Bench Carpenter

Assemble precut and prefabricated wooden parts to form complete units.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bench Carpenters do?

Assembles precut and prefabricated wooden parts to form complete units, using woodworking hand and power tools: Reads blueprints, shop drawings, or written instructions to determine method and sequence of assembling parts. Measures, shapes, adjusts, trims, and sands parts and joints to make parts fit snugly, using rulers, handtools, and sandpaper. Applies glue and inserts dowels or screws to fasten subassemblies together and form complete unit, using handtools and clamps. May install hardware in subassemblies or into completed unit. May work on an assembly line and be responsible for only one phase of assembly process.


Should I be a Bench Carpenter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Bench Examiner, Bench Mover, Carpenter, Box, Exhibit Carpenter

    How to become a Bench Carpenter

    Bench Carpenters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Bench Carpenter-related education!
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