Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters generally work with wood products to create items of use such as tables, chairs, and benches. They measure and cut different types of wood (typically using woodworking machines such as power saws and jointers), as well as assemble and finish products. They must incorporate factors such as the quality of the wood, knots, and the intricacy of designs into their work, which may include pricing. Increasingly, computer software is used in cabinetmakers' and bench carpenters' work, and so skills in related design and manufacturing software may be preferred or required in this trade. These professionals must also know how to work with nails, glue, dowels, clamps, and other tools needed to assemble completed wood products. Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters must also be skilled in sanding, staining, and other methods necessary to finish wood.
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters frequently learn skills on the job, although it may take several years to become proficient in this trade; a high school diploma or equivalent may be preferred by employers, and prospective employees may be required to have experience in the field. Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters often work in factories, which may be noisy and include potential irritants such as wood dust, during regular business hours. However, overtime may be required in time periods of high demand. Any company safety procedures must be followed at all times.
Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Tasks
Build closets, counters, shelves, cabinets, doors, bulletin boards, windows, wall panels and other related finish carpentry items.
Dismantle or demolish and remove designated items prior to the commencement of repairs.
Select lumber, materials and supplies.
Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.