The different types of carpentry and joinery

If you don’t have much experience in the construction industry then the many different types of carpentry can often seem confusing. From the most fundamental question, ‘what is the difference between a carpenter and a joiner?’, to questions about highly specified types of carpentry, we’re here to shed some light on the answers.

What’s the difference between a carpenter and a joiner?

This is easily the question we hear the most and the answer is a simple but important one. Both carpenters and joiners work within the construction industry and both work with wood, but their specialities are very different.

Carpenters work on larger frames and structures, such as house frames, staircases, roofs and flooring. They are experts at working on construction sites and putting together the larger fundamental structures that make up a building under construction.

Joiners, however, produce more detailed or finer wood work, manufacturing window and door frames, flooring, skirting boards, fitted furniture and other details. They often produce their work to highly specified measurements in a workshop environment.

Both roles are essential in the construction of a new build and often onsite carpenters will be fitting joined pieces produced in a workshop.

Types of carpenter

There are a number of specialities within the carpentry trade. Not only will rough carpenters produce the larger framework of the structure but specialised experts are required for making customised staircases, outdoor balconies or fitting floor and roof beams. These jobs are done by rafters and joisters. A highly skilled carpentry team are an essential part of a construction site.

Types of joiner

Within the crews working in the workshops, there are a number of specific jobs, all of which contribute to the final build. Window and door makers are experts when it comes to joining frames, whereas cabinet makers specialise in producing fitted furniture to individual specifications. Cabinet makers make up an important part of any specialised kitchen team.

There are also joiners that are highly experienced in producing detailed trims and flooring, resulting in a finished build that is both stylish and functional.

At JCM, we have team members who are experienced in producing made to measure toilet fittings for commercial properties. If you are looking for a highly professional experienced joinery team for a commercial or private property, get in touch with us at JCM for a personal quote.

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