22 - 27 August 2019

Cabinetmaking

Cabinetmakers make and repair wooden fixtures and furniture. They work from designs and specifications to measure, cut, join, and carve wood and other timber materials with a wide variety of hand and power tools and equipment, including static machinery, to produce objects of both practical and aesthetic value.

The quality of the cabinetmakers’ work will show in the selection of wood and other materials to best demonstrate characteristics; near-perfect fit, cutting, and assembly of components; construction; and final appearance. Good cabinetmaking requires blueprint reading, hand-eye coordination, mathematical ability, and a steady hand. Cabinetmakers must combine creativity and innovation with precision and accuracy and demonstrate a high appreciation of how to use the beauty of wood to its best effect.

Cabinetmakers can find employment at furniture stores, furniture repair shops, and construction companies. Despite automation and production of prefabricated cabinets, in a modern world that highly values the eye and hand of the skilled craftsman, outstanding cabinetmakers will always be in demand.

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Fun facts

The ancient Egyptians are considered the creators and authors of the chair, stool and bed, because the first furniture was found during excavations in ancient Egypt.

In ancient Greece, chairs, stools, and benches were intended for women and children, while men preferred to talk and feast lying on sofas and beds.

In the Middle Ages, the chest was a universal piece of furniture: it also served as a bed, seating furniture, and portable storage space.

The bed in its usual form appeared in the 19th century only. Before that, in Russia they slept on plank beds (arranged between the stove and a wall, just beneath the ceiling) and benches, in Europe they had very high beds, and in Japan people slept just on mats on the floor.

In 1948, Swedish scientist Dr Bengt Akerblom invented the useful model of the chair. He discovered that regardless of the height of a person, the distance between the chair seat and the waist is always 22-23 cm.

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Daniel Berrios (USA)
Competitor at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

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