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Woodworker Vs. Carpenter Vs. Contractor (WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?!)
I’ve noticed over the years that most people seem to think that the words woodworker, carpenter and contractor are interchangeable. But, they describe very different careers and jobs. Here are some brief explanations of each:
Woodworker: Craftspeople who mostly work in a shop setting to build small, high quality projects (which can typically be moved around by hand.) Woodworkers used very specialized tools such as chisels and planes, as well as much larger tools like jointers and drill presses. These tools don’t travel well, so woodworkers like to be in their shops working.
Carpenter: Tradespeople who tend to work on job sites and construction sites using mobile tools to build and repair larger structures such as houses, decks, fences, pergolas, etc…Carpenters break down into many categories such as framers, trim carpenters, fence-builders, and more.
Contractor: Typically refers to a “general contractor,” which is a professional who knows a good amount about houses, generally has a contractor’s license, and hires subcontractors or “subs” to come in a carry out phases of a construction project. Contractors often don’t do the work themselves, they just manage the project, then mark up the job costs with a fee of their own.
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