Wood Machinist

Set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wood Machinists do?

A Sculptor of wood, a Wood Machinist trades chisel for power saw to cut and shape wooden pieces. Wood Machinists build door frames, cabinets, and even fence posts for home improvement stores and Builders.

Constructing the finest fencing or sturdiest window frames in town requires someone with a steady hand and the best equipment. Shapers, planers, jointers — as a Wood Machinist, you use and maintain them all. From oiling moving parts to replacing a saw blade, you know your way around your tools. You also take the necessary safety precautions to prevent injuries.

Before you can power up your tools, you need to know what you’re building. Whatever the project, you sketch it out by hand or use computer drafting software to design and print the blueprints. It’s crucial to check and recheck your measurements and angles unless you want lopsided doors and wonky cabinets.

When you’ve cut all the pieces, you move on to assembly and finishing. Pieces need gluing, nailing, polishing, and painting. It’s not enough to simply match pieces together. You must align them by the grain of the wood and watch out for knots.

Your finished products may or may not be painted and decorated, depending on your clients’ needs. Some want bare-bones pieces to customize, while others want detailed designs in the wood itself. Your talent with your tools lets you carve out the most intricate patterns for a unique, finished piece.

Should I be a Wood Machinist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Machinist Apprentice, Wood, Machinist, Wood, Technical Machine Operator, Wood Machinist Apprentice, Wood Mechanist See More

    How to become a Wood Machinist

    Most Wood Machinists have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:95aaaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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