Cabinetmakers Job Description

by Publishing Team on June 4, 2010

Cabinetmakers job function is to cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortises to surface, cut or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.


The Cabinetmaker produces and assembles components of articles such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, and high-grade furniture. The Cabinetmaker must verify dimensions and check the quality and fit of pieces in order to ensure adherence to specifications. The Cabinetmaker sets up and operates machines, including power saws, jointers, mortises, tenoners, molders, and shapers, to cut, mold, and shape Woodstock and wood substitutes. The Cabinetmaker measures and marks dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.

The Cabinetmaker reinforces joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing. The Cabinetmaker attaches parts and subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, and/or clamps. The Cabinetmaker establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired, and plan the methods and operations for shaping and assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions. The Cabinetmaker must know how to cut the timber to the right size and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools such as planes, chisels, or wood files. The Cabinetmaker must now how to match materials for color, grain, and texture, giving attention to knots and other features of the wood. The Cabinetmaker must also trim, sand, and scrape surfaces and joints to prepare article for finishing.


The Cabinetmaker needs to get proper information in order to perform his job function. This is done by his observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. The Cabinetmaker uses control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes not including computers or vehicles. The Cabinetmaker uses his hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning and moving materials and manipulating things. The Cabinetmaker must inspect equipment, structures, or materials in order to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. The Cabinetmaker must monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

The job requires that the Cabinetmaker perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. When the Cabinetmaker has all the materials he must identify the information that he has by first categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstance or events. The Cabinetmaker is responsible for the repair and maintaining of any mechanical equipment that he may be using to do his job function. The Cabinetmaker must service, repair, adjust, and test machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical principles. The Cabinetmaker must have a good head to be able to assess the value, importance, or quality of things or people while doing his job function. The Cabinetmaker analyses information and evaluates results in order to choose the best solutions and solve problems.


The Cabinetmaker must have the ability to keep the hand and arm steady while moving the arm or while holding the arm and hand in one position. The Cabinetmaker must have the ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The Cabinetmaker needs the ability to quickly move the hand, or the hand together with the arm, or the two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The Cabinetmaker needs the ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull or carry objects. It depends entirely on the strength of the Cabinetmaker the size and weight of cabinets that he may work on in order to do his job functions. The Cabinetmaker needs good vision as he must be able to see things that are far away just as he must be able to see things that are within a close range. The Cabinetmaker must have the ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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