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Cabinet Maker

Cabinet maker cutting wood on machine

Cabinet makers make or repair items of furniture, either individually by hand, or on a large scale, using machines. They may specialise in, for example, restoring antique furniture or in assembling modern units, including kitchens, for the mass market. Mostly they use hardwoods such as oak, walnut or teak. Sometimes they incorporate other materials such as plastic, metal, glass, leather and fabric into their products.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

You may start as a Modern Apprentice. The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £6.40 an hour (1 April 2024).

Qualified and experienced cabinet makers can earn from £25,000 to £35,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are several ways into this career.

This is a competitive field to get into.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
2340
1.5 %
RISE
2029
2376
  United Kingdom
2024
30866
3.4 %
RISE
2029
31926

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

With experience and qualifications, you may go on to:

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Furniture Makers' Company
Tel: 020 7256 5558
E-mail: hello@furnituremakers.org.uk
Website: http://www.furnituremakers.org.uk/
Twitter: @FurnitureMkrsCo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/furnituremakerscompany/

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