Dovetail Machine Operator

Tend machines that press notched ends of boards together.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dovetail Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that presses notched ends of boards together to form lock-corner box frame: Turns handwheels to adjust side and end pressure bars according to frame dimension. Positions boards on table and starts machine. Presses pedal to activate pressure bars that force notched ends of boards together, forming lock-corner joints. May dip ends of boards in glue before joining. May melt glue in glue pot.

Should I be a Dovetail Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Dollyman, Dovetailer

    How to Become a
    Dovetail Machine Operator

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