What is the Difference Between a Carpenter and a Joiner?

What is the Difference Between a Carpenter and a Joiner?

Carpentry and joinery are two similar construction trades, so it can sometimes be difficult to determine who you need to hire for your construction project. But are carpentry and joinery the same thing?

Both professions involve working with wood, so there are bound to be a few overlapping skills. But there are several distinctive differences between carpentry and joinery that you should be aware of, to ensure you’re getting the best professional for your project.

What are the main differences between carpentry and joinery?

There are several important differences between carpentry and joinery.

One of the most basic differences between the two is that joinery will usually take place in a workshop, whereas carpentry is performed on-site.

Joinery is the process of ‘joining’ two or more pieces of wood together to craft a range of products, including windows, doors, staircases and furniture. Joinery is often performed in a workshop due to the use of heavy machinery.

Carpentry, on the other hand, tends to focus on larger elements, such as the fitting of floors, staircases and roofing. As a result, carpentry is usually performed on-site. Carpenters often work with wood but can often use other materials, such as concrete.

Because carpentry typically takes place on-site, carpenters will often use smaller, portable tools such as nail guns, drills and circular saws. Joiners may use many of the same tools but also make use of heavier equipment such as table saws, routing tables and polishing wheels.

Whether you need a carpenter or a joiner largely depends on what it is you need doing. If you’re looking for someone to craft a piece of specialised furniture, then you should contact a joiner. If you’re looking for someone to install a piece of furniture then you should hire a carpenter.

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From installing full kitchens and kitchen units to timber doors and windows, we can help you with any job for a reasonable and affordable price.

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