Furniture Assembler

Assemble wooden parts or assemblies to form articles of furniture.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Furniture Assemblers do?

Assembles wooden parts or assemblies to form sections, frames, or complete articles of furniture: Trims joints to fit, using handtools. Blows dust from mortises and areas to be glued, using airhose. Spreads glue on surfaces to be joined by drawing wood across roller partially submerged in glue, by using brush dipped in glue, or by using glue-filled squeeze bottle. Knocks connecting parts together with mallet or compresses assembled parts in clamp until glue has dried. Wipes excess glue from joints with rag. Drills holes and drives screws into parts to join parts or to reinforce glued joints, using power drill and screwdriver. Attaches glue blocks, metal braces, corner blocks, drawer guides, tops, molding, shelves, dust bottoms, back panels, or skids with nails, screws, glue, or staples, using handtools and power tools. Inspects and verifies accuracy of assembled article for conformance to specified standards, using square and tape measure. Smooths irregular joints with rasp and sandpaper, and levels chair legs, using circular leveling saw. May drill holes and attach hardware, such as drawer guides, drawer locks, catches, and latches, using power drill and handtools. May slide drawers in and out to test ease of movement, and adjust ill-fitting drawers, using handtools. May be known in establishment according to part or article assembled. May work as member of team along conveyor line.

Should I be a Furniture Assembler?

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

  • How to become a Furniture Assembler

    Furniture Assemblers 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 Furniture Assembler-related education!
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