Cabinetmaking – Module 27501-15

Cabinetmaking – Module 27501-15


Module 27501-15 introduces advanced trainees and experienced carpenters to the construction of high-quality finished products such as cabinets and furniture. Many companies build and install custom cabinets designed to fit into a specific area or serve a particular need. Custom cabinets are common in both residential and commer- cial construction. Custom entertainment centers, bookcases, and kitchen cabinets are all examples of work done by cabinetmakers. Like trim carpentry, this craft requires great precision, attention to detail, an eye for design, and the ability to use a variety of specialized tools that are unique to cabinet fabrication and construction.

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Learning Objective 1 – Identify and describe the types of wood com- monly used to construct cabinets.

  • Identify and describe solid woods.
  • Identify and describe various types of plywood.
  • Identify and describe particleboard.

Learning Objective 2 – Identify and describe the safe use of various cabinetmaking power tools.

  • Identify and describe the safe use of various types of saws.
  • Identify and describe the safe use of jointers, planers, shapers, and routers.
  • Identify and describe the safe use of sanders, drill presses, and brad guns.

Learning Objective 3 – Identify and describe joints and other construc- tion features of cabinet components and their related hardware and fasteners.

  • Identify and describe the common wood joints used in cabinetmaking.
  • Identify and describe the construction features of cabinet doors, drawers, and shelves.
  • Identify and describe various types of cabinet hardware and fasteners.

Learning Objective 4 – Describe how to assemble, sand, and finish cabinets.

  • Describe the process of cabinet assembly.
  • Describe how to properly sand cabinets.
  • Describe how to apply sealers, wood fillers, and stains.

Learning Objective 5 –  Describe how to prepare and apply laminate to a countertop.

  • Identify basic considerations for laminate installation.
  • Describe how to lay out and cut laminates.
  • Describe how to apply laminate to a countertop.

Performance Tasks

Performance Task 1 (Learning Objectives 2 and 3) – Use power tools to make joints commonly used by cabinetmakers.

Performance Task 2 (Learning Objectives 2, 3, and 4) –  Build a cabinet from a set of drawings.

Performance Task 3 (Learning Objective 5) –  Install plastic laminate on a countertop core.


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