It is not unusual for cabinet makers to be involved in all aspects of the job, including designing and working from specifications (drawings), giving quotes to customers, selecting and cutting the materials and fitting and assembling the components by gluing, clamping, nailing or screwing pieces together. They may also do the final sanding, polishing or staining of the wood and any intricate carving and inlay work.
These precision craftspeople are highly skilled in their trade, being able to transform the unique grains and knots featured in a piece of speciality timber into an article of beauty.
Cabinet Makers can also use traditional wood working methods to build and install kitchen cabinets, wall units, built in robes and display cases for both commercial and domestic markets. However, there is an increasing trend towards using technology and automated production processes, especially with the emergence of the flat panel sector. Using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacturing) systems, machines can cut out, drill and rout in one pass. A CNC router can groove wood in shapes with a single or multiple spindles.