Welcome to KCS Carpentry and Joinery
In this section we’ll be featuring articles covering all aspects of Carpentry and Joinery. So whether you’re looking for advice on improving your own carpentry skills or wondering whether you’ll need a carpenter for a larger project that you may have in mind, check here first. If you don’t see what you want contact us and we’ll feature an article on the subject . Or if it’s something more specific we’ll see if we can answer your query in an email, or at least tell you where to find the answer
Carpentry and Joinery
Is there a difference? Historically joinery is carried out by is a type of carpenter who fitted together pieces of wood without using metal parts to join them. More recently the difference, as it relates to the building industry, has revolved around the distinction between ‘first and second fixing’. A carpenter makes the frame, (the parts you don’t normally see in the finished structure, whether it is the timber frame for a house or the carcass for a staircase), and the joiner does the more visible work like making staircases and fitted cupboards and often will instal them on site. Life however is too short for such distinctions. It’s unlikely you’ll find someone who does the joinery who’ll turn down your work because it needs elements of carpentry this also applies the other way round. So you shouldn’t need to call in two different tradesmen to do the woodwork on a new staircase.
But there are still companies that specialise in carpentry and joinery who specialise in different things. If you check out our advice you’ll be better equipped to understand exactly what skill you’re looking for when it comes to seeking out a tradesman or you may come to see that your job is something that you can easily tackle yourself.
So whether you’re building a loft extension, remodelling a room or building a house we can help as ever we’ll be focusing on the environmental impacts of the work. Green carpentry and joinery is a subject in itself. Using less material to achieve the same outcome is good for both the environment and the pocket.
Well be advising on the best methods of modern construction as well as focussing on traditional techniques. You may well be able to tackle things like skirting, dados, picture rails, some types of kitchen units, shelving, or even building a shed yourself. Some ‘carpentry’ jobs are remarkably simple, but some are difficult and it’s not immediately obvious to the uninitiated which is which. We’ll be helping you decide whether you can tackle the job yourself and if you decide to try we’ll help you through it
We’ll be passing on some of the tricks of the trade professionals in carpentry and joinery that they have acquired over years. You may discover that what appears to be a baffling carpentry puzzle turns out to be easier than you think and no skill at all is required. On the other hand you may find that what looks easy is best left to an expert and save yourself a lot of time and money and aggravation.