variety of tools. 3. Work with a variety of people

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Cabinet Assembler, Cabinet Builder, Cabinet Installer, Cabinetmaker, Double End Tenon Operator, Frame Builder, Framer, Woodworker
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Cabinet Assembler, Cabinet Builder, Cabinet Installer, Cabinetmaker, Double End Tenon Operator, Frame Builder, Framer, Woodworker
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Your Typical Day:

  • Verify dimensions or check the quality or fit of pieces to ensure adherence to specifications.
  • Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.
  • Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.
  • Set up or operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to cut, mold, or shape woodstock or wood substitutes.
  • Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired, or plan the methods or operations for shaping or assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions.
  • Attach parts or subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, or clamps.
  • Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Install hardware, such as hinges, handles, catches, or drawer pulls, using hand tools.
  • Trim, sand, or scrape surfaces or joints to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Match materials for color, grain, or texture, giving attention to knots or other features of the wood.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Assemble wood products.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
  • Estimate material requirements for production.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 80/100

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 71/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 67/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 61/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 61/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 51/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 36/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 31/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 30/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 28/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Power saws
  • Planes
  • Wood chisels
  • Hand clamps
  • Power routers
  • Saws
  • Hold down clamps
  • Compasses
  • Squares
  • Biscuit jointers
  • Power planes
  • Screwdrivers
  • Calipers
  • Drilling machines
  • Utility knives
  • Milling machines
  • Cold press
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
  • Boring machines
  • Power nail guns
  • Power sanders
  • Positioning jig
  • Sanding machines
  • C clamps
  • Mill saw file
  • Bandsaw wheel
  • Staple guns
  • Paint application system
  • Micrometers
  • Putty knives
  • Tape measures
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine
  • Razor knives
  • Levels
  • Viscosimeters
  • Sawing machines
  • Power trimmers
  • Scribers
  • Banders
  • Grinding wheels
  • Sanding blocks
  • Bench dog
  • Rulers
  • Power grinders
  • Goggles
  • Paint brushes
  • Blade sharpener
  • Metal markers or holders
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand or push drill
  • Scroll saw
  • Grinding machines
  • Shears
  • Pneumatic nail drivers
  • Paint rollers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Cutting machines
  • T squares
  • Paint sprayers
  • Claw hammer
  • Cheesegrater file
  • Miter saw
  • Augers
  • Bevels
  • Bastard cut file
  • Belt sander
  • Power screwguns
  • Mallets
  • Bench vises
  • Awls
  • Safety glasses
  • Power drills
  • Moisture meters
  • Plumb bobs
  • Locking pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Templates
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