Cabinet makers use woodworking skills to create cabinets, shelving and furniture.
The fundamental focus of cabinet makers is the production of cabinetry. Although they may also produce items that would not be recognised as cabinets, however the same skills and techniques apply.
A cabinet may be built-in or freestanding and is usually custom-made for a particular situation and it is fixed into position, on a floor, against a wall, or framed in an opening. Freestanding cabinets are more commonly available as off-the-shelf items and can be moved from place to place if required. Cabinets may be wall hung or suspended from the ceiling.
A Cabinet Makers skills include:
- Creating appropriate joints
- Dados & Bevels
- Chamfers and shelving systems
- The use of finishing tools like routers to create decorative edgings
- Use of computer-aided design (CAD) programs to design furniture
- Selecting timber and other materials, and cutting to size
- Repairing or replacing furniture parts
- Knowledge of furniture styles, and timber and cabinet-making materials
- Technical drawing skills and the ability to read diagrams
- Knowledge of production standards
- The ability to operate machinery and use tools correctly
Their work involves the following tools: Shaper, Moulder, Router, Planer, Sander, Saw.
Cabinet components include: Bases, Adjustable feet, Compartments, Cabinet insert software, Tops.
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