Cabinetmaking

Cabinetmaking

Scott Ribarchik, Instructor
Phone: 610-866-8013, ext. 604.
Email: ribarchiks@bavts.org

Interior cabinetmakers and remodelers work with a variety of materials and tools to create such finished products as furniture, kitchen cabinets, and countertops. Jobs available in this field may include custom cabinet design and installation, independent craftsman/contractor, retail lumber sales, pattern maker, estimator, industrial and architectural millwork, and custom furniture builders.

Skilled cabinetmakers must possess the ability to read blueprints and measure accurately. They must also be able to select the appropriate wood for the project and apply the best finish to bring out the beauty of the project. Knowledge of the use and safety of various hand and power tools is required.

Students learn the basic skills for cutting, assembling and finishing a project. Through a series of projects, including the design and installation of the kitchen for the House Project, students learn to read blueprints and operate various hand and power tools, such as a radial arm saw, jointer, thickness planner, belt sander, and router. They also learn basic carpentry, such as wall and floor layout, and the application of different wall and floor coverings. Students work with various types of construction material (i.e. wood, laminates) and practice appropriate finishing techniques.

Careers in Cabinetmaking
Semi-Skilled: Pallet Maker, Apprentice, Warehousing
Skilled: Cabinet Maker, Pattern Maker, Shop Foreman, Material/Equipment/Retail Sales,Cabinet Millwork, Finish Carpenter, Estimator, Kitchen Designer, Installation Contractor, General Contractor Technician, CNC Programmer, CNC Operator
Professional: Instructor, Project Manager

desks

Desks designed and built in the Cabinetmaking Program for their theory lab.