What does a Woodworker do?
Woodworkers make wood products from different materials from lumber and synthetic wood materials. They make a variety of products, such as, cabinets, furniture, toys, or instruments. They use hand tools, automated machinery and a variety of power tools.
Depending on where the woodworker is employed, they may work with lots of dust and noise. Woodworkers have a high rate of illnesses and injuries that is above the national average.
How to become a Woodworker
Woodworkers typically require a high school diploma or the equivalent because of the increasingly sophisticated machinery used on the job. Most woodworkers are trained on the job under experienced woodworkers. For one considering this occupation, it would be beneficial to take wood shop and mathematics while in high school. Other aspirants take courses in technical schools or community college or in universities that offer training in wood engineering, production management, wood technology, and furniture making.
Programs such as these prepare one for employment in production, supervision management, and engineering because technology in woodworking is advancing. Certification is not required. However, is may be advantageous to prove a candidate's competence and professionalism, as well as the opportunity for advancement in the job.
Job Description of a Woodworker
The duties of a woodworker typically include reading blueprints, schematics, shop drawings, and architectural drawings. They set up machinery and prepare the tools needed for the woodworking job. They use hoists or their hands to lift wood pieces into machines and operate the saws, sanding, milling, and other machines needed for the job.
A woodworker is careful to detect any defects in the machines being used and ensure all products meet product specifications and safety standards. He or she selects the proper sanding tools required and the correct boring, cutting, and milling tools for a specific job. They need to use the hand tools for assembling or trimming pieces. They need to use automated machinery, such as computerized numerical control (CNC) to work more accurately. He or she also installs hardware, like drawer slides and pulls and fit products, such as electrical components, glass, stone, and metal trims. They may also stain and coat a wood product with sealers or topcoats. Some woodworkers are employed to work in an assembly line while others may do more customized work.