Furniture maker Cabinet maker, craft woodworker
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Furniture makers make or restore furniture like chairs, tables and display cabinets.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements.
You could complete a college course in furniture making, carpentry or wood machining, but this isn't essential.You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- the ability to understand and produce technical drawings
- maths skills
3. What you'll do
You'll work mainly with wood but you'll also use metals, plastics and other materials. Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- working from technical drawings
- cutting and shaping materials with hand and machine tools
- creating designs for furniture on paper and on computer
- talking to customers about designs and agreeing prices
- working out the quantity and type of materials needed
- assembling items
- adding parts like brackets, hinges, handles and locks
- restoring antiques or repairing damaged furniture
- finishing products with veneers, lacquers or French polish
Starter: £14,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000
If you're self-employed, you'll set your own rates.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
Your working hours will depend on whether you're employed by a company or self-employed.
If you're working in a factory, you'll usually work a basic 39-hour week, which could involve shiftwork.
If you're self-employed, you'll arrange your own working hours.
You'll sometimes need to work longer hours and at weekends to meet deadlines.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a workshop supervisor or quality control inspector.
With further training, you could become a furniture or product designer.
In larger firms, you could move into estimating, buying or training.
You could start your own business and specialise in hand-crafted furniture or restoring antique items.
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Last updated: 13 September 2018