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Unit: Hand and power tools

Section: Types of tools

MSFFM2001: Use furniture making hand and power tools

Competencies covered

MSFFM2001: Use furniture making hand and power tools


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There's a huge variety of hand and power tools available to cabinetmakers, often with different designs for each type of tool.

Sometimes you can get away with using a tool that isn't quite right, but gets the job done anyway.

However, it's always best to make the effort to get the exact tool you need, especially if you're doing a certain job over and over again.

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The right tool for the job not only makes it easier and quicker to get the task done properly, it also greatly reduces the chance of something going wrong or someone getting hurt.

In this section, we'll look at the hand-held tools commonly used by cabinetmakers. As a kitchen and bathroom specialist, you may not need all of these tools, particularly if you only work with manufactured board products. But it's still important to know what the full range of tools are, because there may be times when you come across a tricky situation that is best handled with a specialised tool.

We'll also cover the basic set-out and measuring tools used on-site for installing kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

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Completing this section

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The assignment for this section will ask you to describe a range of hand tools that you use at work.

Have a look at the Assignment now to see what you'll need to do to complete it. You'll find the link in the menu bar.

Also in the menu bar are links to the lessons for this section:

  • Measuring and setting out

  • Hammering and nailing

  • Drilling and screwing

  • Planing and sanding

  • Cutting, chiselling and routing

  • Storage and maintenance

  • Sharpening cutting edges.

These lessons will provide you with background information that will help you with the assignment.

The Just for fun exercise looks at the direction of rotation of various power tools.

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