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Woodworking 101: What Does a Carpenter Do?

Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing home in Guelph, you will need to consider the professionals with which you work quite carefully. You will need to work closely with several different professionals during the process (or hire a skilled general contractor to manage the entire process). One of the first questions you might encounter is whether or not you need a carpenter. To answer this, you’ll need to know a bit more about carpenters and what they do.

What Is a Carpenter?

Carpentry has been around as long as humans have needed to craft things from wood – basically forever. Carpenters are usually highly trained professionals capable of creating almost anything from wood. Whether you need a desk built or want custom shelving created for your office, a carpenter is going to be the professional for your needs.

However, carpenters do more than building shelves. They also play an important role in core construction – framing requires an expert hand and knowledge of important carpentry skills. It is important to make sure that the construction crew for your home has skilled carpenters onboard. While almost anyone can sling a hammer, it takes great skill to be accurate in measurements, to create unique solutions to problems and to ensure that construction quality is as high as possible. You don’t want to take any chances here, so hiring a “general handyman” is not the right solution for your needs.

Carpenters also specialize in different areas. A rough carpenter often specializes in just rough construction, while a trim carpenter is responsible for the finishing touches on your home, your walls, flooring and other areas like your interior doors. It’s difficult to imagine another profession with as much impact on your finished construction project, actually.

Important Notes

Of course, not all carpenters are created equal. Ideally, you want to work with those who have a formal education, and one that has risen to the rank of at least journeyman within his or her organization. A journeyman carpenter has enough knowledge to do almost anything, though a master carpenter has more knowledge and skill (and might be required for detailed, custom jobs where a fine touch is required).
Make sure that any carpenter you hire is licensed and insured, though. This safeguards you against accidents and problems with the project. Often, working with a general contractor can help you find the highest quality carpenter available.

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