Cabinet Making

Learn practical skills and approaches for planning, organisation, assembly and fitting of cabinets for varied use.

Course Code: BSS201
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn practical skills and approaches to the planning, organisation, assembly and fitting of cabinets for varied use.



This course teaches how to:

  • recognise signs of poor cabinet construction or faults where design and/or functionality is being impacted and how to fix problems!
  • helps people understand how restoration can be done properly for a quality finish!

  • lays out strategies which can be implemented into a focused plan for manufacture or safe and easy installation of cabinetry!



Why choose ACS as your online school...

  • Students will be inspired to learn beyond the course materials by working with raw and finished materials and tools.

  • Students learn how to respond to the needs of customers or businesses seeking cabinet making skills. 

  • Students will learn the complexities of the cabinet making process in an easy to follow expertly structured lesson materials.

  • Students will have tutor support available for the ups and downs as they progress.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature & Scope of Cabinet Making
    • Introduction to Cabinet Making
    • Design of Cabinets
    • Types of Cabinets
    • Construction Materials
    • Career Opportunities in Cabinet Making
  2. The Cabinet Maker's Workshop
    • Introduction to the Workshop
    • Workshop Safety
    • Workshop Tools and Equipment
    • Hand Tools
    • Power Tools & Machinery
    • Sawing Machines
    • Other Equipment
    • Tool Care
  3. Job Preparation
    • Introduction to Planning
    • Taking Measurements
    • Measurement Equipment
    • Understanding Technical Drawing
    • Types of Drawings
    • Making Drawings for Clients
    • Taking On-Site Measurements
    • Estimating Costs
  4. Cabinet Construction
    • Benchtops
    • Strength in Construction
    • Frameless Construction
    • Framed Construction
    • Cabinet Making Jigs
    • Adhesives and Sealants
  5. Cabinet Doors
    • Introduction to Doors
    • Cabinet Styles
    • Types of Cabinet Doors
    • How to Make Doors
    • Hanging Cabinet Doors
    • Hinge Types and Installing Hinges
    • Sliding Doors
  6. Cabinet Drawers
    • Drawer Design Introduction
    • Making Drawers
    • Types of Joints
    • Drawer Fronts/Panels
    • Installing Drawers
    • Installing Kitchen Benchtops or Work Surfaces
    • Installing Wall Cabinets
    • Adjusting Fitted Units
  7. Onsite Installation
    • Installing Base or Floor Cabinets
    • Installing Benchtops or Work Surfaces
    • Installing Wall Cabinets
    • Adjusting Fitted Cabinets
  8. Free-Standing Cabinets
    • Versatility of Free Standing Cabinets
    • Types of Cabinets Room by Room
    • How to Make Free-Standing Cabinets
  9. Finishes & Furniture
    • Surface Preparation for Finishes
    • Finishing with Paint
    • Using Stains
    • Special Finishes - Veneers
    • Natural Timbers Finishes
    • Outdoor Finishes
    • Protecting the Insides of Cabinets
    • Cabinet Furniture
  10. Special Project: Build a Cabinet
    • Option A: Making a Cabinet
    • For this option the cabinet to be constructed can be a relatively simple cabinet such as a small wall cabinet/medicine cabinet for a bathroom, or it can be a free-standing cabinet like a dressing table or linen cupboard, or it can be a fitted cabinet like a built-in wardrobe, bathroom cabinet, or kitchen unit.
    • Option B: Restoring or Altering a Cabinet
    • Alternative project for those unable to make a cabinet:
    • Students must restore a cabinet or make significant alterations to a cabinet. The cabinet selected for restoration or modification can be any sort of cabinet that the student has access to.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss the components of cabinets, cabinet materials, types of cabinets and the role of cabinet makers.
  • Describe cabinet making workshop layouts, hand tools, power tools and how to operate them.
  • Describe the reasons why job preparation is important before beginning any cabinet making project, and recognise specific skills needed to prepare well.
  • Describe how to construct different types of cabinets.
  • Discuss different styles and components of cabinet doors.
  • Describe the construction of drawer boxes and fronts, including the installation of the front panel, and explain the completed drawer installation.
  • Explain safe and proper onsite installation of wall mounted or fixed cabinetry.
  • Describe the construction and assembly of free-standing cabinets.
  • Explain how to finish different types of cabinet making materials.
  • Design and construct a cabinet or restore or make alterations to an existing cabinet.

What You Will Do

  • This course is skills based and will enhance the students ability to make or restore furniture.
  • Written by experienced ACS content writers with knowledge and skills in engineering, construction, carpentry, materials technology and design.
  • The course varies in breadth across ten lessons, with expertly designed tasks and activities to support depth of learning too.
  • A practical and hands-on course which demands commitment and dedication from students.

Opportunities in Cabinet Making Exist Now!

Cabinet makers can work on projects in different industries like manufacturing, construction, or retail. In manufacturing, cabinet makers may work in warehouse facilities or factories. 

They may also be self-employed or establish small businesses. Self-employed cabinet makers might work from a home garage, workshop, shed or something similar. 

Some may service the private sector only making cabinets to order for businesses and retail customers. Other opportunities can be found as subcontractors or employees of construction companies or small-scale home builders.  

What Skills Will You Need for Success?

Cabinet making requires different skills - technical, organisational, and craftsmanship. 

  • Be reasonably fit since it can be physically demanding work. 
  • Having a good eye for detail.
  • Planning skills are needed to organise jobs efficiently.
  • Good communication skills are needed when working with clients and others.
  • Creativity is required for design. 
  • Problem solving skills are helpful to overcome problems with construction.
  • Patience is also something that is needed when things don’t go to plan. 


This course complements other qualifications or experience in:

Building Renovation 

Furniture Making & Repair



Healthy Buildings I 

Healthy Buildings II 

.. .and more!


To be a good cabinet maker, a person needs to have the theoretical knowledge to underpin what they do. For example, cabinet makers know all the different ways timber can be joined together and the pros and cons of each.  If the awareness of that knowledge isn’t developed, they won’t make the right choices when building. 
The practical, hands-on experience of cabinet making begins to make more sense, and is of more long term value, when built on the foundation of theoretical knowledge.   Over time, experience deepens, broadens and strengthens both knowledge and hands on craftsman skills. 
The best cabinet makers may have taken decades to hone their craft – but all too often people today are not shown that's a long journey…  This formal course will set you on that pathway and your cabinet making and joinery skills will grow and evolve with practice and over time.

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