Furniture Makers use a variety of woods, laminates, and other materials to design, construct, craft, and repair cabinets, chairs, desks, tables, dressers, fixtures, and other related products. They may also restore antique pieces of furniture. Furniture Makers are employed by furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies, and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Furniture Makers are required to complete.
- Building, maintaining, and repairing different pieces of furniture:
- Studying plans, specifications, sketches, or drawings of furniture to be made;
- consulting with clients to find out their needs and working towards a concept;
- drafting or sketching an original design, if necessary;
- marking outlines or dimensions of parts on wood or other materials;
- measuring, cutting, shaping, welding/joining, and/or assembling the different materials according to the design plans (e.g. wood, wood substitutes, metals, or textiles);
- completing the piece by using glue and clamps, as well as reinforcing joints using nails, screws, or other fasteners;
- sanding wooden surfaces and applying veneer or stain, painting and polishing finished products, and finalizing aesthetics; and
- repairing or restyling damaged furniture, fixtures, and other related products.
- Ensuring that their products are well constructed and sturdy enough for the purpose for which they were designed.
- Restoring antique furniture.
- Operating woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, mortisers, and shapers:
- Using hand tools to cut, shape, and form parts and components; and
- ensuring safe use of tools and potentially harmful chemicals.
- Creating a network of vendors, suppliers, and clients:
- Sourcing different materials, such as wood, timber, metal, plastic, leather, and aluminum, from specialist suppliers and merchants.
- Estimating amount, type, and cost of materials required.
- Keeping up-to-date on the latest market trends and developments.
- Reading and studying plans, specifications, and drawings.
- Building, maintaining, and repairing pieces of furniture made of wood, wood substitutes, metal, and other materials.
- Operating woodworking machines and other hand tools.
- Assembling furniture and attaching parts together, as well as adding parts like brackets, hinges, handles, and locks.
- Working out the quantity, type, and cost of the materials needed.
The average salary for Furniture Maker related jobs is $44,328 per year or $23 per hour. This is around 1.4 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $31,000 while most experienced workers make up to $62,000. These results are based on 29 salaries extracted from job descriptions.