Use your wood-handling expertise in all areas of carpentry.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Woodworkers do?

A Woodworker’s job is to turn wood into a finished product. When most people look at trees, they can’t see past the bark, branches, and leaves. For a Woodworker, however, a tree is never just a tree. It’s a cabinet, door, house, table, chair, armoire, guitar, canoe, or carving.

In other words, when you’re a Woodworker, you look at trees and see infinite possibility and unlimited potential. It’s how a Musician feels when they see an instrument, and how an Artist feels when they see a canvas. A tree — or, to be more exact, wood — is your medium.

An A+ student in shop class, you’re a lumber lover who’s graduated into a career that’s all about creation and craftsmanship. Employed at sawmills, wood shops, factories, and construction sites — and perhaps even in your very own studio, if you’re self-employed — you’re hired to design, carve, build, and assemble things out of wood, including furniture, cabinetry, tools, musical instruments, and arts and crafts, just to name a few.

Potentially known as a Carpenter or Cabinetmaker, depending on your skills and specialty, you do what you do using a variety of tools — including chisels, saws, drills, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and nail guns — and products: for instance, glues, stains, sealers, lacquers, and varnishes. Perhaps your most important instrument, however, is your talent, as woodworking is very difficult and extremely intricate.

In a world full of mass-produced plastic, metal, stone, and concrete, you’re at once a traditionalist and a renegade, turning today’s timber into tomorrow’s antiques. (Just remember: Beware of splinters!)

Should I be a Woodworker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Airplane Woodworker, Hand Woodworking Sander, Ski Maker, Wood, Wood Carver, Wood Casket Assembler, Wood Casket Maker See More

    How to become a Woodworker

    Woodworkers 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 Woodworker-related education!
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