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Working in wood to create high quality furniture and units, showing skill and aesthetic understanding of design and finish.

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Why is this skill important?

Cabinetmaking includes the production and installation of furniture and free-standing and built-in units, using wood as the sole or main material. In some instances, it may also include design.

A cabinetmaker typically works on high-quality residential or commercial “bespoke” assignments; therefore, they will pay close attention to client expectations and inputs, working to very high standards of skill and professionalism.

The cabinetmaker will produce, interpret and/or adapt drawings, set out and measure, cut, form joints, assemble, install if need be, and finish to a high standard. The quality of their work will show in the selection of wood and other materials to best show characteristics; near-perfect fit, cutting and assembly of components; construction; and final appearance.

In a modern world that highly values the eye and hand of the skilled craftsman, the outstanding cabinetmaker will always be in demand.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Each competitor must construct a piece of furniture from the drawings, written instructions and materials provided.

  • Interpretation of drawings and the correct measurements are essential to this Skill.

  • Judges will look for the use of tools for joints, the preparation of surfaces and also check they are being used safely.

  • The completed piece must show craftsmanship and the best of material like solid wood, veneer and boards.

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