Furniture Makers & Other Craft Woodworkers
Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers make, repair and restore wooden furniture, decorative objects and other crafted pieces of woodwork.
- Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements and appropriate materials
- Selects, measures, cuts and shapes wood using saws, chisels, planes, powered hand tools and woodworking machines
- Assembles parts with crafted joints, nails, screws, dowels or adhesives and fits locks, catches, hinges, castors, drawers, shelves and other fittings
- Removes, replaces or repairs damaged parts of wooden furniture
- Measures floor area to be covered and lays wood blocks, parquet panels or hardwood strips
- Matches and marks out veneers ready for cutting and examines and repairs defects in veneer or plywood sheets.
There are no formal entry requirements, although entrants typically possess a variety of academic and vocational qualifications. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. A number of NVQs/SVQs and other vocational qualifications covering various aspects of furniture production and wood machining are available at various levels. Apprenticeships in Cabinet Making are available in some areas.