Furniture and Cabinet Maker

Career information

What do they do?

Furniture and cabinet makers make furniture from wood and other materials, upholster furniture with fabrics and leathers, and finish furniture with paint, stains and lacquers.

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day or shift work.

A typical day on-the-job might involve selecting timber and other materials for fabrication, cutting materials to size, sanding, polishing or painting, attaching fittings, preparing cost estimates, operating and programming machinery and designing furniture.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual/Textiles/Graphics)
  • Computers, IT (CNC and CAD)
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good initiative/'can-do' attitude
  • Good at problem solving/creative
Helpful experience
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery and hand tools
  • Working with computers
  • Creative work (writing, drawing, design)
Preferred work environments
  • Indoors (workshop or plant)
  • Different places from time to time



NCEA Level 2 is recommended

Entry level jobs

Traineeship or apprenticeship

  • Cabinet Maker
  • Upholstery Maker
  • Furniture Finisher
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Team leader
  • Supervisor
  • Production Manager
  • Teacher/Tutor
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner

The logistics sector needs skilled people

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