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What is carpentry

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood constructions; from the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim. Some carpenters pre-fabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining, and installing structural elements. Many specialize in one aspect of construction.

Types of carpenters

Rough Carpenters: Rough carpenters usually work outdoors on large construction projects. They build from blueprints and are the ones framing, or constructing the "skeleton" of the building or house. After the materials are acquired, the rough carpenters cut the materials according to specifications. They use hand saws, power saws, and various wood working machines. Once the boards are cut to spec, they are then assembled with wood or nails.

Finish Carpenters: Finish carpenters are the ones that usually make the pretty stuff like furniture, cabinets, instruments, canoes, and various good looking things. They are very detail oriented and their work is often performed in a shop. Finish carpenters can specialize in many different areas such as trim carpentry, cabinetmakers, scenic carpentry, and can even be luthiers which are the carpenters that make instruments such as a cello or violin.

Jobs to hire a carpenter for

Carpenters work with many different types of tools. Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, and rafters—made from wood and other materials. Some may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall. Others are craftsmen that can create beautiful works of art such as an instrument, sculpture, and custom work on things like molding, staircases, and doors.


Costs will depend on the particular project, the professional you hire and on the materials that you choose for the woodwork.

Most carpenters charge by the linear foot for trimming and molding work, and the linear foot charge usually includes both material and labor. Although the exact price varies for each project, the average price for trimming jobs ranges from approximately $2 to $7 per linear foot, and the average price for crown molding is typically around $7 to $13 per linear foot.