What’s The Difference Between a Carpenter and a Joiner?

What’s the Difference Between a Carpenter and a Joiner? Believe it or not, it depends on where in the country you are!

In its simplest form, in the South West UK a Carpenter constructs the building elements on-site and a joiner ‘joins’ wood and timber in a workshop. Northern UK terms do slightly reverse these roles.

What Jobs Does A Carpenter Do?

  • Making wooden doors/ window frames
  • Creating fitted furniture/ reception counters etc.
  • Acoustic panels and mouldings
  • Making stair flights

What Common Tasks Do Carpentry Contractors Carry Out?

  • Fitting floor structures and floors
  • Fitting timber roof structures
  • Fitting wooden cabinet frames and kitchens
  • Fitting staircases
  • Fitting door frames, doors, ironmongery
  • Fixing window frames
  • Installing cupboards and shelving

What does it take to be one of the best carpenters in Somerset, South West UK?

Not only does a Carpenter need good practical hand skills, but more importantly needs the inbuilt high finishing standards in all aspects and stages of woodworks and timber preparation and cutting to exact specifications.

Ready to hire an experienced carpentry contracting team? Call the Project Manager on 0800 228 9860 or Contact Us online to book in a FREE on-site assessment in the South West UK areas.

What qualifications would teach a carpenter to learn technical knowledge and woodworking skills?

Carpenters are normally qualified in the past with City & Guilds qualifications and more recently NVQ.  But more importantly, they are trained for a number of years from skilled tradesmen. It may be independent apprenticeship programs or training courses from vocational and technical schools.

During hands-on training time, students can acquire the necessary timber preparation, knowledge and woodworking technical skills for their future carpentry career, for instance, proper use of various tools, roof framing, or furniture finishing.

However, after this formal training is complete, the real learning starts. ‘On the job’ is when Carpenters really craft their skills over the years leaning and honing the best way to achieve the finishes and high standards. Our team consists of master woodworkers and timber experts.

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Carpentry Contracting – The Key To The Team and Logical Thinking

Carpenters are one of the most important factors in achieving successful projects. Not only being able to achieve a complex yet attractive wooden structures but also having the ability to overcome such a wide variety of project quirks and problems, providing the finishing touches that make the projects a stunning finished article.

Project Detail Orientation

Great carpenters always pay close attention to details of projects. Carpentry requires precise measurements because it can affect other related tasks and is mostly a finish ‘on show’ item of work.

Math Skills

Quality carpenters must be good at basic math to do their jobs well. They need to be able to read and understand technical drawings and instructions. Making calculations of measurements and angles from complex roofs to bespoke kitchens/joinery.

Physical Ability

Like other skilled trades, good physical fitness is a must for all carpenters, particularly those working on the more structural elements such as wooden floor joists, roof structures, and timber frames. Whilst in modern-day construction mechanical lifting is very much implemented, a physical aspect is still applicable. Safe and effective methods of achieving the handling of work components is also a skill that is learned, developed, and mastered over the years.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are very important as a Carpenter. Quite often a Carpenter will take the lead on many teams as they both have the input in the construction of the structural elements and the finishing items. Good people skills make a great contribution to effective teamwork in every construction project.

Problem Solving

A problem-solving Carpenter makes a project. Unfortunately, a building site doesn’t always run smoothly and quite often needs a problem solver on the team to keep things moving. This is where the Carpenter is paramount, as mentioned above because the Carpenter has an active involvement in all stages of the project

Constructs Carpentry Contractors – Somerset and South West UK’s Best Carpenters

Here at Constructs we employ and develop the best Carpenters that demonstrate the skills needed to become an outstanding member of the team and an integral part of the successful project delivery.

Accredited Q Mark Fire Door Installers in Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Dorset

Constructs Carpentry South West have accredited Q mark Fire Door installers in Somerset, Taunton, Exeter, Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol, Dorset.

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By being an active team member, by problem-solving whilst delivering the highest quality installs in:

  • Roof trusses
  • Cut roofs
  • Timber floor joists
  • 1st fix, 2nd fix
  • Kitchen installations and frame building
  • Cladding (see below)

Cladding and Carpentry Contractors That Work With More Than Wood

Timber Cladding– Everyone is used to Carpenters installing timber cladding systems such as Larch, Cedar, and Thermowood products. These timbers along with highly skilled Carpenters provide an attractive look and sustainable feature. However, times and regulations are changing, more versatile, compliant, and robust products are being preferred. Not only for their longevity and range of appearances but also for their fire rating properties.

Fire-rated cladding systems are an essential key of building methods moving forward and Constructs Carpenters are ready and familiar with the detailing, supply, and methods of installation.

Below is an example of some of these products:


Fibre Cement Cladding- Here at Constructs we are preferred contractors of James Hardie, they have recognised that not only can Constructs provide the highest quality Carpentry for traditional methods such as Timber Cladding, and internal Joinery, they also have the adaptability to achieve the same great finish with new products. James Hardie is the leader in providing a wide range of economical cladding systems, provided in many colours and finishes, but more importantly due to the nature of the composition, it achieves the highest class of fire rating A2, s1-d0. We can guarantee that want to know that the walls of your building will protect you. Fire feasts on wood, and it melts vinyl, or uPVC, almost instantly. But James Hardie® fibre cement cladding will not ignite when exposed to a direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire.

James Hardie cladding, weatherboards, and building facades are made from advanced fibre cement material, which is non-combustible, compared to wood cladding and uPVC cladding. With a high density and dimensional stability, fibre cement is naturally resistant to adverse events such as fire, extreme weather conditions, pests, rot, and fade.

James Hardie non-combustible boards have been extensively fire-tested under the EN 13501-1:2002 suite of fire tests for CE compliance, which examines material reactions in respect of:

  • Direct flame applied
  • Heat transmission
  • Flame spread
  • Smoke production
  • Flaming particle emissions


Ever experienced slippery, mouldy decks? Well, timber decks, whilst are very attractive when first laid, the required maintenance can soon detract from its natural benefits. There is an answer? Composite decking boards such as Millboard. This is a composite decking that has a range of products that provides grained, textured boards that are non-slip even in the wet, they also are available in multiple colours and timber look finishes that last the test of time, and comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

With the composition of Millboard, you do not even need a special concealed fixing. Just use the stainless fixing screws supplied and the decking automatically seals over the fixing penetration, so that you don’t see it anymore. Now that’s attention to detail and the type of product our Carpenters like to fit at Constructs.

Another aspect of The Millboard Way which aligns with Constructs values to be as sustainable as possible and Millboard decking is a low-carbon material that has been rigorously tested to ensure its production has minimal impact on the environment.

Constructs have developed a network of key resellers which allows us to provide the best service, backed up by our partner’s support in providing the products and services required to achieve a flawless Carpentry install.

So, whether its traditional Carpentry products or a range of composite engineered products we are the Carpentry Contractor in Somerset that can deliver consistently. We cover all areas between Bristol and Somerset, Exeter, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Plymouth and the South Coast. Call 0800 228 9860 or Contact Us online to brief us on your project and projected timeline.