A 96 hour course designed to teach the fundamental techniques of cabinetmaking. Course topics include the proper selection of wood, building materials, tools, finishes, installation and labor costs. Participants will plan, blueprint, and build cabinets suitable for kitchen or bath.

  1.  Trade Contractor    
  2.  Salary  
  3.  Career  
  4.  Costs  
  5.  Admission  
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As a Trade Contractor

Cabinetmakers set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines and use various hand tools to fabricate and repair wooden cabinets and high-grade furniture, such as tables, dressers, and chairs. They study blueprints or drawings of articles to be constructed or repaired, and plan the sequence of cutting or shaping operations to be performed. Cabinetmakers mark outlines or dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock, according to the blueprints or drawing specifications. They match materials for color, grain, or texture.

Cabinetmakers set up and operate woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, molders, and shapers, to cut and shape parts from wood stock. They trim component parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using planes, chisels, wood files,and various other hand tools. Cabinetmakers bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels by hand or using a boring machine. They glue, fit, and clamp parts and subassemblies together to form complete units, using clamps or a clamping machine. Cabinetmakers drive nails or other fasteners into joints at designated places to reinforce joints. They sand and scrape surfaces and joints of articles to prepare articles for finishing.

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Career Pathway

CABINETMAKERS with experience and ability may become supervisors, estimators, or detailers. Those who are highly skilled may set up their own shops or join a partnership.


  • manufacturers of furniture and related products
  • wood product manufacturing
  • wholesale and retail lumber dealers
  • cabinet shops
  • furniture stores
  • furniture repair shops
  • construction firms
  • custom shops
  • millwork plants
  • remodeling companies
  • themselves, self-employed


Registration Fees

  • $175 Level I
  • $175 Level II
  • $175 Level III
  • $175 Level IV
      $700 Total

Admission Requirements

No additional requirements for this course. Students under 18 years of age must complete a minor permission form.

For Additional Information

Contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department Monday - Thursday 8 am - 8 pm  and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm at (828) 726-2242 or contact David Coffey, at (828) 726-2617 email at