Career outlook for cabinet maker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make pieces of wooden furniture such as chairs, tables, chests of drawers and storage or display cabinets.
You’d design a piece of furniture, build it and decorate it for someone to use in their home or workplace. You might also restore antiques or repair damaged furniture.
- Draw designs for furniture
- Decide what type of wood to use
- Work out the quantity needed
- Decide what method you will use to construct it
- Buy the wood from suppliers such as timber yards
- Cut, shape and plane the wood using hand, power and computer-controlled tools
- Fix the parts together
- Add brackets, hinges, handles and locks
- Finish the piece of furniture, for example with veneers, lacquers or French polish
You would need to understand, draft or adapt designs and technical drawings.
If you deal directly with customers, you would also discuss designs and agree prices with them.
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