Cabinetmaking and Woodfinishing
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Cabinetmaking and Woodfinishing

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Cabinetmakers are skilled in all phases of cabinet construction from the initial drafting and layout, to material cutting, assembly, finishing and installation. The principles used in building kitchen cabinets are also used in building store fixtures, furniture, and all other types of woodworking. New construction in housing and industry, and the renovation and modernization of existing structures are expected to increase the demand for cabinetmakers.

What You'll Learn
  • Safety and use of hand and power tools used in
    the cabinet industry.
  • How to build store fixtures, kitchen cabinets,
    custom cabinetry and displays.
  • Blueprint reading and layout skills.
  • Techniques for cutting, assembling, finishing
    and installing cabinetry.
  • Current technology in CAD/CAM/CNC.
  • Experience with wood stains, finishes, finishing
    equipment, plastic laminates technology
    and fabrication.
Career Settings
  • Kitchen cabinet shops
  • Display shops
  • Store fixture manufacturers
  • Wood specialty shops
  • Countertop manufacturers
  • Lumber companies
  • Architectural wood-working companies
  • Own your own business
Potential Employers
  • O’Keefe Incorporated
  • Forest Products Supply
  • Twin Cities Closet Company
  • Siewert Cabinets & Fixture Manufacturing
  • Monarch Wood Products Incorporated
Additional Benefits
  • Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment.
  • Learn to work in many different areas of production or specialize in one.
  • Advanced placement in cabinetmaking industry.
  • Enjoy a professional affiliation with the Minnesota Chapter of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI), a national organization.
  • Graduates of the Cabinetmaking programs usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities.