What Is The Difference Between a Carpenter And a Woodworker

By Adam Davis



Are you looking for a craftsman to do some wood work in your house or business premises? Although the carpenter and the joiner both work with this material, their services are totally different. Indeed, the carpenter works mainly on the structural level. Indeed, he intervenes at the level of the structure of the building. On the other hand, the carpenter takes care of the finishing elements, such as openings, stairs, flooring, partitions, furniture, woodwork, railings …


Considering the extent of the carpenter’s services, making the difference with the carpenter can be confusing. To better distinguish these two craftsmen, discover their main attributions in this article.


What the woodworker can do for you


The carpenter is a craftsman who can be entrusted with interior and exterior design projects. On the interior level, his services are mainly focused on finishing work, such as


The installation and renovation of openings and access

The installation of parquet flooring

The arrangement of spaces: partitioning, furnishing

The installation of stairs

The installation and repair of woodwork

The application of interior insulation cladding

In terms of exterior design projects, the carpenter can also provide many types of services. Indeed, you can for example call upon him to :


Laying parquet flooring on terraces and balconies

Design and install railings

Installing pergolas and loggias

Create outdoor furniture

Installing a swimming pool

Building additional spaces: carport, cottage, wooden pool…

Moreover, it is also one of the essential craftsmen to carry out a facade renovation. Indeed, this type of project includes new carpentry works, such as windows, doors, bays, patio doors, shop windows, railings, exterior cladding…


The replacement of these elements requires, however, to take into account the technical constraints of the building and the town planning rules of your town. The carpenter can however advise you and accompany you in all your projects of outside arrangement.

What services does the carpenter offer?


Intervening on the structural work, the carpenter takes part in the creation of the frame of the building. Indeed, he is specialized in the assembly of the frameworks and is thus in charge of designing all the necessary supporting elements for their development. This includes in particular:






If the roof structure is the main structure for which the carpenter is responsible, you should know that he is also involved in many other components of the building. Indeed, he is also required to work on the structure of floors, walls and floors. Moreover, even if this professional is mainly required to work with wood, he also masters the use of many other materials, to make concrete forms, metal coatings, glass, PVC or composite joinery.


In addition to new construction, the carpenter also provides services of renovation and repair of structures. In addition, he can also offer similar services to the woodworker:


Creation and installation of openings: doors, windows, patio doors, bay windows

Furnishing and decoration: moldings, furniture and storage spaces, finishing woodwork

Layout: partitioning

Design and installation of stairs

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