Hand Shaper

Dress and smooth curved wooden furniture parts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $41,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Shapers do?

Dresses and smooths curved wooden furniture parts by clamping roughly sawed or shaped part in vise and shaping it to specified contours and finish, using tools, such as spokeshave, plane, rasps, and power sander.


Should I be a Hand Shaper?

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

  • How to become a Hand Shaper

    Most Hand Shapers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaoaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2819%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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