Do I need a Carpenter, Joiner or Cabinet Maker?

 

Whilst the three terms have, in the modern age, become more interchangeable, there are historical differences between the three roles.

The historical hierarchy of woodworkers was Carpenter – Joiner –  Cabinet Maker

These definitions have been drawn from various historical sources and updated to help understand how the roles are defined today.  The division between the three roles is less clear than it was in the 17th and 18th Century but it is useful to understand the basic differences when looking for skilled tradesmen to undertake different aspects of working with wood.

 

Carpenter

Carpentry means the art of cutting, framing, and putting together timber in the construction of buildings, or an assemblage of pieces of timber connected by being framed together, as the pieces of a roof, partition, floor, etc.

 

Joiner

Joinery is the art or work of a joiner; and a joiner is a mechanic who does the woodwork in the covering and finishing of buildings, or whose occupation it is to construct things by joining pieces of wood together. This includes windows, doors and staircases.

 

Cabinet Maker

The artisan who makes furniture of a more elaborate description is usually called a cabinetmaker, the term “cabinet” being applied to a piece of furniture consisting of a case or box furnished with doors and drawers. Basically, a cabinetmaker is a woodworker who makes cabinets and the finer kind of joiner’s work.

Today, cabinetmakers will work in solid wood, typically hardwoods and sheet materials, though Veneers of highly prized wood may be used for decorative purposes. In choosing over another, the cabinetmaker has to consider ease of construction, appearance, cost, weight, strength and durability.

At Alresford Interiors, we employ a team of highly skilled cabinet makers who take immense pride in the work they do.  They delight in working with clients to make their projects a reality.

For any more help and advice, or if you’re ready to start designing your cabinetry project, please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 

 

Planning your dream kitchen

We work with you to plan and realise your dream kitchen. We visit your home and discuss what you already have, what you like and don’t like, and what you want to remove, move or keep.

We ask these sorts of questions to build a profile of your new kitchen:

  • What elements do you want to be close to together, such as the fridge and cooking station, so you don’t have to make too many trips around the kitchen?
  • Where will you want most worktop space? Next to the hob and oven, perhaps?
  • How much storage do you need? Do you want a feature larder
  • Do you use your kitchen for dinner parties or do you have kids to accommodate? Do you therefore need space for a table or for someone to sit to talk to you while you cook?
  • Where do you want to keep the utensils, dinnerware etc that you use most?
  • Do you have a lot of gadgets, and will you want these out so you can use them quickly or stored away?
  • What appliances do you want, and will there be room for them? For example, you might want an American-style fridge freezer instead of a slimmer fridge?

Thinking about how you want to your new kitchen will help us to ensure that your day-to-day needs will not get overlooked in the planning process.

We then look at the constraints in your kitchen, such as size and the positions of doors, windows and sockets. From here, we draw up our initial plans and create images and elevations to help you visualize your new space.

Contact Alresford Interiors on 01962 733016 for more information or to book a no obligation quote.