Do You Know the Difference Between Carpentry and Woodworking?

Do You Know the Difference Between Carpentry and Woodworking?

Leah discusses the differences between carpentry and woodworking…1/8th of an inch!

Link to the tools shown in the video:

Pfeil “Swiss Made” Marking Knife:
Stanley Sweetheart Chisel Set with Leather Carrying Case:
Divider (scribing)tool:
Marking gauge:
Dovetail saw: (Note: this is a different saw than the one Leah is using in the video. Leah is using the Veritas saw from Woodcraft…not available through Amazon)

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  1. chris Lambert on January 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Leah, that is a very lesson, its well illustrated with good shots of the small detail. I have a 7 year old Son that is learning Carpentry with me, your lessons are great for Him . . . Chris . . . Norwich England

  2. Dustin Feigel on January 16, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Being you brought up the use of the chisels, probably should have mentioned to use a wooden mallet instead of a metal hammer with the chisels. Great video though, and love watching your videos as they are very informative.

  3. J F on January 16, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks for all your teachings ….. It has made me more knowledgable in all my projects. You’re amazing and as always thanks for sharing.

  4. Rick Beam on January 16, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you Leah this is Do Much like Mechanic VS Auto Technician a Tech is Far More Deeply into the Finer points and Details etc.

    Both Could Rebuild the Engine For Your car so that it would last n do it’s jib but a Tech will pay far more attention to Tayloring Build some ecs to Your intended usage. So if you wanted A Great Street/Strip dual use car Tech will bring you a far better finished product

    Love your Channel. Walt

  5. Sidney Mathious on January 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Those are remarkable tools and I can understand how important they are in making furniture, and for making larger items as well whether you be a carpenter, or woodworker.

  6. S.P.K SR. on January 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I’m a woodworker! Thank goodness. Honestly your definition was on par with my thoughts. Woodworkers operate with less margin of error, or at least they should.

  7. Murrays Express on January 16, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    joinery is more precise work than carpentry,i like being meticulous,,,,, therefore,,,woodwork is the craft 4 me

  8. Paul Wharton on January 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Very, very interesting – I love your demonstration & explanation on the "marking knife".

  9. Capt777harris on January 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Very interesting. I did not know that.

  10. brock dion on January 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I’m hooked to your videos.

  11. nick bill on January 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    fine woodworking sees no color or sex

  12. MatchstalkMan on January 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Aw, Leah! Now I have to buy a marking knife! What a great example to demonstrate! Thank you!

  13. Norm Landes on January 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Leah, please inform us on your knowledge of planes, different types of planes, etc. Thanks!

  14. Content of Character on January 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I love your videos. I was a pretty good electrician before becoming an acupuncturist. I was always a bit envious of my dad & grandfather though because they were great at carpentry & plumbing & couldn’t build a box that was truly square. Your channel is encouraging me to experiment & gain new skills. I appreciate you ending your videos with “You can do this.” What a great teacher you are!

  15. Sonja Butler on January 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm


  16. Walter Rider on January 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    thank you Leah . i take my hat off to both carpenters and woodworking ppl. i am a broke down 65 yr old with the will to lean again . i got a garage with some tools in it now . lots of fun . i have been a machinist ( navy trained made parts for sub and other things 10yrs) an electronics bench tech 20yrs and last but not least my first job where i dealt with ppl ( lol ) corrections officer 12 yr till i lost my back . how ever i still can do some things so wood working it shall be . love the info you put out bless you .

  17. Erez Talshahar on January 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    As a journeyman carpenter, your insights are encouraging me to be a woodworker. Your insights and knowledge are so encouraging and inspiring! God bless you!

  18. Johnny BBad on January 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I have been a woodworker for over 40 years. There are many degrees of woodworking. I will say this, I have met many real woodworkers and NONE of them used a tape measure over 16′. The only exception being finish carpenters and cabinet installers but even then it’s their alternative tape that they use for rare long measurements. If someone walks into my shop and they have a 25 footer with them, they are either a carpenter or a hack.

  19. Tea MicahaYah on January 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    This Woman has serious skills.

  20. Deanne Maria on January 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    The difference is in the skills..
    So Leah, In a nutshell, a joiner makes the product that the carpenter installs or repairs. Although the same craft, these are two different and distinct specialties in a highly highly-skilled trade.

  21. John Doe on January 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Leah so would you say when doing woodwork avoid a miter saw or table saw? I saw a dovetail saw. Cutting for woodworking should done with manual saw?

  22. Abiel Rodriguez on January 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Well Leah, if he made furniture, he was definitely a woodworker.

  23. alanrmurphy on January 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Love your videos. No nonsense, straightforward and to the point. You make videos about the subject matter, rather than some subject matter in a video that’s just a vehicle for promoting you 🙂 Thank you.

  24. Kansa City Shuffle on January 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    The difference? About $25/hr

  25. Kweli Walker on January 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Your videos are invaluable. You are a living treasure. Ted must be so proud to have taught you. Your powerful explanations knock the fear right out of me. When I get to the end of each video, I honestly feel confident enough to approach a similar project. It is not a small thing to learn from such an accomplished and person, who is kind enough to share. Hitting the yard sales tomorrow on a tool hunt mission. Thank you soooo much!

  26. mpmarvin999 on January 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Great video. Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I don’t have that special line tool so I used a boxcutter and I have to say I immediately noticed the difference. I’m making two benches for our breakfast nook and I used your method for the second bench and the difference, too me, is VERY noticeable. I did some other things too however (like squaring off the 2x4s). Thanks for sharing.

  27. RNLJR T.C.B on January 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Yes, woodwoorking is a pain in the a**

  28. Ricardo Amarante Fernandes on January 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Leah, here is the thing… you are awesome! I like a lot your teachings !!!

  29. Sarah on January 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Love your videos, Leah! As a female starting out in woodworking, it’s nice to see other women out there rocking it!! 👩🏻‍🔧

  30. Lance Austin on January 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Hey Leah! Love your show! I would like to add that a primary difference between the two is joinery. An old master woodworker/furniture/cabinet maker taught me that a true woodworker doesn’t use nails and screws but only uses wood joints, dowels and pegs. Keep the good stuff coming! Love ya!

  31. Collin Courtois on January 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Superb video! thanks.

  32. Adam Carroll on January 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    You make the absolute BEST videos… I’m just now getting into woodworking and it seems quite daunting at times, but your videos give me courage to try things and cast aside any fear of failure. Thank you so much! – Adam

  33. Cas Trimble on January 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Wow! You make things clear and memorable. Thanks

  34. Jason Phillips on January 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    What a lady.

  35. kimchee94112 on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I’m a wood abuser trying to pass as a woodworker. There’s always pocket screws, wood fillers and paint. Anyway, precision goes both ways and if you’re a finish carpenter, accuracy is a must. And those Japanese carpenters making the most complicated structure framing joineries with unsurpassed precision is something to behold. Wood is too easy, the greatest builders are the ancients exemplified by the monolith stone walls in Peru or the pyramids in Egypt with precision we cannot match.

  36. Rene Strantz on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    You saying you WANTED to work beside him so you could learn more than what you were generally doing says a lot for your character. Passion in what you do.

  37. Liz Masi on January 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I’m a tool junkie. I’m a carpenter that would love to be a woodworker but, don’t have the space. Love your videos.

  38. henry morgner on January 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Calling my self a carpenter is a very proud title.their are specialties within carpentry.I found this out during my journey as one.

  39. Nic Lira on January 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    When I saw your question in the title, my first response was "precision", which you then proceeded to elaborate on. I consider myself a woodworker but I have done "carpentry projects" for my home, and I knew that I did not have to be precise to a 1/32 of an inch on my carpentry but I better be close to that on my woodworking. Oh, except when it comes to baseboards or crown molding, which I guess is also called "finish carpentry".

  40. Stan Webb on January 16, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    While doing home maintenance your head has to wear both hats at different times… once in while you have to fix a kitchen cabinet, dresser, kitchen chair then move over to fix the hole in the dry wall or re-hang a door or fix molding… so knowledge of both is necessary to a degree……Great Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. MrCy101 on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Showing your videos to my daughter so she knows "girls" can do ANYTHING
    Thanks for being you

  42. Sunil Kolekar on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm


  43. DarkSky Geek on January 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Great video! Nice and clear with some great examples. Just one thing though, and that’s in the UK, I think a “woodworker” is called a Joiner over here. Thanks for the video and you have a new sub.

  44. Dennis Lint on January 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Precision and accuracy are the difference between being proud of your work and not. The trade is irrelevant. It just takes knowledge and practice and the desire to do it correctly. Love the videos Leah. Thanks for sharing.

  45. António Lopes on January 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Back in the day, people didn’t even have measuring devises. They placed the pieces on top of each other and marked them with the tip of a nail . I’ve seen some of their work in churches and palaces – 400, 500 years old – beautiful, accurate, and still serving their original purpose.

  46. MrMackanno on January 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Going by Lea’s explanation, I see myself as a woodworker. 
    My wife sees me a carpenter in me. 
    The bunch of chewed wood feeding the fireplace knows I’m beyond any hope with wood!

  47. Vin B Sunday on January 16, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Well said Leah.. Which is why you do not want a Carpenter to lay your Hardwood floor folks 😉

  48. chris Lambert on January 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Leah, I like your illustration that the difference between a Carpenter and a Woodworker is "an 8th of an Inch" (in the UK 3mm) Iam a Construction Manager, in the UK building industry we are very cautious about having Shuttering (form work) carpenters come and do our Finishing Carpentry work, they are usually Butchers, hacker and bashers. Surely the "finest" Carpenters are Furniture makers, my Uncle was a Furniture Maker, I remember Him showing me how to choose a piece of Timber for its given task, i.e, center cut, quarter cut Etc and how they ought to be arranged in the built product . . . Chris . . . Norwich, England .

  49. Will Patterson on January 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Do Americans not call them joiners and cabinet makers to distinguish from carpenters. Didn’t hear the word joinery once in the vid or see it in comments either.

  50. Globe Forever on January 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    In over 50 years in the building trade in the UK I would agree up to a point.
    Anyone who works with wood is a "woodworker". Here we use a simpler classification, Carpenters work on structural timbers, Joiners work on finishing woodwork such as doors skirting boards etc and Cabinet Makers work on furniture.