Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking

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Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking

Technical Diploma

29 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

Transform sheets of plywood into your own custom creations in the Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking program. This two-semester program is a fast track to becoming a cabinetmaker or finish carpenter. 

Program Overview

The Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking technical diploma will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in cabinet and/or furniture shops, furniture factories, display shops, and finish the interior of homes. Students will learn the fundamentals of cabinetmaking and furniture making along with installation and interior finish, print reading, math concepts, and CNC machine operation. Safety principles and the use of hand and power tools will also be covered. 

Program Outcomes

Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking graduates will be able to:

  • Read blueprints
  • Set up machinery
  • Operate saws, joiners, planers, shapers, sanders and other woodworking machinery
  • Assemble parts
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Stay on top of the latest architectural woodworking & cabinetmaking technologies and methods with this technical diploma. 

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Hands-on learning.

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Learn multiple techniques and processes to finish cabinets and furniture.

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Develop well-rounded and versatile skills.


Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking classes are offered in a face-to-face setting. This allows you to enjoy the traditional college experience with your peers and instructors, while learning from one another. 

Furniture Making

As a student in this program, you will design and construct heirloom furniture. 

Experienced Instructors

You'll learn from industry-respected instructors who have many years of experience. 


You will create cut list and process stock to build cabinets.

Required Courses

You will learn the fundamentals of cabinetmaking and furniture making along with installation and interior finish, print reading, match concepts and CNC machine operation. Safety principles and the use of hand and power tools will also be covered. 

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Featured Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking Courses

| 5 CR
This is a lab/shop/theory application. This course covers the basics of cabinet and furniture construction. Fundamental machine operations and safety rules are taught. The students are required to construct, by approved machine methods, the common joints used in good construction. The study of wood and other materials, hand tools and bench work, shop drawing, design, and layout are a part of the basic course.
| 5 CR
This is a lab/shop/theory application focuses on finishing and fine tolerances of the cabinet making trade. This course will provide the skills needed for advanced production cabinetmaking, including materials cut lists, ordering, setting up machines for production cabinetmaking, assembly as well as production wood finishes. PREREQUISITE: 32410302 Cabinet and Furniture Making 2.
| 2 CR
This course provides instruction in reading and interpreting shop drawings, residential drawings, and commercial building plans. Emphasis is placed on building terminology and learning conventional techniques of communicating building methods from the designer to the builder. Students learn to visualize the structure and to interpret elevations, plan views, details, and sections from drawings. They also learn to read and interpret building specifications.

Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 


You could take this first and get a credential.

You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
9 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Construction Worker, Construction/Carpenter Laborer, Carpenter Assistant, Carpentry Framer
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Continue your education to earn an associate degree. 

Technical Diploma
62 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Carpenter, Woodworking Machine Operator, Furniture Finisher, Millperson, Machine Setup Person, Cabinetmaker/Furniture Maker, Salesperson, Estimator, Drafter, Material Handling Specialist, Interior/Exterior Finisher
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Continue your education to earn a bachelor degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking

29 Credits | 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn an Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetmaking technical diploma. Continue your education at Northwood Tech with the Construction & Cabinetmaking technical diploma.

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