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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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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 730 CHIN-HAO CHENG Chinese Taipei
Gold 728 Sven Bürki Switzerland
Bronze 726 Fabio Serpa Brazil
Bronze 724 Angus Bruce-Gardner United Kingdom
Medallion for Excellence 723 Philipp Zingerle South Tyrol, Italy
Medallion for Excellence 720 Mathias Maderthaner Austria
Medallion for Excellence 720 Romain KAUFFMANN France
Medallion for Excellence 718 Scott Dombowsky-Oneski Canada
Medallion for Excellence 717 Markus Figl Germany
Medallion for Excellence 714 Sean Hogan Ireland
Medallion for Excellence 713 Nicholas Johnston Australia
Medallion for Excellence 712 Roland Liszi Hungary
Medallion for Excellence 705 HYEOKJUN KWON Korea
Medallion for Excellence 700 Kyouhei Shimojyou Japan
Medallion for Excellence 700 MOHD IZUWAN MAT RABI Malaysia
695 Roi Cahyo Saputro Indonesia
694 Jacob Primdahl Abrahamsen Denmark
690 Isak Lukkarinen Finland
688 Ji Wu China
684 Davis Raimonds Rasups Latvia
678 Anant Kumar India
673 IVAN SKORB Belarus
673 Seyed mohammad Sadegh Falahati Iran
672 Nikolai Golikov Russia
670 David Sancho Rojas Costa Rica
668 Jhonny Andrés Grajales Rivera Colombia
658 Ruud van der Heijden Netherlands
638 Ahmed Alamri United Arab Emirates
638 Javier TAIXE Spain

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

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