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Furniture and cabinet making overview

A cabinet maker is an expert in making furniture from timber to very high specifications.

Cabinet makers make or repair furniture from solid timber or timber based products. Cabinet makers may specialise in particular areas such as bespoke design and make re-production of antique furniture, fittings furniture, office furniture, shop fittings and production furniture. Cabinet makers will operate a variety of hand tools and woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape timber or timber based products to manufacture furniture.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a cabinet maker and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.

Competition overview:

Competitors will be marked throughout the competition:

  • Competitors will be able to work to within 0.9mm on dimensions and closer on the fit of joints
  • Competitors will gain marks for arcuate marking out to recognised standards, the clean and crisp cutting of joint and fit, shaping of timber using a range of planes and preparing the timber to receive a finish
  • Competitors will lose marks for loosely fitting joints, rough surfaces on joints, poor planning and finishing skills
  • Competitors have to work in a safe manner and will lose marks if this is not adhered to

General instructions:

  • The maximum working time for the task is 6 hours at the Regional Qualifiers
  • The maximum working time for the task is 18 hours at the SkillBuild National Final

Core competencies

To take part in this competition you should be able to:

  • Plan your workspace to facilitate the efficient production of a project to a high standard.
  • Extract accurate information to enable the creation of cutting lists and production plans to allow for the production of the project
  • Produce technical drawings using ISO symbols, lines, sections, etc. Produce specifications required for the manufacture of products using clear precise drawing techniques & presentation (Drawing, cutting lists)
  • Maintain and set up for use to enable precise results. Use jigs to produce multiples of a component that are accurate to the drawing within a given tolerance.
  • Work precisely and accurately to produce components
  • Prepare for and carry out project assembly using a range of methods, carry out checks and correct issues.
  • Assess the quality of assembled project and identify issues.
  • Attach doors and fit drawers using a range of methods and fittings to a high standard of operation and resolve issues.
  • Prepare project surfaces for finishing and remove arises on all edges to enable a high standard of finishing. Apply a finish suitable for the project use.
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