Here at Tischler Designs we live and breathe everything cabinetry, joinery and furniture. So when we were approached by the lovely Lauren at West Home Girl to write an informative article for her readers on the differences in the trades, we were so happy to dive in. We hope it’s just as useful and informative for our own Tischler Designs clients.
Cabinet Making is the manufacture and installation of wooden, fixed components within a building, be it residential or commercial:
A joiner is a skilled profession, working primarily with wood to build custom designed pieces of furniture and fittings of a house. In Tischler Designs’ case, these can consist of:
Beds (Built-in or freestanding)
Furniture (bedside tables, tables etc)
Window Bench Seats
Office Furniture (desks, shelving)
Joinery may also include stairs, window frames, doors, or any work using solid timber.
Many people view joinery, cabinet making and carpentry as the same trade, and while the three intermingle, there are many differences that help clarify the three as separate trades.
Carpenters work with wood, building and fixing, in the space where the wood is going to be used, eg. on site, fixing a broken timber window frame using nails. They build the frames and components of a new home to the lock up stage. They can also build fences and pergolas etc.
Cabinet makers create both free-standing fine furniture and custom-built cabinets using fine wood. They meet with clients to discuss their project and build items to the clients’ satisfaction. This can include cupboards, kitchen cabinets, bars, vanities, TV units, and the like.
Joiners manufacture custom designed pieces making nail less joints, in a workshop. These pieces take longer to manufacture, are more thoughtful in its process and are impressive in their skill. Joiners design pieces within a drawing program, guided by measurements taken on site, so that the pieces fit beautifully in the space.
The joinery component of a renovated home is one that requires attention from the very beginning. We recommend engaging your joiner as soon as your build begins. Joinery requires time and labour, along with a lot decision making, so the sooner you are prepared the better.
If you are working with a builder, they may have their own cabinet maker who you will meet with throughout the process. You may also choose to take on the cabinetry side of the build yourselves. The builder would take that out of the initial quote and you will arrange that side of it yourselves.
We have compiled a list of factors that need to be considered when approaching your joinery project:
– Budget $$$ – This is by far the most important, as this will guide you to the material selections that best fit your desired overall look.
– Style / Colour – An inspiration portfolio of images is a great way of compiling inspiration styles and helps clarify the look you are trying to achieve. We love social media tools, such as pinterest, Houzz and Instagram, with its abundance of current trends and styles.
– Materials – Well, there is an abundance of them, and one to suit every price point. Your style and overall look will guide you to the materials you decide on. From two pack, vinyl wrap, acrylics and laminates, there is a material for every budget you can imagine.
– Benchtops – Kitchen tops are one of the most hard-working surfaces, we recommend choosing something that will last the distance, whilst also keeping your budget in check. You may choose to save costs in the laundry, where its less utilised, laminate benchtops are an option. From natural stone to reconstituted stone and laminate benchtops, there are many colour choices on offer.
– Handles – Often overlooked, handles are so important in achieving your overall look. They are like jewellery for your cabinetry and play an important role in lifting a space.
Auburn Woodturning handles are beautiful. We have used these in many homes and they look stunning.
Pinterest is a great tool for finding inspiration and guiding you to your style.
Renovating can be overwhelming, with many decisions and quick thinking involved. Tischler Designs love working clients from the conception and riding the renovating wave together. Playing with samples and materials, creating mood boards, communicating different ideas and just generally being a guide in helping you achieve your dream home.