Types of Residential Carpentry

The 4 main types of residential carpentry are: Finish, Trim, Cabinetmaking and Framing.

A finish carpenter also called a joiner (traditional name now obsolete in North America) is one who does finish carpentry; that is, cabinetry, furniture making, fine woodworking, model building, instrument making, parquetry, joinery, or other carpentry where exact joints and minimal margins of error are important. Some large-scale construction may be of an exactitude and artistry that it is classed as finish carpentry.

A trim carpenter specializes in molding and trim, such as door and window casings, mantels, baseboard, and other types of ornamental work. Cabinet installers may also be referred to as trim carpenters.

A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who does fine and detailed work specializing in the making of cabinets made from wood, wardrobes, dressers, storage chests, and other furniture designed for storage.

A framer is a carpenter that builds the skeletal structure or framework of buildings. Techniques include platform framing, balloon framing, or timber framing (which may be post-and-beam or mortise-and-tenon framing).

Did you know?

  • In Japan, Miya-daiku (Temple carpenter) performs the works of both architect and builder of shrine and temple.
  • A luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The word luthier comes from the French word for lute, “luth”.