They both come under the phrase ‘carpentry’ nevertheless their skills and specialties differ. A joiner is a qualified craftsman who makes or joins the wood, usually in a workshop, while a carpenter builds the timber on site. In simple terms a joiner makes the wood that a carpenter then fixes on site.

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There are no official qualifications necessary to become a joiner. Before becoming a self-employed joiner and beginning your own business, though, it’s expected you’ll need some on-the-job experience. If you look for experience through an employer, most will ask for some qualifications when hiring.

Finding a good carpenter. Begin by asking friends, family, and neighbours for suggestions. A good local carpenter will come very recommended by former customers. Look for carpentry and joinery businesses with lots of reviews and check their profile photographs and company websites.

One trustworthy way of finding a joiner is by talking to people who have done a project like the one you intend to do. They can be able to give you recommendations of the carpenter they appointed to do the job. Find out if they were pleased with the work that was done and if the joiner provided quality work.

Role-specific questions
  • How long have you been a Joiner?
  • Do you have experience as a residential/commercial/industrial Joiner?
  • What do you like about your job?
  • What do you think makes a good joiner?
  • What does NTS mean on a blueprint?
  • Can you provide first-aid/CPR?
  • Do you test tools before use? How?
Joiners should also possess the following specific qualities:
  • Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments.
  • Detail oriented. …
  • Manual dexterity. …
  • Math skills. …
  • Physical stamina. …
  • Physical strength. …
  • Problem-solving skills.
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