Joinery is a skilled trade involving the making and fitting of wooden parts used in the construction of buildings, ships, furniture, and other objects. Joiners use a variety of hand and power tools to cut, shape, and assemble wood products. They must be able to read blueprints or instructions and follow them accurately. Joiners also need to have good math skills so they can make precise measurements and calculations.
Most joiners have completed an apprenticeship program that lasts 4 years. During their apprenticeship, they learn the basics of the trade such as how to use hand tools, power tools, read blueprints, make calculations, etc. Some joiners may also choose to complete a 2-year associate degree program in carpentry or a related field.
There are several different types of joinery; each type requires its own set of skills:
Cabinetmaking: Cabinetmakers construct cabinets, bookcases, and other pieces of furniture. They often work with wood veneer and create detailed carvings or inlays.
Frame-and-truss: Frame-and-truss workers fabricate trusses (the structural framework) for homes and commercial buildings. This includes cutting lumber to