Cabinetmaker or Cabinet Maker?

  • November 16, 2016 3:22 PM
    Message # 4395917
    Tom Shirley (Administrator)

    Is the craft of making furniture Cabinetmaking or Cabinet Making or can it be either?

    Hope I am not starting a Pins vs Tails thing here.

  • November 17, 2016 6:58 AM
    Reply # 4397329 on 4395917
    Jim Tartaglia (Administrator)


  • November 17, 2016 10:01 AM
    Reply # 4397485 on 4395917

    Compound words are made up of two whole words that function as a single unit of meaning, and that the two words give clues to the meaning of the compound word.

    There are three different types of compound words:

    • Closed form: Two words are joined together to create a new meaning (firefly, softball, redhead, keyboard, makeup, notebook).
    • Hyphenated form: Words are joined together by a hyphen (daughter-in-law, over-the-counter, six-year-old).
    • Open form: Words are open but when read together, a new meaning is formed (post office, real estate, full moon). 

    Personally, I prefer the closed form for woodworking terms, like cabinetmaker, bandsaw and slipstone.   The problem arises when your spell check doesn't recognize a woodworking compound and signals a misspelling.  But any of the three forms are correct, so choose which you like best and add it to your spell check dictionary.

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