Carpenter: Cabinet Maker Apprenticeship

Did you know?*

*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Return to top of page

What Does a Cabinetmaker Do?

Cabinet Makers 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.

They study blueprints or drawings of articles to be constructed or repaired and plan the sequence of cutting or shaping operations to be performed. They mark outline or dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock according to blueprint or drawing specifications. They match materials for color, grain or texture. They set up and operate woodworking machines such as power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, and molder and shapers to cut and shape parts from woodstock. They trim component parts of joints to ensure snug fit using handtools such as plane, chisel or wood file. Cabinetmakers also bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels by hand or using boring machine. They glue, fit and clamp parts and subassemblies together to form a complete unit using clamps or clamping machine. They also drive nails or other fasteners into joints at designated places to reinforce joints, and sand and scrape surfaces and joints of articles to prepare articles for finishing. Cabinetmakers install hardware such as hinges, catches and drawer pulls, and may also install or repair furniture including modular office equipment.

Tasks:

Return to top of page

What Are the Working Conditions?

Carpenters may work indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions requiring prolonged standing, climbing, kneeling, squatting and lifting heavy carpentry materials. Working conditions vary with each job and may include working on ladders and scaffolding. Carpenters are occasionally exposed to fumes and dust. Ongoing safety training is provided to avoid job site accidents. Extensive traveling may be required.

Return to top of page

How is the Training Structured?

Return to top of page

What are the Application Requirements?

Return to top of page

What Skills Should I Possess?

Return to top of page

Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding

Ben Stahlecker

Central Wisconsin Area Carpentry JAC 500 32nd St N
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: (715) 422-5375
Fax: (715) 422-5377
Ben Stahlecker
Fox Valley/Lakeshore Area Carpentry JAC N2218 Bodde Rd
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Phone: (920) 766-1515
Fax: (920) 766-7050
Lisa Perkofski
Green Bay Area Carpentry JAC N2218 Bodde Rd
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Phone: (920) 766-1515
Fax: (920) 766-7050
Burt Harding
Wausau Area Carpenters JAC 1630 County XX
Rothschild, WI 54474
Phone: (715) 355-0800
Fax: (715) 355-0807
Ben Stahlecker

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
Central Wisconsin Area Carpentry JAC 500 32nd St N
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: (715) 422-5375
Fax: (715) 422-5377
Ben Stahlecker
Eau Claire Area Carpentry JAC mailing address:
2302 West Cameron St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Travis Ludvigson
Wausau Area Carpenters JAC 1630 County XX
Rothschild, WI 54474
Phone: (715) 355-0800
Fax: (715) 355-0807
Ben Stahlecker

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Sandy Martin

Sandy Destree

Lakeshore Area Carpentry Advisory Committee 1290 North Ave.
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Phone: (920) 693-1279
Fax: (920) 693-3508
Sandra Destree
Madison Area Carpentry JAC 5202 Monument Ln
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 241-0960
Fax: (608) 241-0930
Debbie Schanke
Southeast WI Area Carpentry JAC N25 W23055 Paul Rd, Suite 3
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: (262) 574-6995
Fax: (262) 574-6994
Bob Scheldroup

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan

Mary Harrington
La Crosse Area Carpentry JAC 2421 Larson St.
La Crosse, WI 54603
Phone: (608) 788-6240
Fax: (608) 788-6250
Kathy O'Sullivan
Madison Area Carpentry JAC 5202 Monument Ln
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 241-0960
Fax: (608) 241-0930
Debbie Schanke

Return to top of page

Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Carpentry trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/woodworkers.htm

Return to top of page

Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook