Cabinetmaking & Millwork

Cabinetmakers and millworkers produce the wood furnishings and finishes we often take for granted. In our Cabinetmaking & Millwork program, students learn how these craftspeople turn wood or wood products into cabinetry and more.

As they grow familiar with the materials and increasingly high-tech tools of the trade, students master the following skills:

  • Read blueprints and shop drawings for furniture; develop material lists, layouts and cutting lists
  • Use hand tools, power tools and stationary equipment to shape, cut and construct cabinetry
  • Program and operate CNC machines; use CNC machines to shape and cut cabinet parts
  • Assemble cabinetry using various adhesives, fasteners and joinery techniques; install hardware
  • Prepare wood for finishing; apply stains, polyurethanes and lacquers with spray gun
  • Install wall and base cabinets, countertops, vanities and kitchen sinks

Students develop their skills in a state-of-the-art program lab outfitted with a CNC machining center, a European sliding saw and other industry-standard equipment. After learning fundamentals like squaring stock and cutting joints, they advance to building canoe shelves, shaker tables and kitchen cabinets from scratch. Along the way, students work with everything from pine and cherry woods to plywoods and laminates.

Students routinely team up with peers in LCTI’s carpentry and masonry programs to tackle projects for community schools and nonprofit organizations. Plus, upperclassmen are encouraged to gain resume-building experience by securing internship or co-op positions with local companies. Shop safety, furniture repair and refinishing, frameless construction and solid surface fabrication are important elements of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Cabinetmaking & Millwork students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

A statewide articulation agreement known as SOAR allows students to earn college credit for their work in the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program.

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Cabinetmaker
  • Furniture Finisher/Restorer
  • Production Worker
  • Woodworking Machine Operator

with credentials and experience:

  • Contractor
  • Plant/Mill Supervisor
  • Production Manager

with postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Construction Manager
  • Millwork Drafter/Engineer


Teacher:  Matthew Welsh



Cabinetmaking & Millwork
Cabinetmaking & Millwork
Cabinetmaking & Millwork
Cabinetmaking & Millwork

Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Allen Organ Company
  • American Millwork & Cabinetry
  • Angelino’s Custom Cabinets
  • Brader’s Woodcraft

Student Organizations

Cabinetmaking & Millwork students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.