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Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters - 51-7011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cabinet Assembler
  • Cabinet Builder
  • Cabinet Installer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Double End Tenon Operator
  • Frame Builder
  • Framer
  • Woodworker

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-7000 Woodworkers
51-7010 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
51-7011.00 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Related Occupations


  • Apply Masonite, formica, or vinyl surfacing materials.
  • Attach parts or subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, or clamps.
  • Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines.
  • Cut timber to the right size, and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files.
  • Design furniture, using computer-aided drawing programs.
  • Dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative finishes, such as stain, varnish, paint, or lacquer.
  • Draw up detailed specifications and discuss projects with customers.
  • Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired, or plan the methods or operations for shaping or assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions.
  • Estimate the amounts, types, or costs of needed materials.
  • Install hardware, such as hinges, handles, catches, or drawer pulls, using hand tools.
  • Match materials for color, grain, or texture, giving attention to knots or other features of the wood.
  • Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.
  • Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool.
  • Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.
  • Program computers to operate machinery.
  • Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, or other pieces.
  • Set up or operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to cut, mold, or shape woodstock or wood substitutes.
  • Trim, sand, or scrape surfaces or joints to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Verify dimensions or check the quality or fit of pieces to ensure adherence to specifications.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Assemble wood products.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Design furniture.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
  • Estimate material requirements for production.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Repair furniture or upholstery.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Shape surfaces or edges of wood workpieces.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Constructionman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Material Maintenance Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Accordion Maker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carver, Hand
  • Harpsichord Maker
  • Hat Block Maker (Woodwork)
  • Last-Model Maker
  • Machinist, Wood
  • Pipe Organ Builder
  • Violin Maker, Hand

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Accordion Maker
  • Boat-Oar Maker
  • Bow Maker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Cabinetmaker Apprentice
  • Carver, Hand
  • Experimental-Box Tester
  • Fretted-Instrument Maker, Hand
  • Harp Maker
  • Harpsichord Maker
  • Hat-Block Maker
  • Last-Model Maker
  • Machinist Apprentice, Wood
  • Machinist, Wood
  • Marquetry Worker
  • Pipe-Organ Builder
  • Ski Maker, Wood
  • Smoking-Pipe Maker
  • Stock Checkerer I
  • Stock Maker, Custom
  • Violin Maker, Hand