Understanding Adelaide Joinery Basics

When people think of joinery, they often think of the joining of bread to make it into a loaf of bread loaves or the joining of fish to make it into a bowl of fish and chips. While these are common examples of joinery, there are many more common types of joinery. For example, there is the Adelaide joinery used in the production of furniture, cabinets, doors, books, musical instruments, musical sheets, etc. In fact, there is so much joinery that it would be impossible to ever talk about it all. Instead, you need to understand a little about each type of joinery and what type of joinery is commonly used for the item being made.


Woodworking is one of the most common types of joinery practised today. A joiner is a craftsman and entrepreneur who builds items by joining together pieces of wood, especially lighter and ornamental, than that done by an ordinary carpenter, such as furniture and the hardware of a home, boat, etc. Common woodworking joinery is used in such a way as to allow for the insertion of hinges, nails, screws, pins, and other fittings. People skilled in woodworking joinery can create all sorts of unique, decorative furniture.


Carpentry is another popular type of Adelaide joinery practised today. It is the art and science of creating items from wood. The term carpentry is sometimes used in conjunction with woodworking, but the two words are usually used to refer to separate fields of expertise. People who practice carpentry can construct all kinds of furniture, cabinets, desks, shelving, bookshelves, and sculptures.


At the other end of the spectrum is commercial joinery. Commercial carpenters and furniture makers are able to build large items out of solid wood using industrial-strength tools. These items include chairs, tables, countertops, cabinet and display units, and shelving. Many commercial structures, such as hospitals, restaurants, and conference facilities, are built with the aid of commercial joinery techniques. These large industrial facilities have been constructed without the use of traditional joinery methods because they would be otherwise prohibitively expensive.


Adelaide joinery is a craft that requires a variety of skills and knowledge. Anyone interested in joinery must master the ability to measure accurately and choose the correct timber to be used. Joiners must also know how to apply the jointing materials correctly, as well as how to protect the base material from moisture and eventual discolouration. Carpenters must have experience working with a variety of types of timber, including redwood, cedar, pine, hemlock, spruce, larch, ash, white oak, as well as birch, maple, chestnut, oak, hickory, and many others.