What does a Carpenter do?

Carpenters are very skilled tradespeople that work in construction. They build and repair lots of different objects usually made from wood, but they may work with other materials occasionally. Their projects will range from constructing buildings to making furniture, and there are specific types of carpenter that can help you depending on your project.

What does a carpenter do?

As well as making objects out of wood, carpenters must undertake a range of tasks to ensure they provide their customers with the best service:

  • Read blueprints and drawings of the object they are making
  • Use their knowledge of different woods to decide which is best for their customer’s project
  • Measure, cut and join items and various materials
  • Use lots of different hand and power tools effectively

How do I know which carpenter to choose?

There are many different types of carpenter, and the one that you need will depend on the work that you require them to do.

Rough carpenter
Rough carpentry includes framing, formwork, roofing and other large-scale work.

Joisters lay floor joists, which are the horizontal boards that are attached to the frame of a structure below door level. The joists give a position for the floor to be attached. They also add strength to the floor for holding weight.

Finish carpenter
You may be most familiar with finish carpenters, as they specialise in fine woodworking and making cabinets, furniture and instruments.

Trim carpenter
Trim carpenters specialise in mouldings and trims, such as mantles, skirting boards, door and window casings, and any other ornamental work.

Cabinet maker
The clue’s in the name! This type of carpenter does very detailed work on items like cabinets, wardrobes and storage chests.

Framers make the skeleton of buildings, so you may need them if you are building a new home or extension.

These carpenters specialise in the rafters, beams and trusses of roofs.

Whether you need a carpenter to make you a new cabinet or to lay new floor joists, there will be a carpenter that is able to help you. Simply use our service to find a carpenter that can assist you with your project.

Emily Rivers

Emily Rivers is the Customer Experience Manager at Quotatis. She informs customers of the latest developments in a range of products so they can make the best choice for their homes and ensures they get the best out of our service.