401 Cabinetmaking


  • Joakim Björkström, Optima samkommun
  • Meeri Hamari, Oulun seudun ammattiopisto
  • Severi Kosunen, Saimaan ammattiopisto Sampo
  • Matias Kuisma, Salon seudun ammattiopisto
  • Niko Moisio, Espoon seudun koulutuskuntayhtymä Omnia
  • Ilo Pesonen, Länsi-Uudenmaan koulutuskuntayhtymä Luksia
  • Aslak Ritala, Jokilaaksojen koulutuskuntayhtymä

International competitor

  • Snorre Steenstrup Dyhr (Denmark)

Competition task structure and central task module components

In the competition, a typical piece of furniture will be manufactured. The competitor must be able to use basic woodwork machinery and hand tools, as well as a CNC machine, appropriately and safely, and also schedule the various phases of the task. The finished product must be dimensionally accurate and meet all quality requirements; the schedule must also be followed. The finished product should be fit for sale.

The final competition task for cabinetmaking is to manufacture a product in accordance with the instructions provided. The competitor draws an assembly parts list showing the sizes and quantity of the parts needed. From here, the work progresses to the various machining steps by a range of machines. In the end, the competitor finishes and assembles the product. The assessment criteria for this household product correlate with the skill level ”Excellent”.


Competence requirements

  • reading drawings
  • drafting an assembly parts list
  • using basic tools and machines
  • using hand tools and machines
  • mastering woodworking machines
  • work safety
  • mastering the basic woodworking methods
  • the basics of furniture finishing
  • assembly
  • manufacturing a product fit for sale


Module 1. Assembly parts list
Competition time 1 h

Module 2. Mastering tools and machines
Competition time 19 h

Module 3. Use of materials and new parts
Competition time 19 h

Module 4. Work safety
Competition time 20 h

Module 5. Joints and structures
Competition time 10 h

Module 6. CNC programming
Competition time 2 h

Module 7. Measurable objects
Competition time 20 h

Module 8. Finishing and product functionality
Competition time 4 h



Task duration and allotted time

The total time for completing the tasks is 20 hours. The time includes assignments and lunch breaks.


Main assessment criteria

Objectively measured areas, finishing and product functionality, joints and structures, mastering machines and tools, work safety, assembly parts lists as well as the use of materials and new parts.

The total number of points is 100. It is divided into the following modules:

  • Assembly parts list, 10 p
  • Mastering machines and tools, 20 p
  • Use of materials and new parts, 5 p
  • Work safety, 15 p
  • Joints and structures, 10 p
  • CNC programming, theoretic mastery, 5 p
  • Measurable objects, 15 p
  • Finishing and product functionality, 20 p


Description of the assessment process

Performed in accordance with the rules of the Taitaja competition. The actual assessment objects are specified in the task assessment form.

Assessment is performed by 4 judges: the main judge and three other woodworking professionals


Materials, equipment and work phases used and the competition area

In addition to rough-machined preforms, the competitor may use the machines and tools in the competition site. The product is manufactured using traditional woodworking machines.


What the competitor brings to the competition venue

The competitors must bring the basic cabinetmaking tools, work clothes and personal protection equipment.


Sample task and assessment as a whole

Assessment, see above. Previous final tasks can be examined at the Skills Finland website.



  • main judge Miikka Kotilainen, Puuartisti Oy
  • Jouni Aho, Gradia
  • Evgeny Rongonen, Puuartisti Oy
  • Marko Vänskä, Riveria
  • Marko Varjos, Koulutuskeskus Salpaus
    (international competitor’s judge)

Taitaja Competition enables the develompent of competence and competence demonstration for the competitors. The judges of the skill categories will give feedback to the competitors during the competition and they will also evaluate the competition tasks. The presentations and ideas created during the competition are in the public domain and can be used by an individual or an enterprise. The presentations and ideas can be used as they are or further developed. The Taitaja2019 event is mainly publicly funded from the semifinals to the finals. The materials produced during the event are openly availabe without any usage fees.