An interior finish carpenter basically works towards making the inside of a building look good – through his carpentry work. Making and installing cabinets and bookcases is no easy feat – neither is shaping doors and windows. An interior finish carpenter does all this and more.
To be eligible to work as an interior finish carpenter, you have to possess a high school diploma or a GED. In addition to this, you will need hands-on experience and exposure to working on projects that require such intricacies. Apart from making and installing cabinets and cases, an interior finish carpenter also needs to know how to select, measure and mark materials for interior paneling, trims and moldings.
If you have a way of working with your hands, like working with wood, possess a great eye for detail, and can work with precision tools, working as an interior finish carpenter is probably down your alley. Usually, an interior finish carpenter works the usual 40 hours a week, but he or she may be expected to work overtime to meet deadlines. To work at this position, you have to be exceptionally strong where physical stamina is considered, and possess the ability to understand and appreciate work hazards.
Here is what you will be doing as an interior finish carpenter on any typical day at work:
Interior Finish Carpenter Job Description
• Look through blueprints and drawings to determine requirements for interior finishing work
• Select, measure and mark appropriate materials for interior paneling and trims
• Cut and shape materials and join them using glue, nails, screws and bolts
• Develop work plans and ensure that they are adhered to during each shift
• Cut, shape and assemble wood and plastic sections using shop tools and equipment
• Prepare material estimates and ensure that they are run by clients and supervisors for permission
• Use a variety of tools such as table saws, sheet sanders, nail guns, utility knives and carpenter squares to perform finishing duties
• Assist in installing wood and plastic paneling on walls and doors, while maintaining aesthetic look of the surface
• Perform wood floor lamination and install hand rails and bathroom accessories
• Ascertain that work area is clean and free from hazardous materials before beginning each shift
• Determine the type and dimension of wood that is required and ensure that it is properly leveled before being used
• Supervise the work of student carpenters and / or apprentices in the absence of the lead carpenter or supervisor