Cabinet Maker Kaihanga Kapata Taonga

Cabinet makers make and repair fittings and furniture for homes, businesses and boats.

Cabinet makers may do some or all of the following:

  • use computer-aided design (CAD) programs to design furniture
  • select timber and other materials, and cut to size
  • screw or glue the pieces together, and attach fittings such as handles
  • trim, sand and polish or paint furniture
  • repair or replace damaged furniture parts
  • program computers to operate machinery
  • calculate costs if they have their own cabinet-making business
  • supervise other cabinet makers if working in a factory.

Physical Requirements

Cabinet makers need to have steady hands and good hand-eye co-ordination. People with asthma or other breathing problems need to be able to control these conditions in the workshop.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cabinet makers includes:

  • furniture sales work
  • woodturning
  • work in carpentry or joinery.

Personal Qualities

Cabinet makers must be:

  • quick and neat in their work
  • patient
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work independently or as part of a furniture factory team. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cabinet makers includes:

  • furniture sales work
  • woodturning
  • work in carpentry or joinery.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, maths, technology, and design & visual communication. 

Cabinet Makers can earn around $33K-$60K per year per year.

Cabinet makers can progress into supervisor or management roles, or become self-employed.

They may also specialise in making marine cabinets for boats, ships and yachts.

Cabinet Maker